Banner Archive for May 2017

Real ID Act update for Pennsylvania residents

The REAL ID Act, passed by the U.S. Congress in 2005, requires changes to state standards, procedures and requirements for the issuance of driver's licenses and identification cards, if they are to be accepted as identity documents by the federal government.

On May 26, 2017, Gov. Wolf signed SB 133 (Act 3 of 2017), which will allow Pennsylvania to issue REAL ID-compliant driver licenses and identification cards, which can be used to access airports and federal facilities.

Pennsylvania has been granted an extension until July 10, 2017 from the Department of Homeland Security.

Under the federal REAL ID Act, beginning January 22, 2018, residents in states which have not come into compliance with federal requirements or obtained an extension will need to show an alternative form of identification such as a passport at airports and when accessing federal buildings and military bases. PennDOT anticipates the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will continue to issue extensions to Pennsylvania until REAL ID products are available for residents. Under SB 133, no Pennsylvania resident will be required to get a REAL ID-compliant driver license or identification card, but residents who choose to do so will be able to use those forms of identification when the new federal requirements go into effect.

System, building infrastructure and process changes will be necessary for Pennsylvania to issue REAL ID-compliant products. Work will begin immediately and PennDOT estimates REAL ID compliant driver licenses and identification cards will be available by March 2019. This will allow ample time for customers who want a REAL ID product to get one before the final DHS effective date of October 1, 2020.

For additional information on REAL ID, please visit the Department of Homeland Security website.

Assessing Risk in the 21st Century
Challenges and Opportunities for Defense Planning and Policy
This event will be webcast live from this page.

With the U.S. defense strategy review underway, leaders in the Department of Defense must address a complex question: how should the Pentagon adapt its framework for assessing risk to reflect a security environment defined by persistent, disruptive change?  


In partnership with the U.S. Army War College, the CSIS International Security Program will host a conversation on strategic and military risk, providing a range of perspectives to examine challenges, opportunities, and recommendations for assessing risk in the contemporary security environment. The discussion will also feature findings from a U.S. Army War College study on assessing corporate-level risk in the Department of Defense enterprise. 


Army War College students speak at Memorial Day events throughout Central Pennsylvania

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.  The follow are two highlighted Memorial Day events with the rest below.

Carlisle - U.S. Army War College graduate - Adam Roth, retired Col. U. S. Army, former Deputy Assistant to Commanding General, 99th Regional Support Command Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, is this year’s guest speaker and the Annual Memorial Day Parade. The parade starts promptly at 9:00 a.m. with services following the parade at Veterans' Memorial Courtyard at 9:45 a.m. In the event of inclement weather, the parade will be cancelled and the ceremonies will be held in the Old Courthouse.

York – Brig. Gen. George Schwartz U.S. Army War College Deputy Commanding Gen. Reserve Affairs, will be the quest speak at the Memorial Day event hosted by VFW post 8951 at 1800 Andrew Street, on May 29 at 10 a.m...  The 2 hour event includes parade, ending with a memorial service at the borough monument.

Wednesday May 24

Hanover - Guest speaker Lt. Col. Carmen Tucker: Homewood at Plum Creek, 425 Westminster Avenue at 2 p.m.

Thursday May 25

 Carlisle - Guest speaker Col. George Hackler: NARFE, Hoss's on 1151 Harrisburg Pike at 11:45

Friday May 26

Harrisburg - Guest speaker Col. Robert Phillip: Capital Blue Cross, 2500 Elmerton Ave at 9 a.m.

Camp Hill - Guest speaker Lt. Col. Rodney Gibson: Rolling Green Cemetery, 1811 Carlisle Road at noon.

Carlisle - Guest speaker Col. Jay Liddick:  Claremont Nursing and Rehab Center, 1000 Claremont Road at 2 p.m.

Sunday May 28

Carlisle - Guest speaker Comdr. David Smith: Dickinson Presbyterian Church, 1510 Hemlock Ave. at 10:15 a.m.

Cordons -Guest speaker Col. Calondra Fortson: Jefferson County PA, 47 Hanover Str., at 2 p.m.

Spring Grove - Guest speaker Col. Jonathan Butler: St. Peter's Lischey's United Church of Christ, 5671 Lischeys Church Rd at 10:30 a.m.

Mt. Holly Springs - Guest speaker Col. David Lambrecht: American Legion Post 674, Mc Land Drive at 1 p.m.

