Banner Archive for May 2016

This week at the Army War College & Carlisle Barracks….

June 1 – The Carlisle Barracks Visitors Center will begin a “soft opening” of operations. During the month of June, non-DoD ID card holder visitors will be re-directed to the Visitors Center during certain periods in order for the staff to begin using the new visitors clearance process that will become effective for all on July 1.   

June 2 – The Commissary Truckload sale starts today and runs through June 5. The Exchange will also be holding a “sidewalk sale.”

June 2 – The JAG Office will be closed from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a farewell for Lt. Col. Kerry Maloney.

June 4 – The Spring Carlisle Barracks Yard sale will be held form 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on post in front of the participating individuals' on-post quarters and on Indian Field. Breakfast and lunch will be available and vendors will set up on Indian Field.

Hessian Powder Magazine closed June 1

The Hessian Powder Magazine on Carlisle Barracks will be closed June 1 for annual maintenance. It is scheduled to re-open on June 2.

UAVs, remote control planes not permitted on Carlisle Barracks

They come in all shapes and sizes, did you know that the use of unmanned aerial vehicles or remote control aircraft is prohibited on Carlisle Barracks?

In accordance with FAA and Department of Transportation policy, these vehicles may pose a danger to named aircraft in flight and to persons and property on the surface. This is especially true in the area of the Carlisle Barracks helipad.

Looking for a place to fly? Many area enthusiasts use Bear Airfield, near Bloserville, Pa, which is about 15 miles from Carlisle Barracks.

Commandant speaks of service, sacrifice at Carlisle Memorial Day event

Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp, Army War College Commandant, was the guest speaker and Grand Marshall for the Carlisle Barracks Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony May 30. Want more photos?

Under clear skies and in front of a packed Veterans Square in Downtown Carlisle, Pa., Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp, Army War College Commandant, hosted a “reverent celebration” of the American Soldier.

Rapp spoke in front of about 200 who gathered in the square after the annual Memorial Day Parade down Hanover Street.

“We’re here to honor the indomitable spirt of the men and women who dared all, who gave all, so that we might continue to enjoy the freedoms and benefits of this great nation,” he said.  

The crowd, full of veterans from World War II to Iraq and Afghanistan, joined Rapp to share stories of valor, heroics and sacrifices of citizens from all walks of life.

Rapp shared the story of former President Theodore Roosevelt, who, with his four sons, served in combat over the course of three wars, as an example of the sacrifices and dedication of Americans. More often though, its everyday citizens who answered the call, he said.

“While the Roosevelts enjoy great fame in American history, much more often our heroes are ordinary citizens, our neighbors, our friends, those who answered the nation’s call when we needed them most.”  

Rapp and area Veterans salute during the playing of Taps, after placing a wreath on the memorial in Veterans Square.

He shared the story of Corporal Freddie Stowers, an African-American raised in the deep south, who took charge of his platoon after his leaders were shot down during the Meuse-Argonne campaign of World War I. Mortally wounded and facing constant machine gun fire, he continued to lead a charge on two German trench lines resulting in the capturing of his unit’s objective. He was recognized in 1991 with the Medal of Honor for his courage under fire.

Rapp than transported the crowd to Vietnam and shared the story of Staff Sgt. Roy Benavidez, who volunteered to fly to the jungle west of Loc Ninh, where a 12-man special forces team was surrounded by 1,000 North Vietnamese soldiers. He saw that all of the team was either dead or too wounded to walk and carried them back to the landing zone while fighting off enemy soldiers. He had 37 separate bullet, bayonet and shrapnel wounds but saved the lives of eight men.

He then shared a story of two men who are quite familiar to the Carlisle Community, Master Sgt. Gary Gordon and Sgt 1stClass Randall Shughart, two Delta Force operators who sacrificed their lives to save Chief Warrant Officer 3 Mike Durant, in Magadisu, Somalia. Both volunteered to go to the aid of Durant and were subjected to intense fire from automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades. They stayed and fought until overwhelmed. Shughart, a Newville, Pa. native and Gordon both received the Medal of Honor for their actions. The enlisted barracks on post are named in honor of Shughart.   

Rapp closed with the story of Army Capt. Kimberly Hampton, a OH-58 Kiowa helicopter pilot who led her platoon into Iraq in 2003. On Jan. 2, 2004, she was shot down a killed while flying in support of troops battling on the ground in Fallujah. She was the first female pilot killed in combat operations.

“Today… we take time to reflect on all those service members who sacrificed themselves so that we might continue our lives in freedom and security,” he said. “Those we remember today came from across our country – every face and religion, from farms and factories, cities and neighborhoods and every imaginable walk of life.

“At the moment of greatest danger, all of them chose to put themselves in harms’ way in defense of their comrades, their country and each of us.”

He closed by saying why Memorial Day is so important -- to remember their sacrifices and keep their memories alive.

“Citizens of this great nation cannot help but feel awed by the enormity of sacrifices of these men and women. We merely need to feel the warmth of the sun on this beautiful day to remember them looking down on us, and what they gave us.”


United Nations – A Beacon of Hope

May 26, 2016 -- U.S. Army War College observed the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers this morning, at the Root Hall academic building.

Keynote speaker, Indian Army Brig.Gen.Jagdish Chaudhari addressed the theme, “Honoring our Heroes.”

Brig. Gen. Chaudhari addresses the Carlilse Community during the international Day of United Nations Peacekeepers.

“On this International Peacekeepers Day, let us pledge to serve at the strategic level with humility and contribute towards peace while making and creating partnerships, sharing the common will, building capacity, and sharing costs … thus making the United Nations a beacon of hope for millions of people around the world,” said Chaudhari.

Let us remember those 3,468 UN peacekeepers who sacrificed their lives for peace, he said.

In 1996-97, Chaudhari served in the UN peacekeeping mission at Angola, as the operations officer of the Indian Battalion during the Angola Verification Mission III and coordinated the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration process.

“As peacekeeping missions are confronted with a larger seemingly unsurmountable challenges around the world, we join the global community in paying tribute to all UN peacekeepers pass and present for their service, protection and promotion of peace,” said Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp, Army War College commandant.

International Fellows that have served in UN peacekeeping operations are recgonized for their service during the international Day of United Nations Peacekeepers.

The people of the War College honored today those peacekeepers who have lost their lives while serving as “blue helmets,” and the more than 1 million men and women who have served since 1948.

The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers was established by the General Assembly in 2002, to pay tribute to all men and women serving in peacekeeping operations and to honor the memory of those who have lost their lives in the cause of peace.  The Assembly designated 29 May as the Day to honor the peace keepers because it was that date in 1948 when the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO), the world body’s first peacekeeping mission, began operations in Palestine.

Yard sale rescheduled for June 4

The Carlisle Barracks Spring Yard Sale will take place Saturday, June 4, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of Outdoor Recreation, between the Exchange and Commissary.

Post residence are invited to sell from their homes.  Personnel who had signed up to be on Indian Field on the 21st, are invited to return and set up in front of Outdoor Recreation.  Any off post personnel who would like to sell (and had not signed up for the 21st) can still sign up by contacting Barracks Crossing Skills Center at 717-245-3020/4972 or Outdoor Recreation at 717-245-4616/3657 and reserve a spot.  Cost:  $20.00.

For more information contact Kevin Small at 717-245-4069.

Military speakers remember ,honor our veterans

May 26, 2016 -- Twenty four Army War College students and staff will be highlighted speakers at multiple Memorial Day events around the greater Carlisle area.  Additionally, Capital BlueCross will sponsor an event with a USAWC speaker.

The Joint Veterans Council of Carlisle will hold the annual Memorial Day parade and ceremony on Monday, May 30.  The parade begins at 9 a.m.  The ceremony follows at 9:45 a.m. at Veterans' Memorial Courtyard.  Maj. Gen. William E. Rapp, Commandant U.S. Army War College is the guest speaker.

Maj. Gen. William E. Rapp, 50th Commandant of the U.S. Army War College


 Wednesday May 25

 Hummelstown– (Homewood at Plum Creek) will hold a Memorial Day Service at 2 p.m. The guest speaker is Lt. Col. Michael Adelberg, USAWC faculty.

Friday May 27

Camp Hill– (Rolling Green Cemetery) will hold a Memorial Day Service at 2 noon. The guest speaker is Lt. Col Stuart Werner, USAWC class of 2016.