Monday May 29

Carlisle - Guest speaker Comdr.  Kenny Jensen: Cumberland Crossing Retirement Community, 1 Longsdorf Way at 6 p.m.

Elizabethtown - Guest speaker Col. Alan Quattrin: American Legion Post 329/VFW post 5667, 240 N. Havover Street at 9 a.m.

York - Guest speaker Col. Gregg Thompson: Zion United Church of Christ, 100 Lafayette St at 10 a.m.

Mechanicsburg - Col. Todd Key: Bethany Village, 325 Wesley Dr.  at 11 a.m.

Mechanicsburg - Guest speaker Lt. Col. Andrew Jones: Lower Allen VFW Post, 4545 Westport Dr. at 11 a.m.

Plainfield - Guest speaker Lt. Col. William Dowling: W. Pennsboro Township Rt. 641 at noon.

Carlisle - Guest speaker Ms. Segrid Harris-Wright: VFW 477, 2104 W Trindle Rd at 11 a.m.

Wormleysburg - Guest speaker Lt. Col. Mark Reid: VFW Post 8951, railroad bridge w. shippoke at 8 a.m.

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

Mechanicsburg - Guest speaker Mr. Michael Hanrahan, Silver Spring Township, 80 Willow Mill Park Rd. at 11 a.m.

Marietta - Guest speaker Col. Christopher Abbott: Donegal Intermediate School at  1177 River Rd. 10 a.m.

York - Guest speaker Lt. Col. Joseph C. Goetz II: Gold Star Memorial,  1000 Vander Ave at 10 a.m.

Littlestown - Guest speaker Col. Eric Shwedo: Allied Veterans Council Memorial,  510 E King St 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.


2017 Memorial Day Safety Message

Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season.

Historically, the Army experiences the vast majority of off-duty fatalities during the summer months.  Currently, we note a 4% increase in Army Military Accidental Fatalities when compared to the same time last year.  Accident categories experiencing dramatic increases include privately-owned vehicles, pedestrian mishaps, and personnel injury. I charge all organizations/units on the installation to focus accident prevention efforts throughout the summer on the following areas: vehicle safety, water safety, recreational safety, and pedestrian safety.

Warm weather, long road trips, and permanent change of station (PCS) orders bring increased risks and potentially off-duty accidents.  Ensure your vehicle is ready for the highway by checking for model recalls, performing required maintenance, evaluating tire conditions, and inspecting child safety restraint systems.  Seasonal driver safety tips and information can be found at  Motorcycle season is also upon us; I ask all vehicle operators to “share the road” and remain observant for our friends and co-workers traveling on two wheels.

Continuous efforts must be made to ensure that safety is our number one priority this summer. Aggressive and consistent command involvement can make the difference.  Together we can create an ethic of safety that will ensure we are accident free during the upcoming "Critical Days of Summer."

Strength and Wisdom!

Center for Strategic Leadership opens its doors for 25th anniversary

What's happening in Collins Hall? Find out when the Center for Strategic Leadership opens its doors for an open house and ceremony honoring the 25th anniversary of CSL’s formal establishment Thu, June 1. The open house begins at 10 a.m. A plaque dedication follows in front of the building at 11:30 a.m. 

Formally established on June 19, 1992, the Center for Strategic Leadership represents the vision of three Chiefs of Staff of the Army. Generals Carl Vuono, Gordon Sullivan and Dennis Reimer all played a part in CSL’s creation.

CSL’s faculty and staff focus on strategic decision making, communications, research and the experiential education of strategic leaders. They contribute to the Army War College’s resident education program through their support of the core and elective courses, strategic wargaming and advising on strategy research projects.

Collins Hall was completed and dedicated in July, 1994. The building is named for Gen. J. Lawton Collins, whose personal efforts lead to the reopening of the Army War College in 1950.

Collins Hall provides the Army War College with a multi-faceted 155,000-square foot learning center, laboratory, wargaming center and conference facility. It is optimized for wargames and exercises.

Army Heritage Days showcases Tanks and Armored Vehicles

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The Army Heritage and Education’s annual Army Heritage Days event took place this weekend, May 20 and 21.  Once again this event proved its popularity by setting a record for attendance in this two day event. 

Visitors watched from grandstands as a M4A3 Sherman Tank; M18 Hellcat;  Vietnam-era M114; M901a1 ITV and M109 Paladin maneuvered on rock ridge, pass through a mud pit, all while dodging obstacles along the way. Then as a added bonus watched as the Hellcat shot its cannon on the AHEC field.

Also, in celebrating the 100th anniversary of the use of Armor by U.S. forces, Dr. Robert Cameron, U.S. Army Armored Historian, will present “Treat ‘Em Rough! The U.S. Army Armor Branch Since the Great War.”

Dr. Cameron will explain how tanks were a new idea during World War I and how the U.S. Army relied heavily on foreign tanks and equipment in the early years of the Tank Corps. His talk will then move to the development of tanks through history and tank technology, culminating with the M1A2, the heart of our Armored Corps today.

For more information about the USAHEC and Army Heritage days, please visit: www.usahec.orgor call: 717-245-3972. #CountdowntoAHD

Army War College announces Chair of Strategic Leadership

USAWC leadership-Foundation partner for investment in  innovative education

May 17, 2017 -- The Commandant has appointed Andrew Hill, PhD, as the inaugural Chair of Strategic Leadership at the U.S. Army War College.  

“The Chair of Strategic Leadership will strengthen the faculty in the task of developing strategic leaders and effective organizations for the Army,” said Dr. Lance Betros, Army War College Provost.  “The chair will provide the Army War College a long-term resident scholar whose research, writing, and innovative methods will shape the senior-level curriculum as relates to leader development and organizational effectiveness." 

As the Chair of Strategic Leadership, Hill will be charged with producing cutting-edge scholarship and seeking innovative educational approaches.

“Andrew Hill exemplifies the innovation we prize in strategic leaders,” said Betros. “His initiatives have spun off second- and third-order benefits for the faculty, students, and institution. With this appointment, Andrew will be able to devote more time to scholarship and innovation." 

Hill’s record as a change agent at the Army War College demonstrates the qualities intended for the new chair, noted Betros.

Prior to his appointment as the Chair of Strategic Leadership, Hill served for six years as the Professor of Organizational Studies in the Department of Department of Command, Leadership, and Management. In 2014, Hill founded the Carlisle Scholars Program, a customized learning experience for students motivated to read and research deeply, write for publication, and engage with strategic leaders. Following an accelerated core curriculum, the Carlisle Scholars collaborate on research directed by the Chief of Staff of the Army.  Toward the end of the academic year, they present their research findings to senior Army leaders.  The research and publication of the Carlisle Scholars Program was the genesis of the current USAWC Integrated Research Project program.

This month, the Army War College launched Dr. Hill’s latest initiative, War Room, a hosted web journal that provides students, faculty, and alumni a forum for debating topics of national security and defense.

“I am very honored to have this opportunity, and grateful for the generosity of the U.S. Army War College Foundation in making it possible,” said Hill, upon announcement. “It is a privilege to advance the study and practice of leadership, and to work with the current and future leaders of the nation’s armed services.

"To paraphrase Charles De Gaulle: Leadership belongs to no one, and it belongs to everyone. No single field owns the study of leadership. Yet leadership affects us all.

"The War College is uniquely positioned to combine practical and theoretical perspectives from a variety of fields and contexts. As Chair of Strategic Leadership, I will focus on achieving that synthesis," said Hill.

Hill recently authored, with Dr. Stephen Gerras, the article, "Systems of Denial: Strategic Resistance to

Innovation," providing insights about addressing the challenges related to organizational change.

Andrew Hillholds a Doctorate in Business Administration from Harvard Business School, a Master’s of Public Policy at the University of California, and a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University.

Hill has published on a range of defense-related topics in military journals, the Harvard Business Review, and the Journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His current research focuses on innovation and strategic development in complex, adaptive systems. 

The Chair of Strategic Leadership was made possible through the vision, encouragement, and generosity of the Army War College Foundation’s Board of Trustees, Provost Betros noted.

“While the Trustees acknowledged the excellence of the existing faculty, they realized that the heavy teaching load competes with the potential for cutting-edge scholarship and innovation,” said the provost. “The Chair of Strategic Leadership, with fewer teaching responsibilities, can devote more time to other important activities." 


Robert Martin, USAWC Public Affairs
Jesse Munoz wins Army War College public speaking contest

Four USAWC students speak, in competition, about strategic security

May 16, 2017 – Four speakers vied for supreme orator within the Army War College yesterday: Air Force Lt. Col. Timothy Hoffman; Navy Cmdr Joel McMillan; Border Patrol Agent Jesse Munoz and Pakistan Brig. Gen. Nadeem Ashraf all competed in the public speaking event held in Wil Washcoe Auditorium.