Harrisburg – (Capital BlueCross) will hold a Memorial Day Service at 9 a.m. The guest speaker is Col. Gary Graves, USAWC class of 2016.

Sunday May 29

Landisville – (East Hempfield Township, Hempfield Fire Company) will hold a Memorial Day Service at 2 p.m. The guest speaker is Lt. Col. Scott Fitzgerald, USAWC class of 2016.

Codorus – (Jefferson Boro) will hold a Memorial Day Service at 1:30 p.m. The guest speaker is Col. Brendon Arcuri, USAWC class of 2016.

Carlisle – (Dickinson Presbyterian Church) will hold a Memorial Day Service at 1030 a.m. The guest speaker is Col. Andy Miltner, USAWC class of 2016.

Monday May 30

West Pennsboro – (West Pennsboro Township Park) will hold a Memorial Day Service at noon. The guest speaker is Col. Janson Knight, USAWC class of 2016.

Mcconnellsburg– (VFW post 655 and American Legion post 561) will hold a Memorial Day Service at 10 a.m. The guest speaker is Lt. Col. Charles Burnett, USAWC class of 2016.

Lebanon – (Grand View Memorial Park) will hold a Memorial Day Service at noon. The guest speaker is Mr. Philip Romanelli, USAWC class of 2016.

York– (VFW 8951) will hold a Memorial Day Service at 9 a.m. The guest speaker is Col. Dale Snider, USAWC class of 2016.

Elizabethtown - (parade, speech at Veterans Park) will hold a Memorial Day Service at 9 a.m. The guest speaker is Col. Kennon Gilliam, USAWC class of 2016.

Mechanicsburg – (Bethany Village Retirement Community) will hold a Memorial Day Service at 11 a.m. The guest speaker is Col. Ronnie Brown, USAWC class of 2016.

Dillsburg – (Parade hosted by VFW post 6771) will hold a Memorial Day Service at 10 a.m. The guest speaker is Col. Curt Stewart, USAWC class of 2016.

East Berlin – (Lake Meade Community Center) will hold a Memorial Day Service at 11 a.m. The guest speaker is David Bagwell, USAWC class of 2016.

Carlisle – (Cumberland Crossings Retirement Community) will hold a Memorial Day Service at 1030 a.m. The guest speaker is Col. Carl Ramsey, USAWC class of 2016.

Mechanicsburg – (VFW post 7530) will hold a Memorial Day Service at 11 a.m. The guest speaker is Col. Jason Wolter, USAWC class of 2016.3

Mercersburg - (American Legion Post 517) will hold a Memorial Day Service at 8 a.m. The guest speaker is Lt. Col. Jarrett Thomas, USAWC class of 2016.

Mount Holly Springs - (MHS Cemetery) will hold a Memorial Day Service at noon. The guest speaker is CDR Harry Hamilton, USAWC class of 2016.

Mechanicsburg - (Silver Springs Township) will hold a Memorial Day Service at 1 p.m. The guest speaker is Lt. Col. Dean Preston, USAWC class of 2016.

Waynesboro – (Parade, speech at Memorial Park) will hold a Memorial Day Service at 9 a.m. The guest speaker is Col. Mark Parker, USAWC class of 2016.

Etters - (Etters Cemetery) will hold a Memorial Day Service at 10 a.m. The guest speaker is Lt. Col. Brigham Dobson, USAWC class of 2016.

Littlestown - (Mason – Dixon VFW and Ocker-Snyder post 321) will hold a Memorial Day Service at 6 p.m. The guest speaker is Lt Col. Chuck Long, USAWC class of 2016.


David Vergun, Army News Service

Ancient game used to understand U.S.-China strategy

NOTE: View the research team's discussion panel at the National Press Club, May 26, at

May 24, 2016 -- WASHINGTON (Army News Service) -- By understanding "Go" -- a board game said to have been invented in China around 3,000 years ago -- the United States can better craft its national security strategy with China and avoid war, said William "Trey" Braun.

Braun, a retired Army colonel and research professor at the U.S. Army War College's Strategic Institute, led a discussion on U.S.-China strategy at the National Press Club here, May 24.

With him were some of the 10 U.S. and international students from the USAWC, who participated in a nine-month study of that strategy. Braun was project lead, with support from fellow USAWC research professor David Lai.


Before understanding Go, however, one needs to understand the tense relationship China and the U.S. have, Braun said, describing it as "the gray zone."

Basically, both countries are operating in the gray zone, where neither war nor peace is present. And, "the U.S. is not doing well in that competitive space," he said.

When Beijing hosted the summer Olympics, that marked China's emergence into a stage of power transition marked by growing assertiveness, he said. It was at that time that China -- a rapidly rising military and economic power -- began to flex its muscles in the region. At the same time, the U.S. went into the so-called "Great Recession" and was focused in Southwest Asia.

By flexing its muscle, Braun said he meant China occupying reefs in the South China Sea inside an arc of territory they felt was taken from them after World War II. China also began challenging air and nautical passage of other countries with its own air and naval fleet, sometimes using its fishing vessels as proxies.

Braun said his group's study predicted that future aggressive acts could result in a miscalculation that triggers war. In fact, he noted, 16 countries from other parts of the world at one time went through their own gray zones with competitor nations; and, of those 16, 12 resulted in miscalculations leading to war.

The goal of the study, he said, was to find a way for the U.S. and its partner nations in that area to navigate smoothly through the gray zone competition, so China's rise to eventual U.S. equality of power in the region will transition peacefully. Both countries, he noted, share this desire to resolve differences without using force.


Go is much more than a game, Braun said. It's the prism through which China views the world and the way it thinks and operates. And, if America wants to be successful in the gray zone, it needs to first understand how their game is played.

Braun compared and contrasted Go to the Western game of chess.

In Go, a two-player game, the object is to surround and seize an opponent's terrain. Players use white or black stones as game pieces. The idea is to outmaneuver the other player's arrangement of stones on the board, which is about the size of a chess board but with many more positions that can be played.

While the game of Go produces a winner just as in chess, he explained, the difference is that in Go, the "loser" who played well may have lost overall, but won in various sections of the board and can walk away from the game knowing not all was lost.

This analogy speaks to a range of gray zone competitive interests China and the U.S. have in other parts of the world, in military aspects, cyber, space, policy and economic, he said. There doesn't need to be a clear winner across the board.

He then offered another analogy.

The aim of Go is to win without fighting and an apparent attack doesn't need to occur right away. It more or less unfolds, he said. In chess, the aim is to right away attack, remove opposing pieces and checkmate the other's king, Braun said.

The chess analogy for the U.S. is that when "its interests are threatened" it has a tendency "to break glass, bring out the military and then go back to peace," he said. That's now how the Chinese operate. Their strategy unfolds over time, not in an abrupt manner.


The U.S. Army and national strategy policymakers need to understand this Chinese mindset and perspective in order to accommodate China as a co-power in the region, without necessarily compromising partnerships with allies in the region, Braun said.

There are low-cost approaches to accomplishing this, he said.

To sum them up, Braun said, most involve sharing the cost and burden of a regional defense and letting other countries lead when it comes to military training and preparedness. Right now, the countries in that area look to the U.S. to lead and to provide advanced military technology. "We're not allowing our partners to grow."

The other effect that would have, would be to reduce tensions with China, he said. For example, if there's a confrontation with a Chinese fishing vessel by a U.S. Navy ship, it would be much more provocative than if that vessel is from a partner nation. But the vessels from partner nations just aren't there.

Another important approach is to continually engage China in dialog and in peaceful military-to-military engagements, something currently not happening, he said.

The study will be released and available to view at the Strategic Studies Institute website sometime in late July.

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Carlisle Barracks honors Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage with culture, traditions and history

May 20, 2016 -- The month of  May is dedicated to Asian/Pacific Islander heritage, acknowledging the contributions of those who have strengthened America and the American military. Americans of Asian and Pacific Island descent have proudly served in America's Army during the Civil War, World Wars I and II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Gulf War and operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

The key note speaker was  Ambassador Daniel Shields, who has worked on U.S. policy in the Asia-Pacific region for more than 30 years.  He served as the U.S. Ambassador to Brunei from 2011-14.

"Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are helping to drive our country forward," said Shields. "Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are working side-by side with their fellow Americans of all heritages to make indispensable contributions -- as diplomats, military leaders, business people, and in countless other ways," he said.


The Hawaiian Entertainment & Catering company from Washington, D.C. Food offered food samplings that represent Hawaii, China, Japan, Philippines, and Polynesia.   The group entertained the audience with a variety of cultural dances, including Otea — a traditional Tahitian dance; Hula Kahiko – an ancient Hawaiian chant; a variety of hula dancing, and the dance of the Maori Poi balls.

The Sunshine Dance Company, of Harrisburg, performed through dance, to share the Chinese culture and arts with the local community.

The U.S. Army strongly embraces diversity as a way to create a system that maximizes individual talents, increases morale and greatly enhances military effectiveness. Past and present Asian-American and Pacific Islander Soldiers and Army Civilians have built a legacy of professionalism, selfless service, dignity and respect, and continue this legacy today while inspiring generations to come.

Strategic Wargaming takes on World War I,  II

May 24, 2016 -- The next Strategic Wargame Event is "Grand Strategy Formulation in WWI/WWII" using a commercial boardgame series, "Axis and Allies," moderated by Mr. Larry Harris, on Wednesday, 25 May from 1400-2100 at the Army Heritage and Education Center (AHEC).  This event will feature all of the major games in the Axis and Allies series and is open to the public. Mr. Harris will also debut “War Room,” a new game design currently in playtesting, during this event.

Scene-setter presentations will be conducted at 1400, 1600 and 1800 by Mr. Larry Harris, the Axis and Allies series designer. COL Jerry Hall from the Center for Strategic Leadership, U.S. Army War College, will discuss how Axis & Allies reinforces key concepts from the War College curriculum. Game play available throughout.

Axis & Allies is a series of War II strategy board games, produced in the 1980s by Milton Bradley and now revered by history buffs and strategy game enthusiasts worldwide, according to Coll Jerry Hall. His strategic gaming team sponsors strategic wargaming both as formal military assessment tools -- and, like this, as teaching tools.

The Axis & Allies Classic introduces the setting:  “It is the spring of 1942. The world is at war. Five world powers are struggling for supremacy. You and your opponents control the military and economic destiny of one or more of these countries. The Axis powers are Germany and Japan. Challenging their expansionism are the Allied powers of the United Kingdom, the U.S.S.R. and the United States.”

Axis & Allies 1941: “Five major powers struggle for supremacy. Germany and Japan are aligned against the great alliance of the United Kingdom, the Soviet Union, and the United States. This game is designed to for quick set up and streamlined gameplay making it the perfect introduction to A&A mechanics and play style.”

Axis & Allies 1942: Revised edition of the A&A Classic. “Axis & Allies 1942 lets you take command of the forces from the UK, US, Soviet Union, Germany, or Japan and plot your strategy for world domination.”

Axis & Allies Europe 1940: “With the invasion of the Low Countries and the Allied evacuation from Dunkirk, the German army is poised to march on Paris. Combine this deluxe theater-level game with Axis & Allies Pacific 1940 for an unparalleled Axis & Allies experience.”

Axis & Allies Pacific 1940: “Axis & Allies Pacific 1940 brings to life the Pacific theater of war like no game before. With new combat units, a playable ally in ANZAC forces, and over 450 deluxe pieces, it's up to you to strategize, move forces, and resolve contests to win the day. Combine this deluxe theater-level game with Axis & Allies Europe 1940 for an unparalleled Axis & Allies experience.”

Axis & Allies 1914: “Axis & Allies 1914 lets players experience Axis & Allies in the setting of World War I. Control the armies of 1914 using an adapted version of the familiar time-tested A&A rules.”

 The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center is located at 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle, PA 17013. This event is free to open to the public.

For more information, call the Strategic Simulations Division at 717-245-4710 or email COL Jerry Hall:

 The Strategic Wargame Program uses government and commercial "off the shelf" wargames and simulations to reinforce key aspects of the War College curriculum. Simulations are selected based on ease of use, time to learn, time to play and relevance to the curriculum. If you would like to recommend a game, please contact us.

DISCLAIMER: The commercial games and simulations used in this program are selected to meet unique local educational requirements. The use of the selected games and simulations does not imply endorsement by, or the official policy of, the Department of the Army, Department of Defense, or the US Government.

Soldier for Life: Beginning the transition process

So, you just looked at your countdown calendar and, in about a year, you're going to be parting company with the Army.

"Wow!" you think, "That time will pass fast." You're suddenly overcome with a gnawing feeling that you ought to be doing something to get ready for this major change in your life.


The stress of servicemembers who are transitioning to the civilian world is very real, just ask Jeff Hanks, the Soldier for Life – Transition Assistance Program Manager at Carlisle Barracks.

Since 2005 Carlisle Barracks has had more than 3,000 Soldiers come through the Soldier for Life program formerly known as ACAP.  The program is open to active duty, National Guard and Reserve Soldiers.

“The Soldier for Life-Transition Assistance Program process works best when initiated early,” said Hanks. “Retiring or separating servicemembers may begin the process two years before their retirement date and separating servicemembers should begin no later than no later than 12-18 months out.”

Across the Army the transition program has changed from the old ACAP program which lasted only 2 ½ days to the new five day program.  Pre-separation/initial counseling is completed the prior to the start of the five day workshop. 

The workshop provides separating personnel the skills and knowledge needed to obtain a new career. Attendees are taught principles in setting objectives, networking, writing resumes’ and cover letters, interviewing techniques, salary/benefit negotiations, and other job search skills. Information is also provided to attendees regarding veterans’ benefits, health insurance, joining the Reserve and National Guard, and how to file for disability and unemployment insurance benefits. The workshops are conducted by Hanks and his team with VA representatives and Department of Labor facilitators.

“The program provides a tremendous amount of information and resources to the servicemember so they can get started in making the right choices as they exit the service to their next career,” said Hanks.

If you see yourself in this scenario, read on -- indeed, it may be too far out to start sending out resumes, but there are some things you can do while you're waiting for that separation or retirement date to draw closer.

-- Start networking. You can get started networking (talking) with relatives, friends and acquaintances to let them know you'll be looking for a job in about a year. You'll probably be pleasantly surprised at just how helpful network contacts can be. Most people you talk to will be more than willing to help.

Of course, the more specific you can be in terms of what you want to do and where you want to live, the more valuable your network contacts can be. The value of networking in job search is illustrated by the fact that almost 80% of job seekers find their jobs through some form of networking.

-- Attend an SFL-TAP job assistance workshop. Knowing how and where to look for a job is half the battle. You can never begin too soon to start learning all you can about the job search process, how to produce great resumes and cover letters, and acquiring excellent interviewing skills that make you look and sound polished while you are trying to market your abilities.

-- Take advantage of all the services the education center offers, as well. Of course, the obvious thing here is to further your education and training to make you more marketable. You may wish to work on a degree or brush up on your computer skills -- computer classes and skills are especially good for your resume.

Either way, the education center can help you. Additional training and education will usually increase your options for employment.

And, if you aren't sure what you want to do when you finish your military service, the education center can help you complete an interest inventory that will indicate what types of occupations you appear be best suited for.

--Gather information. Once you start your job search, you'll need a great deal of information to accurately complete job applications and to develop an effective resume. You can start gathering that information now.

This will include such things as the names, addresses and telephone numbers of previous supervisors, and also where you worked and the inclusive dates you worked there for at least the last 10 years.

Additionally, gathering other documents, such as personnel records, training certificates, diplomas, etc., will make it much easier to write an effective resume and to answer interview questions. If you wait until you're out of the military to start gathering this information, the task will be much more difficult.

-- Research. You can start researching companies, salaries and cost of living in particular areas of the country. Researching companies can help you decide if you really want to send a resume to a particular company and can help you shine when you go for an interview with the company.

Additionally, you can get started researching the salaries for the kinds of jobs you're interested in as well as the cost of living in areas where you might relocate. This research can pay big dividends for you. One major benefit is that it will help you decide if salaries in the industry and area you're considering are adequate.

Of course, to make a good decision on salary, you'll need to know how the cost of living in one area compares with other areas. The information regarding salaries and cost of living will also be very valuable if you have the opportunity to negotiate salary.

As you can see, there are a number of things you can do to be more proactive in your transition process while waiting for your separation or retirement date.

SFL-TAP workshops are conducted every month in the Education Center.  To get started on the path to transition, contact your local SFL-TAP at (717) 245-3788 or (717) 245-3684 and speak to Lauren O'Donnell or Jeffrey Hanks. 