Munoz was the overall winner of this year’s event, speaking on the topic he selected, “Securing America.”

“I thought it would be different,” said Munoz, about his choice of topic.  He said he expected the students with a military background to speak about strategy from a military perspective. “So, I thought this would be something different … national security but from a home land security standpoint.”

“As I move up through the ranks at DHS I have to speak publicly, so it’s one of those things I try to do whenever I can,” he said. “I still get really nervous right before I am about to start, but it has gotten better. It is just one of those things you have to practice, practice and practice to get better.”

Hoffman spoke about “Problems with Constitutional War Powers;” McMillan spoke about “Natural Security;” and Ashraf’s topic was “Interventionism: A strategic Concern.”

Dr. Larry Miller, the competition director, set the theme of “Strategic Security in a Dynamic World: Pressing Issues.” Entrants were invited to speak on any aspect or dimension of the theme and advocate for a course of action. The competition objective is to present a speech that is fundamentally persuasive in character, and 5-7 minutes in length.

The three judges were Col. Robert Balcavage, Chief of Staff; retired Col. Ruth Collins, CEO, U.S. Army War College Foundation; and Mr. David Bennett, adjunct faculty member.

Munoz will be recognized at graduation, June 9, with a certificate and cash award. His will be added to previous years’ Top Speakers on the USAWC Speaking Competition Trophy displayed in the Root Hall Library.

When asked about why he picked his subject Munoz said “I thought it would be different, because being from the Department of Home Land Security and the Border Patrol, a lot of the guys having a military background would speak about strategy as far as the military so I thought this would be something different.  It’s national security but from a home land security standpoint opposed to a DoD stand point.

CDC,CYS to close on May 26 to honor staff

ATTENTION CYS (includes CDC, SAS, and Youth Services) PARENTS:

On Friday, May 26, 2017, Carlisle Barracks & Letterkenny Child, Youth, & School Services will be closed.  We will be closed to honor all CYS staff for their exceptional performance throughout the year culminating in a nearly 100% score in our most recent Army CYS Higher Headquarters Inspection for 2017.  This extremely thorough annual inspection leads to all of our programs receiving Department of Defense Certification. 

We are thrilled to be able to offer our staff this 8 HOUR Time off Award and realize this would not be possible without the full support of our Command and Parents.  Your flexibility in supporting this time off award has not gone unnoticed.  We will be crediting each family member a days-worth of care.  We thank you for your unwavering support of our staff and programs.    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at the numbers listed below. 

Thank you!

Liz Knouse

Director, Family & MWR

Carlisle Barracks, PA

Carlisle Barracks honors excellence at ceremony

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Army War College and Carlisle Barracks leadership honored more than 20 employees for outstanding service during the Installation Quarterly Awards Ceremony May 15 in the Letort View Community Center.

Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp, Army War College Commandant and Lt. Col. Greg Ank, Garrison Commander, hosted the event to show appreciation for the “heart and soul” of the installation.

“Thank you for the example you set,” said Rapp. “It’s important for us to recognize excellence when we can.”

Rapp compared the honorees to 2-time NBA MVP Steve Nash, who was recognized not just for his skill but for the impact he had on his teammates.

“You all make people around you better,” he said. “It’s not just what you do at your job but what you are giving back. You give more than you take.”

Those recognized were:   


2016 Civilian of the Year: Todd Wheeler, USAG, DPTMS

·        Wheeler established the high-performing Installation Operations Center that provides situation awareness for the command. He also took over the after duty hours watch officer program, improved efficiency, increased the number of duty officers, developed an SOP, expertly trained them and manages it in an effective manner.


FY17 Civilian of the QTR, 1st QTR: Kaleb M. Dissinger, U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center

·        Dissinger was simultaneously the AHEC lead for two critical projects, the World war I Centennial Exhibit and “On Patrol,” the final selection of the immersive Global War on Terror hallway exhibit. He coordinated with the key stakeholders and kept both projects on time and on budget.  

Also nominated were:

·        Mary C. Brown, Educational Technician, Department of Military Strategy, Planning, and Operation, USAWC. 