May 24, 2016 -- An Army War College research study team will introduce conclusions at two discussion events today -- 

o Tuesday, May 24 at National Press Club, 9:30 - 11 am -- livestreamed at

 o Tuesday, May 24 at Pentagon conference room 2D333A at 2-4 p.m.

The US is playing the wrong game, the team concluded..  The project team recommends initiatives relating to partnerships, land-based cross-domain control, and assured land force maneuver in order to advance U.S. national interests and achieving national strategic objectives in the face of 'gray zone' competition and strategic challenges in the Asia-Pacific region.

Among the recommendations are partnership initiatives to increase access & readiness: Modify Pacific Pathways;  extend State Partnership Program to all ASEAN countries;  synchronize Civic Action Activities;  Develop Cooperative Security Locations --  

This report is part of an Integrated Research Project directed by the Chief of Staff of the Army (CSA), sponsored by the U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC) and  Army G3/5 Office of Strategy & Policyand conducted by an Army War College research team.

The published report, "U.S.-China Competition: Asia-Pacific Land Force Implications" is scheduled for online publication in early June by the US Army War College Press,

Media contact: Carol Kerr,


Regional, social issues highlight speeches in USAWC competition

Six U.S. Army War college students mastered public speaking phobias as they participated in USAWC AY2016 public speaking competition with an audience of student peers and faculty, today in the Commander’s Conference Room, Root Hall.

This year’s competition theme was: “Strategic Security around the World: Pressing Issues/U.S. Interests.  The persuasive speeches were to embrace one or more aspects of “strategic security,” and last between 5-7 minutes in length.

And the top speaker, selected by a panel of judges, was Army Col. Richard Ball with “Obesity; A National Security Threat”. Ball spoke about obesity and its a threat to our armed forces and national security because it directly effects the readiness of our forces.

Director of Comunication Arts Dr. Larry Miller presents the public speaking trophy to Col. Richard Ball after the public speaking competion held in Root Hall.

Col. Ball will recognized at graduation with a certificate and a cash award; his name will be engraved on the USAWC Speaking Competition Trophy displayed in the USAWC Library.

Other participating were:

Nigerian Col. Charles Nengite, “Boko Haram and Poverty: What is the Connection?”

Army Lt. Col. Jung W. Choi, “U.S. Policy toward North Korea Must Change”

Army Col. Dina Wandler, “Transgender Service Members and National Security”

United Kingdom Col. Kevin Copsey, “Is U.S. Military Investment in Europe Really Necessary?”

Coast Guard Capt. Scott Langum, “Run, Crawl, Walk: Reestablishing America’s Role within the International Community.”

Soldiers, Civilians honored at awards ceremony May 16

Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp, Army War College Commandant, congratulates Dale Clements, 2015 Civilian Employee of the Year, during the Installation Awards Ceremony May 16. For more photos visit



A group of outstanding Soldiers and Civilians were honored May 16 at the Installation Awards Ceremony, hosted by Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp, Army War College Commandant and Lt. Col. Greg Ank, Garrison Commander.

Each person recognized brought their own unique talents and hard work to a number of programs on post, according to Rapp. Each honoree, as well as those nominated, each do their part to make Carlisle Barracks special, he said.

Those honored were:

2015 Civilian Employee of the Year

Dale Clements, Webmaster, Center for Strategic Leadership and Development, U.S. Army War College. During 2015, Clements created numerous web applications including the Senior Leader Seminar Course, International Strategic Crisis Negotiation Exercise, and the USAWC mobile weekly pocket calendar. Dale’s superb work not only increased organizational efficiency they simultaneously saved hundreds of thousands of dollars for the USAWC.  An avid sports enthusiast, Dale volunteered his playing and coaching skills to CSL softball and flag football, as well as a community historical exhibition event “Army Baseball in the 19thCentury.

2016 1st Quarter Civilian Employee of the Quarter

Kristopher Hickok, Museum Technician, U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center. Kickok culminated a two-year effort with the opening of a seminal AHEC exhibition entitled: “Courage, Commitment, and Fear: The American Soldier in the Vietnam War.”  Although a junior member of the AHEC team, Kris accepted the sensitive mission, displayed exceptional leadership and technical acumen, and delivered an exhibit in a manner that has “informed changes in the USAHEC exhibit development process that will improve the creation of future exhibits.

Also recognized were those nominated for the award:

  • Diana Leonard, Editorial Assistant, U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center
  • Lisa White, Catholic Religious Education Coordinator, U.S. Army Garrison
  • Marsha Quesenberry, Administrative Assistant, Center for Strategic Leadership, U.S. Army War College
  • Michael Martin, Training Specialist, Directorate of Operations, U.S. Army War College
  • Thomas Durbin, Medical Clerk, Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic

2016 2ndQuarter Civilian of the Quarter

Jeffrey Hanks, Employment Readiness Program Manager, Army Community Services, DFMWR.  Among Jeff Hank’s many recent achievements, he orchestrated Central Pennsylvania’s largest ever Job Fair, that attracted 100 employers and over 400 job seekers.  In his ‘spare’ time, he manages one of the Army’s best Soldier for Life/Transition programs.  On a personal level, Jeff remains actively engaged in the community as a volunteer Boy Scout leader, even though his own son has long since graduated from Scouting.

Also recognized were those nominated for the award:

  • Kathy Benton, Management Analyst, G8, U.S. Army War College
  • Christopher Johnson, Systems Administrator, Center for Strategic Leadership, U.S. Army War College
  • Timothy Miller, Supply Technician, Center for Strategic Leadership, U.S. Army War College
  • Lisa Burt, Medical Technician, Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic

2016 1stQuarter NCO of the Quarter

Sgt. William D. Fernandez, Human Resources NCOIC, Defense Logistics Agency, New Cumberland, PA

2016 1stQuarter Soldier of the Quarter

Cpl. Hunter D. Fountain, NCOIC of Environmental Health, Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic

A number of special awards were also handed out.

Keith L. Ware Public Affairs Award

Thomas Zimmerman, Garrison Public Affairs Officer.  In 2015, Tom placed first overall for the IMCOM Website / Blog.

2015 Woman of Influence

Elizabeth Knouse was recognized as a "2015 Woman of Influence" by the Central Pennsylvania Business Journal -for making significant positive impacts to our area businesses and communities. 







Colombian, US talk of transition: Plan Colombia to Peace Colombia

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May 20, 2016 -- Plan Colombia is a topic of exceptional importance for the United States, our partner Colombia, and the broader Western Hemisphere, said the moderator, about the milestone state of moving from “Plan Colombia” to “Peace Colombia.”

“The achievements and challenges that Colombia faces as it moves toward an end to its 52-year-long internal conflict is remarkable,” began Dr. R. Evan Ellis, Latin American researcher and analyst who introduced to the Army War College audience the topic and the speakers:  Ambassador Juan Carlos Pinzon, Colombian Ambassador to the United States, and U.S. Lt. Gen. Joseph P. DiSalvo, Deputy Commanding General of USSOUTHCOM.

Placing the panel discussion into context, Ellis referred to the Colombian story, past-present-future. It’s a success story against insurgents, terrorists and organized crime.  As well, there are lessons about a whole-of-government, adaptive, interagency effort to reconnect the state with its population.

 “It is the culmination of peace accords with the larger of two terrorist groups that have challenged the country – the FARC – as well as the possible entry into peace negotiations with the smaller of the two terrorist groups, the ELN, as well as the continuing battle by Colombia against criminal bands ... as well as the transformation of the Colombian military looking toward a future post-conflict environment,” said Ellis before turning to the guest speakers.

Watch, listen to the insights of Colombia as shared by Ambassador Pinzon and its U.S. partner, as represented by the USSOUTHCOM deputy commander, DiSalvo, at

“We have today the lowest numbers in crime in Colombia in almost four decades … lowest number of homicides in 35 years … ” Colombia now is an exporter of security: we learned some hard lessons that can be of use to others, said Pinzon.

“Security in Colombia was not the objective,” said Pinzon. “The objective was better life for Colombians, protecting rights, so the consequence has been increasing investment … reduced unemployment to single digit. We continue to grow the economy … Poverty has been cut in half in 10 years …

“We’re moving from Plan Colombia to Peace Colombia – an initiative that is looking forward to making peace sustained in Colombia  by enabling the execution of the peace agreements under discussion, by     strengthening our justice system … continuing to confront transnational crime and organized crime.” Pinzon emphasized that the efforts and achievements have a dual effect, for the security and the good of the Colombian people and for contributions as a regional partner in security, he said.

DiSalvo drew a comparison between Colombia’s next steps and the situation in 1997  when US IFOR stabilization forces began enforcement of Dayton Peace Accords … He characterized the 1990s effort as “a lot of unknowns, required a lot of flexibility,  a lot of commitment, a lot of interagency coordination, multinational coordination, flexibility, our country’s national will, and international will.” We can anticipate the same sort of thing for post-peace accord Colombia. “National will will be absolutely key."

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

Information provided by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, Alcohol Education. LCB-137 08/14

Pennsylvania National Safe Boating Week – Wear it! Campaign promotes boating safety and life jacket safety by encouraging boaters to wear life jackets. The Wear It! campaign promotes boating safety and life jacket safety by encouraging boaters to wear life jacketThe Wear It! campaign promotes boating safety and life jacket safety by encouraging boaters to wear life jacket May 21 - 27, 2016. 

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.

1 United States Coast Guard Recreational Boating Statistics, 2013.

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






Army Heritage Days a showcase of America's military history

The USAHEC's annual Army Heritage Days event is scheduled for May 21 and 22, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This popular timeline living history event covers Soldier history from the 16th century through the present.

While Army Heritage Days examines nearly every era of U.S. Army History, this year's event will highlight the Vietnam War-era with more re-enactors. Well-known Veterans relating their experiences in Vietnam, one of the first helicopters in LZ X-Ray, the first major battle of the Vietnam War, and other events specifically related to this period of history.

In keeping with tradition, there are several lectures throughout the weekend. Terry Buckler will present a lecture entitled, “Son Tay: The Most Daring Raid of the Vietnam War.” What is the Son Tay Raid?  After identifying the names of over 500 American prisoners of war being held by the North Vietnamese in unfavorable camp conditions in 1970, a 15 member planning group was created to address the issues. An attack to overtake camp Son Tay was deemed feasible, and the U.S. Army launched Operation Ivory Coast to train, plan, and execute the attack. Terry Buckler was 20 years old when he participated in the raid and will share his story at Army Heritage Days. 

Army Heritage Day will also have on hand "The Moving Wall". The wall is the half-size replica of the Washington D.C. Vietnam Veterans Memorial and has been touring the country for thirty plus years. The Moving Wall was first displayed in 1984 in Texas as part of the Tyler Rose Festival. Both the Moving Wall and Vietnam Veterans Memorial are exact, with the longest panel 2E and 2W consisting of 137 lines. The shortest panels are 70E and 70W with just 1 line on each. The memorial names are listed in chronological order as to their casualty date or missing in action date. Listed are also 8 female nurses, there were approximately 7,484 female nurses who served in Vietnam.

Veitnam Veteran Greg Gaffney helps with the assembly of the Moving Wall for the Army Heritage Days.

Vietnam veteran Greg Gaffney came in from Hummelstown Pa. to help with the set up. “It’s a fitting tribute to all the men and women who died, he said.  “It gives people the chance to actually see the wall that can’t make it to DC, if they know a name on the wall or if they don’t.”


Retired Gen. Barry McCaffrey is also on the schedule to present a talk entitled, “Vietnam – Our Veterans in Perspective,” about his service during the war and his view of Vietnam Veterans service today. Both McCaffrey and Mr. Buckler will also participate in the popular “Veterans Meet and Greet,” which allows visitors the opportunity to interact with Veterans from several different periods of history.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter via #CountdowntoAHD as we release more information, including the detailed schedule of events. For more information about the USAHEC and Army Heritage days, please visit: www.usahec.orgor call: 717-245-3972.

International Students Vs U.S. Students for the 2016 International Match Soccer Cup

U.S. Army War College International Students played a friendly but competitive soccer game yesterday against the U.S. students in front of a good crowd of other students, faculty and staff at Historic Indian Field, Carlisle Barracks.

It was a well-played match with the U.S. students coming out on top 2 – 1.

Col. Oyvind Kvalvik from Norway opened the scoring for the IF team  during the IF Vs US friendly soccer match, Indian Field, May 17

Col. Ricardo Ganzalez gets ready for shot against the IF goalie Lt. Col. Asariel Loria during the IF Vs US friendly soccer match, Indian Field, May 17


Col. Oyvind Kvalvik from Norway opened the scoring for the IF team with a goal just outside Army’s goalie Col. Jeffrey Britton reach tucking the ball just inside the right post.   Col. Ricardo Ganzalez soon after tied the match up for the U.S. squad with a “bend it like Beckman” shot over the head of IF goalie Lt. Col. Asariel Loria from Belize.

The second half saw both sides missing chances to score in the early going of the half,  but the U.S. side eventually broke through on a shot by Col. Peter Dargle that deflected off a defender leaving the IF goalie Col. Amos Zimba from Zambia little chance.  

Col. Peter Dargle lets a shot go towards the IF goal during the IF Vs US friendly soccer match, Indian Field, May 17

The IF team had a great opportunity to tie the match in the waning moments; in a flurry of activity in front of the goal,  a shot beat the Army goalie but bounced wide off the goal post ending their rush to tie.

Class #100 donates stained glass artwork depicting History, Mission and Joint Partnership

May 18, 2016 – When the 100thclass convened to agree on a gift to the Army War College that could reflect this milestone year and the values of the students, they looked to fellow student Col. James Delapp to capture the class’s ideas and to artist Dean Hankinson to transform his concept into the 5 x 10 stained glass artwork, now displayed in the Bliss Hall foyer.

“This stained glass window is a tribute to the legacy of thousands of strategic leaders who have graduated from the world’s premiere Land Power Institute since 1905.” said Col. Dale Snider, Chair of the Class Gift Committee.  

“There are three panels within the window.  They represent our connection to the previous 99 classes that came before us” Snider said.

The top panel depicts the modern day mission of a Joint and Combined force. The global with a Soldier at the bottom and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter at the top. 



The center piece of the artwork depicts the historic War College crest with the torch flanked by the slogan Strength and Wisdom. 




The lower panel shows a mounted horsemen and the Wright Flyer recognizing our military history and a ribbon noting the years classes were in session, WWI and WWII are represented because there were no classes held during the war years.


“Our gift to the war college is a token of our appreciation and to this great institution. A lasting reminder for us to remember our time here, short as it may have been” said Army Col. Bryan Hernandez, class president.  “It is especially important this year as we are the 100thclass of a profession that has applied learning and experiences garnered here across the various military services, civilian agencies and nations,” he said.

Carlisle artist Dean Hankinson created the window for the class of 2016.  Hankinson’s previous stained glass art is displayed in Bliss Hall, commissioned by the resident classes of 1976, 1977, 1979, and 1980 and the non-resident/ distance education classes of 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, and 1987, 2015.

Resident 2016 Class President and Class Gift Commitee member with artist, left to right are: Col. Karen Roes, Col. Dale Snider, Mr. Dean Hankinson, Class President Col. Bryan Hernandez, Col. Jim DeLapp and Col. Kim Peeples.

Col.  James DeLapp is an Engineer Officer and a member of the Class of 2016.  DeLapp initially developed three concept designs for the stained glass window, from which a final design was conceived combining the two favored concepts.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in Architecture at Kansas State University, and a master’s in Construction Management from Texas A&M University. 

The tradition of Army War College classes is to collectively decide on a gift to the institution as a memento of the student body’s commitment to a theme that symbolizes something meaningful from their graduate studies here.  Original paintings have been commissioned to illuminate values and/or significant moments of military history.  The resident class of 2015 refurbished and landscaped the Army War College Memorial for graduates who have fallen in conflict; the distance class of 2015 commissioned a Hankinson stained glass work of art, hanging in Bliss Hall.

Firefighters learn important techniques in crash response

The Carlisle Barracks Fire Department had a unique opportunity May 18 to get up close and personal with a UH-60 Blackhawk from Fort Indiantown Gap for a training on emergency procedures in the event of a crash. Command Sgt Maj. Jeff Huttle, from the Pennsylvania National Guard demonstrated the proper techniques in removing a pilot, the technique for shutting down the engines and reviewed important safety techniques when operating around a helicopter. The training was part of the annual training program for first responders in a variety of areas to help keep Carlisle Barracks residents, employees and visitors safe and secure.