·        Michael L. Kelly, Supply Technician, Center for Strategic Leadership, USAWC

·        Erica Taylor, Library Technician, Army Heritage and Education Center, USAWC

·        Julie Teague, Operations Specialist, Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security, U.S. Army Garrison


FY17 Civilian of the QTR, 2nd QTR: Mr. Dwight Wimer, USAG, PAIO

Also nominated was Mr. Craig Pealer, Military Human Resources Specialist, Directorate of Human Resources, U.S. Army Garrison


FY 17 NCO of the QTR, 2nd QTR: Staff Sgt. Matthew Rosenkranz, Receiving NCOIC, Defense Distribution Supply Point, Defense Logistics Agency, New Cumberland, PA


FY 17 Soldier of the QTR, 2nd QTR: Private 1st Class Daysaundra Price, Chaplain’s Assistant, HHD, U.S. Army Garrison Carlisle Barracks


Special Awards:

·        Lynn Snyder, G8/DRM- Superior Civilian Service Award

o   Snyder was recognized for his work from June 2014 to May 2017 as the Assistant Chief of Staff, G-8 (Resource Management).

·        Jeffrey Hanks, USAG, DFMWR, ACS – Commanders Award for Civilian Service

o   Hanks for recognized for his service while serving on the Army Employment Readiness Program Advisory Group, IMCOM G9, Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Directorate, specifically for his development of the Employment Readiness and Military Spouse transition curriculum.  

·        Sgt 1st Class Mia D. Gillens, USAWC, SHARP- Meritorious Service Medal

o   Gillens was recognized for her service as the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator for the Army War College and Carlisle Barracks. Her outstanding leadership, commendable initiative and total dedication to duty are in keeping with the finest traditions of military service.   

·        Genevieve K. Hobson, USAWC, DCLM- Achievement Medal for Civilian Service

o   Hobson was recognized for her work from November 2016 to May 2017 where she supported the department as credit card holder and served as a “utility infielder’ while DCLMs Administrative Support Assistant was detailed to the Chief of Staff’s office, all while providing planning and logistical support to the National Security Staff Ride #3.

·        Donna Jones, USAG, Office of the Commander- Achievement Medal for Civilian Service

o   Jones was recognized for exceptional performance while serving as the Relocation Readiness and Mobilization and Deployment Program manager in Army Community Services. She developed the “Relocation One Stop” event for Army War College students and their families.    

·        Marivic A. Jones, USAWC, DCLM- Achievement Medal for Civilian Service

o   Jones was recognized for her work between November 2016 and May 2017 as she provided oversight of the budget, managed GFEBS and processed dozens of student and faculty TDYs through DTS. She was selected to serve as the Administrative Support Assistant for the Chief of Staff for 90 days and continued to help DCLM while her position was vacant.


Jim Thorpe Sports Days Recognition for DFMWR employees(Sports Event Support):

·        Don Watkins

·        Ann Miller

·        Sue Bower

·        Chad Johnson

·        Jimmy Price

·        Regina Franke

·        Sam Landis

·        Angelina Davis

·        Loren Rovegno

·        Nate Wright

·        Bruce Nielson

·        Al Flick

·        Steve Schroeder

·        Tashelle Millwood

Army War College launches new online journal, War Room

May 15, 2017 -- Introducing– Interesting, accessible, thoughtful and thought-provoking, War Room invites readers into the arena.

The authors and editors of War Room invite you to read and comment about significant challenges in national security and defense.

Although it is a publication of the U.S. Army War College, War Roomis not just for the Army community.

 If you're interested in national security and defense, you'll be interested in the views of the War Room contributors.

If you wish to know more about editors Andrew Hill’s and Thomas Galvin’s motivation to create War Room, see The Dodo’s Problem (and the Reason for War Room).

 "We expect that most contributors will be U.S. Army War College alumni and students, the War Rom is designed to be a high quality public platform for their best work,” said Andrew Hill, editor in chief, who anticipates that crowdsourcing to add to the perspectives of War Room.

 They may inspire you to realize, 'I hadn't thought of it that way."

They may inspire you to consider something that hadn't crossed your mind.

They will invite you into a vibrant debate about what they're thinking about at the US Army War College

Anyone can write for War Room. Great writing about defense and national security is the only qualification.

“We know that writers have numerous options for publishing their work, said Hill. “War Room must be an attractive choice. We will provide respectful, supportive, and responsive editorial reviews.”