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'Resurgent Russia: Building a better deterrent'  -- Army  War College student/researcher group rolls out project findings

May 17, 2016 -- Army War College student-faculty research study group introduced, May 12, the analysis and insights of their months-long study of Europe-based deterrence to Russia at events with national security academics/policy community andwith Pentagon planners/practitioners.

SEE:  "Nuts and Bolts Solutions to Deter a Resurgent Russia," published by War on the Rocks at

SEE:  The study summary, Strategic Landpower and a Resurgent Russia: an Operational Approach to Deterrence is to be published May 19  by the US Army War College Press, at

Supported by U.S. European command and U.S. Army Europe -- and executed with Army research funding -- the integrated research project leverages Army War College resident students' experience and their requirement for research, to examine a topic of interest to the Army during their period of study for the master's in Strategic Studies.

The research study team, lays out the argument that NATO is not able to prevent a Russian conventional attack into Alliance territory -- and recommends development of capabilities that provide the Alliance ability to respond to Russian aggression and, more importantly, deter it by increasing the perceived costs to Moscow of Russian aggression, and decreasing the probably of Russia deriving benefits from its actions.

Housing survey deadline approaching 

The deadline is coming soon to make your voice heard about Carlisle Barracks’ family housing via the Headquarters, Department of the Army Residential Communities Initiative Resident Survey.

Responses to the survey are strictly confidential. The survey is expected to be sent to Carlisle Barracks residents by April 21. The survey end date is May 23, 2016.

The purpose of this online survey is to let servicemembers and their families tell the Army and its housing partners how well housing occupants needs are being met.  The Army is surveying more than 80,000 residents living in RCI accompanied and unaccompanied housing.

Historic Huey 823 on display at Army Heritage Days

This year’s Army Heritage Days at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center will be held on May 21 and 22, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For the first time ever, the event is commemorating the Vietnam War and the Soldiers who served in that conflict.

Visitors can see the on-going restoration by the Liberty War Birds of Huey 823 which flew for the 170th Assault Helicopter Company in Vietnam.  Huey 823 served in Vietnam from late 1968 through early 1970, serving with C Company of the 101st Assault Helicopter Battalion and then with the 170th Assault Helicopter Company.

Russ Mowry, the former Pilot who painted the original nose art on the Huey, will be at Army Heritage Days to re-paint the artwork one last time. The historic nose art comes from the 170th Assault Helicopter Company’s call sign which was “The Bikinis.”


Of course, Vietnam is not the only time period being portrayed at Army Heritage Days.  A few old time favorites have been pulled from retirement and will make a return this year, such as the “Army Infantry through the Ages” program.  The on-hour time line program will feature different representations of Infantry Soldiers from the 17th century through current operations.

See as uniforms, weaponry, and accouterments evolved through side by side representation of the French and Indian War, Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War, Indian/Spanish-American War, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Cold War, and Current Operations.

All are welcome, and the event is free! For further information, please call 717-245-3972.

Armored brigade needed in Europe, Army War College students say

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, May 13, 2016) -- U.S. Army Europe has lost its ability to deal effectively with the unlikely but possible threat of a conventional Russian military invasion, said Air Force Lt. Col. Lendy "Alamo" Renegar.

Six students from the U.S. Army War College, including Renegar, spoke at a Pentagon briefing May 12, where they discussed this and other conclusions they've drawn from extensive research and travel through Europe, including meeting with U.S. and NATO staff, as well as the Army staff here.

Their research culminated in a paper entitled "Strategic Landpower and a Resurgent Russia: An Operational Approach to Deterrence," which will be available sometime next month from the U.S. Army Strategic Studies Institute website.

Renegar said USAREUR has just one Stryker and one airborne battalion in Europe. It has no armor unit there. The 2005 Overseas Basing Commission, he said, had warned against removing armor completely from Europe, but that's exactly what the Army did.

"We as a team believe that the strategic calculus in Europe has changed," he said, referring to the aggressive posturing by Russia, along with its occupation of Ukraine and its incursions into Georgia.

"With the amount of mechanized forces that Russia has, we feel the Army needs to return an armored brigade combat team back to Europe," he said. "This will provide deterrence and provide the combatant commander a menu of options to respond and will help provide assurance to allies."

While the focus has been on the hybrid threat from Russia -- using its economic and political influence and fighting with proxy forces -- little attention has been paid to a conventional attack by them on NATO, he said.

Eighty-five percent of the Ukrainians killed in the last few years of fighting were lost due to Russian artillery. "It's a high-intensity battlefield, not just hybrid warfare," Renegar said.

A recent RAND Corporation study posited that Russia could occupy by force two of the three NATO Baltic states within 36 to 60 hours, he said.


The Army's idea of regionally aligned forces seems like a good idea, but it's not when it comes to defending Europe, Renegar said.

"Units regionally aligned to Europe are sometimes sent on crisis response missions elsewhere, which wastes time, money and training," he said.

"We recommend getting back to the traditional assigning and allocating of forces for combatant commanders, so [they have] forces when needed," Renegar said.

Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, the USAREUR commander, is doing a good job with the thin forces he has, but a permanent and substantial presence is what's really needed, he said.

Another recommendation made by the students, Renegar said, is to return an assigned joint task force-type headquarters to Europe.

"This will give the Army the ability to have a warfighting headquarters if it needed it," he said.

Army Col. Patrick J. Ellis said Russia could unsettle bordering NATO countries by conducting "snap" exercises on their borders, so called because they are both unannounced and conducted with great speed. If such exercises were held over and over again, it would have a disruptive effect and cause "Putin fatigue" among NATO allies, he said.

Even more likely than snap exercises would by hybrid threats from Russia, he added, meaning using proxy forces and political or economic leverage to cause dissention within NATO.

Ellis said that while it's good that dozens of exercises are conducted in Europe annually with NATO allies, what's really needed are massive exercises. He said Anaconda 2016, set to take place in Poland next month, is a start.

And, those big exercises need to be run by NATO, not just by the U.S., he said. "It would be better if they ran them. That would have a deterrent effect on Russia."

Another suggestion Ellis made is that NATO relook at its process for repositioning forces in NATO and sorting out how nations pay for unit movements as they cross borders and transit the Baltic Sea.

An effective multinational logistics effort is also needed so troops from all countries get the right gear they need, when they need it.


Army Lt. Col. Antonio M. Paz said the information war will certainly play a part in any destructive effort by Russia to fracture the alliance.

Information works two ways, he said. Correct information can reassure allies and show resolve to the Russian audience so they don't miscalculate. Misinformation has the opposite effect.

An interesting model to follow, he said, is the State Department's recently stood up Global Engagement Center, designed to undermine Islamic State propaganda by countering its disinformation.

More robust efforts by public affairs officers and psychological operations officers, specially trained to counter misinformation, would also help, Paz added.


Marine Lt. Col. Jay Vaughan said that to understand Russia, one needs to understand its president, Vladimir Putin.

Vaughan said he did an extensive psychological profile on Putin, following him back through his earlier career in the Soviet Union and viewing his actions through the lens of Russian history and culture and how that frames his foreign policy.

The conclusion, he said, is that Putin considers himself a Chekist -- a member of the former Soviet state security organization and a name now used for a philosophical stance.

Chekists identify themselves as "protectors of the state and shepherds of the herd," he said.

That ties in to what he's been doing, Vaughan said. He's been very concerned with dissident, uprisings and opposition made possible by democracy. "He's taken measures to suppress that," as in Georgia, Ukraine and within his own country. He also controls the flow of information to his own people via the media.

Putin wants to return Russia to the perceived glory of the Soviet era, he said. He distrusts NATO and the West and wants to modernize his military and test the boundaries with NATO.

"He will do whatever he can to vilify NATO and discredit it and make it appear weak and try to splinter it so he can influence a new security arrangement led by Russia," he added.

While all of this sounds dire, no one wants Russia to collapse, he said. That would create secondary problems. Diplomacy and better relations should be pursued, while keeping sanctions in place and strengthening NATO.

Carlisle Barracks testing ‘big giant voice’ May 17,18

Did you know that each month Carlisle Barracks tests their outdoor loudspeaker system as part of the emergency notification system here? In the event of an actual emergency, the system will be used to push important information for post residents and employees, usually directing them to the post information line at 245-3700 or the website for additional information.  It is just one of the ways that emergency information can be pushed out in the event of severe weather, force protection event or other emergency.

We will conduct two test this week, one today, May 17 as part of a regularly scheduled exercise and again tomorrow, May 18 at 1 p.m. for the regular monthly test.

Annual water quality report now available

U.S. Army Garrison at Carlisle Barracks, Directorate of Public Works, routinely monitors for contaminants in your drinking water according to federal and state laws. During this time period water provided at Carlisle Barracks was below all testing thresholds for contaminants. You can find the report here

This is annual report is to inform you of the quality of drinking water produced and delivered to Carlisle Barracks by Carlisle Barracks’ Water Plant, PWS 7210010. Our goal is to provide you with a safe and dependable supply of drinking water every day. This report meets Safe Drinking Water Act (SWDA) requirements for “Consumer Confidence Reports” and contains important information on the source of our water, its constituents, and health risks associated with any contaminants.  If you have any questions or comments concerning this report or your drinking water, please contact Environmental Chief Paul Herzer at 245-4811.

AER donations accepted until June 15

It's not too late to donate to this year's Army Emergency Relief campaign. The deadline to donate has been extended to June 15. For more information call (717)245-3244 or visit 

Zika Virus - What is it? What can you do?

What is it, where is it and how is it spread?

Zika is a mosquito-borne virus closely related to yellow fever, dengue, and West Nile viruses. A Zika virus outbreak was identified in Brazil in early 2015; since then, it has spread to more than twenty-five other countries in Central and South America and the Caribbean. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Level 2 Travel Alert (Practice Enhanced Precautions) for areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing. This includes the recommendation that women who are pregnant, or trying to become pregnant, consider postponing travel to any area where Zika virus transmission is ongoing.

Prevention - what can I do to prevent catching it?

The best way to prevent diseases spread by mosquitoes is to avoid being bitten. There is currently no vaccine for Zika. Mosquitoes that spread Zika virus bite mostly during the daytime and prefer to bite people, and live indoors and outdoors near humans. The best prevention is to minimize standing water in items like buckets, bowls, animal dishes, flower pots and vases.

What if I am pregnant or want to become pregnant?

If you are pregnant and plan to travel to an area with ongoing Zika virus transmission, consider postponing travel until after delivery. If you are pregnant and traveled to an area with ongoing Zika virus transmission, your provider can arrange for testing to see if you were infected, even if you never experienced symptoms. If you are not yet pregnant, there is no evidence that Zika infection prior to conception poses a risk for any future pregnancies.

If you think you've been infected, what should you do?

If you think you may be infected, see your primary care provider immediately. If you have recently traveled abroad, tell your healthcare provider when and where you traveled. Your healthcare provider may order blood tests to look for Zika or other similar viruses like dengue or chikungunya.

What are the symptoms?

• About 1 in 5 people infected with Zika virus become ill (i.e., develop Zika).
• The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, or conjunctivitis (red eyes). Other common symptoms include muscle pain and headache. The incubation period (the time from exposure to symptoms) for Zika virus disease is not known, but is likely to be a few days to a week.
• The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week.
• Zika virus usually remains in the blood of an infected person for a few days but it can be found longer in some people.
• Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon.
• Deaths are rare


• There is no current vaccine available to prevent Zika infections.
• There is no specific treatment for Zika infections; instead, treat the symptoms.
• Your healthcare provider will recommend supportive treatment such as rest and rehydration.
• If you have Zika, prevent mosquito bites for the first week of your illness.
• During the first week of infection, Zika virus can be found in the blood and passed from an infected person to another mosquito through mosquito bites.
• An infected mosquito can then spread the virus to other people.

What are the Army and DoD doing?

Department of Defense (DoD) labs are enhancing techniques to test mosquitoes for Zika. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) is offering voluntary relocation out of affected areas to all pregnant DoD employees and beneficiaries, and all Army medical facilities have been notified of the concerns surrounding Zika infections and are prepared to assist patients who may have been infected. The Armed Forces Pest Management Board recommends wear of permethrin-treated uniforms/clothing, use of approved insect repellent, and removal of standing water that may serve as mosquito breeding sites to prevent bites.

Summer Sense Campaign 2016 kicks off soon

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.

For additional information/resources visit our office at Bldg. 632 Wright Ave. or  contact the Army Substance Abuse Office 245 – 4576.

SecArmy engages Army War College: shared service, shared interests

May  6, 2016 -- Secretary Patrick Murphy returned to the home turf of Pennsylvania to discuss his priorities on behalf of the Army and its people.

“All of you in the room have a servant’s heart,” he said to the audience of 500 students, faculty and staff in the Army War College’s Bliss Hall auditorium, today.  He referred to the US and international colonels and lieutenant-colonels, and the senior federal agency leaders, as the new generation, with a new norm for budgets, a new degree of data-driven decisions, facing a new kind of high-end ground combat that will look much different from the past 15 years.  Yet, the enduring commitment of the Army is to “people business.”

Acting Secretary of the Army Patrick Murphy shares his perspectives on communicating about the Army, making every dollar count, and developing Soldiers for Life with 380+ US and international students of the Army War College, May 6 at Carlisle.

As an Army veteran – the first veteran of OPN Iraqi Freedom elected to Congress – he relished the respect that Army Soldiers have earned, and reminded the leaders in the room that, with respect comes responsibility.  He shared the imperative behind the bumper stickers, why every leader is responsible to tell the Army story; to make every dollar count; and to create reality for the concept, Soldiers for Life.

As acting Secretary of the Army, Murphy has set out to address the All-Volunteer Army question assumptions about the, Army image and to role model a leader’s responsibility to communicate, as he does with his emails to the total Army of 1 million in uniform and 400 thousand civilians. He emphasized that leaders have stories to tell and responsibilities to do so -- and extolled the value of “free chicken,” referring to the social media options to tell a story, and frequently.

The new norm in America is to fight for dollars for defense. A former Congressman from Pennsylvania, Murphy noted that the Army has taken a 39 percent cut since he left Congress.  We’re in the people business, he repeated, and when we cut budget, it comes from people. There are myths at play, he noted, about the ideal of fighting a war from 10 thousand feet in the air, or accomplishing everything with our Special Operations Forces. Significant elements, both, but closing the deal through land combat is the province of the Army and Marines.

Secretary Murphy responds to a question from Army Col. Rob Forsten about the future of the All-Volunteer Army during a townhall engagement at the US Army War College, May 6.

One hundred thousand new Soldiers join the Army each year, and about the same will return to civilian lives. Fellow Americans should know that they’ll make $10 thousand more for having been in service, and that they’ll be re-entering the civilian workforce with any of the 100 credentials that the Army is tying to the military training they receive.  “I need you working on these things,” he said.

The “I need you” message was a thread drawn through his remarks. Having reviewed many of the Strategic Research Projects completed by this year’s student body, he challenged them – and Commandant Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp – to use the experience and thought of the US and international members of the class, vowing to keep the Army War College busy with strategic-level projects.


Honorable Patrick Murphy became the acting Secretary of the United States Army Jan. 11, 2016, responsible for manpower, reserve affairs, installations, environmental issues, weapon systems and equipment acquisition, communication and financial management of the U.S. Army.  A graduate of King’s College, the University of Scranton ROTC program, and Widener University Commonwealth School of Law, he served as a paratrooper assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division in Iraq, as an assistant professor of Law at the US Military Academy and West Point, and as a criminal prosecutor in the Judge Advocate General Corps.



Army allows Soldiers to wear headphones in gym

Soldiers jogging or lifting in the gym may now be allowed to listen to music through small headphones or ear buds, according to Army Directive 2016-20, released May 6, as seen here by Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey and Sgt. 1st Class Mia Gillens, Army War College SARC, in Thorpe Hall this morning.


WASHINGTON (Army News Service, May 10, 2016) -- Soldiers jogging or lifting in the gym may now be allowed to listen to music through small headphones or ear buds, according to Army Directive 2016-20, released May 6.

Acting Secretary of the Army Patrick J. Murphy signed a memo that authorizes Soldiers to listen to music on a variety of devices and ear pieces while doing personal physical training inside gyms, though the memo does give final word on the new policy to installation or unit commanders.

"Effective immediately, unless the unit or installation commander prohibits otherwise, Soldiers may use headphones, including wireless or non-wireless devices and earpieces, in uniform only while performing individual physical training in indoor gyms or fitness centers," Murphy wrote in the memo.

The headphones cannot be more than 1.5 inches in diameter and the memo states violators may be subject to administrative or disciplinary action under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

To push music through "conservative and discrete" earpieces, Soldiers are also permitted to "wear electronic devices, such as music players or cell phones" on their waistband, in accordance with AR 670-1. That regulation says the color of the carrying case for such a device must be black.

The directive also permits Soldiers to wear a "solid black armband" to hold their electronic device, but only while in the gym or fitness center.

When Soldiers leave the gym or fitness center, however, the arm bands, the music devices and the headphones must be put away.

Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey said the new policy is something Soldiers have told him they wanted for a while.

"This change came about because Soldiers stood up at one of my town halls and asked about it," Dailey said. "If we can make changes that improve morale and they don't adversely affect discipline, I'm all for it."

The memo applies to Regular Army, Army National Guard and Army Reserve Soldiers. It's expected that the new rules regarding the wear of music devices and headphones in installation gyms will be incorporated into the existing uniform policy, AR 670-1, by the Army's G-1.

Carlisle Barracks hosts IMCOM Atlantic Region commanders, sergeants majors

Garrison Commanders and Command Sergeants Major from garrisons in the Army IMCOM Atlantic Region take part in a staff ride at Gettysburg National Military Park as part of the Commander's Huddle, led by Davis Tindoll, the Region's Director. The commanders were able to learn first hand that there is no substitute for standing on the battlefields and experiencing what Generals Lee and Meade did as they sized up the terrain and the situation in the context of political and military objectives.


Nearly 20 garrison commanders and command sergeants major descended on Carlisle Barracks May 2-6 to discuss issues facing installations, take part in a Gettysburg staff ride and learn about the impacts of budget reductions as part of huddle for the IMCOM Atlantic Region.

Davis Tindoll, the IMCOM Atlantic Region Director, and Command Sgt. Maj. Richard Sullivan, IMCOM Atlantic Region CSM, led the three-days of discussion with leaders from Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Carlisle Barracks, Fort Detrick, Natick, Pictatinny, and Red Stone Arsenal.

During session held in the Upton Hall Conference Room, the leaders discussed a variety of topics that face the installations in the Atlantic Region.  

“We’re here to talk about best practices of and common issues for each of these garrisons,” said Tindoll. “These commanders only get two years in command, so it’s important that we do what we can to enable their success.”

Tindoll spoke of the importance of the services that IMCOM provides to servicemembers and their families and how pending budget reductions could affect the garrisons.

“We have to make sure we are staying relevant and providing what our Soldiers and their families need,” he said. “We’re going to have to take a hard look at all of our programs to make sure we are utilizing resources wisely.”

The visit to Carlisle Barracks was one of the last for Tindoll, as IMCOM regional realignment will move him and Carlisle Barracks to another region.


Lt. Col. Greg Ank, Garrison Commander, welcomes the group during the opening session of the huddle.

“Right now we have regions that are responsible for 29 garrisons, and that’s too many,” he said when speaking of the pending realignment. “These new regions, with about 18 garrisons each, will allow for better support from IMCOM and co-location with Army ACOM’s will make us more effective.”   

Lt. Col. Greg Ank, Carlisle Barracks Garrison Commander, presented him with a collage of the four seasons of the historic post in thanks for his steadfast support.

“You’ve always been a friend and ally to us at Carlisle Barracks and we will miss you,” he said after presenting him the framed photos.

One of the highlights of the huddle was a Gettysburg Staff Ride where commanders were able to learn first-hand that there is no substitute for standing on the battlefields and experiencing what Generals Lee and Meade did as they sized up the terrain and the situation in the context of political and military objectives. The staff ride are commonly held by the Army War College to help today’s leaders analyze how leadership challenges remain the same through history and take lessons away from those made more than 150 years ago.

The guests were also able to learn more about the Army’s history during a visit to the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center that features interpretive and interactive exhibits, the research library and archive, and rentable multifunction facilities.

Zika and Pregnancy


  • Pregnant women infected with Zika can pass the virus to her fetus
  • Zika has been linked to cases of microcephaly, a serious birth defect, and a sign the baby is born with a smaller brain
  • There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika
  • Zika can be transmitted from an infected male during unprotected intercourse
  • Symptoms associated with the virus include fever, rash, joint pain, or red eyes for up to a week


  • Check CDC travel guidance; pregnant women should avoid travel to any area with Zika
  • Talk to a doctor or other healthcare provider first, if she must travel to an area with Zika
  • Prevent mosquito bites by covering up arms and legs and use EPA-registered insect repellent
  • Use condoms every time or choose not to have any type of intercourse if the male partner has been in an area with Zika


Excellence in Education Reception – Challenge our Children

 April 29, 2016 -- The U.S. Army War College and Carlisle Barracks expressed profound gratitude towards educators at the annual Excellence in Education Reception at Quarters One on post, Thursday.

These honorees are selected for their commitment to education especially for their efforts to ease the transition of military children.  Maj. Gen. William Rapp, U.S. Army War College Commandant, hosted the Excellence in Education Reception in his home, to honor the exceptional principals, teachers, and counselors whose work on behalf of all school children includes attention to support to military children.
Maj. Gen. William Rapp, Commandant U.S. Army War College speaks to honorees at Quarters One on Carlisle Barracks during the Excellence in Education Reception, April 29.
“Thank you for what you do and how you do it by taking our children into your schools,” said Rapp. “I know the burden it puts on you having new kids show up every year, but that is the life of military children. Thank you for your understanding and making them feel part of your educational experience at your schools,” he said.
The key speaker for the event, Col. Bryan Hernandez, is both a student at the Army War College and a parent of students attending school in the Cumberland Valley.
“I will tell you that education is one of the most important things for us,” said Hernandez, on behalf of military parents. “With all the turbulence we have in our military life, to make sure the life of our children are as stable and normal as possible is absolutely imperative.  An event like this allows us to talk with educators not only in Carlisle but in the surrounding area as well about unique things we do here at the War College and military as well.”
“Do not pity our children,” he said. “They are a phenomenal group of Americans that have learned a lot of tough lessons in life. Challenge them, make them feel part of the team.”
Key Speaker Col. Bryan Hernandez speaks to local educators during the Excellence in Education Reception offering them a glimpse into the life of a military child, April 29.
Richard Fry, Big Springs School District Superintendent, said he was thankful that the War College took time to honor local educators, including four from his district.
“We are extremely grateful that the Army War College chooses to reach out and partner with local school districts,” Fry said. “It makes it a lot easier, it helps us help them, and helps them help us.”
John Friend, Carlisle Area School District Superintendent, pointed out the mutual benefits of the district’s relationship with the Army War College.
“We are just very blessed to be able to have all these children come to our district because it adds such a rich cultural background,” said Friend. “Most of the children have been educated and lived all over the world and bringing them to Carlisle helps our student body.”
The honorees were identified by the superintendents of Big Spring, Carlisle, Cumberland Valley, Mechanicsburg and Saint Patrick’s School, Trinity and South Middleton school districts. Those selected are listed below:
Big Spring School District honored educators are teachers Clariss Nace, Sarah Roller, Emily Creek; and counselor Josilyn Kraus.
Selected from the Carlisle Area School District are teachers Alicia DeAngelis, Greg Richards, Seng Pham, Kevin Wagner; along with Sue Scott, in management services; Amy Knapp, counselor, ESL/French teacher Deborah Masland and NHS teacher Maria Kunisky.
Maj. Gen. Rapp, Col. Hernandez and Carlisle Area Scholl District Superintendent John Friend (green tie) stand with the Carlisle Area School District honorees during the Excellence in Education Reception, April 29.

From Cumberland Valley School District are Beverly Wilson, director of special education; assistant superintendent of secondary education Gary Quigley; Dr. Patty Hillery, assistant superintendent elementary education; counselor Eric Landis;  and teacher Jamie Bittinger.

Mechanicsburg Area School District honorees are teachers Kathi Kunkel, Kristi Brown and Mary Lehman.
Saint Patrick School honorees included Kathleen Hawkins administrative assistant and teacher Antoinette Creason.
Trinity High School top educators are Gregg Pankake, director of technology, and Eileen Poplaski, vice principal.
South Middleton School District nominated Connie Connolly, director of Special Education; counselors Aron Kunkel and Patricia Alichwer; and teacher Lindsey Graybill.