Evening work on Carlisle Barracks gates to start May 15

Work to prepare for and paint the Ashburn and Claremont Road barriers and lanes will cause some noise and traffic changes in the evening starting Monday, May 15.

Staring at 5:30 p.m., prep work, priming and painting of the Ashburn Drive gate barrier and lanes will begin. Both lanes will be open for traffic the following morning. The work will be done Monday night while the gate is closed.

The work on Claremont Road will begin on Tuesday, May 16 at 5:30 p.m. and will require temporary lane changes while the work is being done. The crews will work overnight for four nights and expect to be completed on Friday. Entrance and exit traffic will be maintained at all times.

Housing survey deadline approaching 

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 26, 2017.

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.

Post pool opens for business May 27

Come visit the Splash Zone Swimming Pool for cool summertime fun starting May 27. Located behind the Letort View Community Center, it offers a large slide, separate baby pool and splash pad. The pool will be open for the season through Sept. 4.

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.  

Children 12 years of age and younger must be accompanied and supervised at all times by a parent or family member 16 years of age or older. Eligible users include: Active duty military, National Guard, Reserves, retired military and their family members who live within the same household and who are in possession of a valid DoD ID card; civilian employees and their family members who live in the same household. All identification cards are to be presented when entering the pool.

Aqua Zumba will be held on Mondays & Wednesdays from 6:30-7:20pm.  $5 per class. 

Hours of Operation

School in session
Open swim: 4-7 pm

Open swim: 12-7 pm

School out of session:
Lap swim: 11 am - 12 pm
Open swim: 12-7 pm
Open swim: 12 -7 pm

Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7 am from Jun 6-Aug 17 on Mon & Wed

2017 Swimming Lesson

The costs is $25 per student, per session and registration is on a first-come first-served basis.  Please register no later than one week prior to first scheduled class date.  Class sizes are limited.  To register, visit the pool during normal hours of operation or visit

Youth Age Lessons (ages 6-14) 9:00-9:45 am

Pre-School Lessons (ages 3-5) 9:55-10:25am

Tadpoles (sessions 3 through 6) (Infants ages 6 months-36 months) 10:30-11:00 am


Session 1

Jun 12-16

Session 2

Jun 26-30

Session 3
Jul 10-14

Session 4
Jul 24-28

Session 5
Jul 31-Aug4

Session 6
Aug 7-12


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May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness month

The Army observes the month of May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, as designated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The observance coincides with the beginning of riding season for many Soldiers and serves as an early kickoff for the critical days of summer.

In 2008, the Joint Service Safety Council identified motorcycle safety as the No. 1 non-combat safety issue facing the services that results in accidents and fatalities. With summer being the peak motorcycle-riding season, Army leaders engage the riders in their organizations to increase awareness of the hazards that are ever-present.

The Army has been able to reverse the trend through engaged leadership, training and education, and as a result, accidents and fatalities have decreased. Motorcycle safety and training remain a top non-combat safety concern.

U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center will continue to provide information on motorcycle safety tips, best practices, and training, as well as upcoming motorcycle safety events at Army installations. The Army's Motorcycle Mentorship Program is a voluntary unit or installation-level organization where inexperienced and seasoned motorcycle riders are paired together to create a supportive learning environment that promotes safe and responsible riding.

Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program

The Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program offers FREE training to all Pennsylvania residents and active duty military members with a class motorcycle learner’s permit or motorcycle license.  Training is offered for motorcycle operators of all levels and includes: aspiring new riders, semi-experienced, three-wheeled, and advanced riders.

The Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program offers classes throughout the entire year at multiple training sites throughout Pennsylvania. Class schedules are posted approximately 4-6 weeks in advance.  For additional information on obtaining motorcycle safety training, please call 800-845-9533 or visit

Students who successfully complete the Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program courses may be entitled to insurance premium discounts through participating insurance companies.

The USACRC continually solicits user feedback and provides information on safe motorcycling through the MMP websiteand social media. A motorcycle safety subscription page on the USACRC website( mentors and riders to receive real-time motorcycle safety information and query for existing MMP products. The USACRC's objective is to provide current and up-to-date information and material, including topics for all riding seasons, to improve communication and information flow.

More motorcycles than ever are registered on Army installations. Motorcycle riding has become the off-duty activity of choice for many Soldiers. Motorcycle accidents impact readiness and the safety of the Soldiers, Families and civilians is imperative for Army readiness.


Information provided by U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center



Garrison leaders refine skills, gain new tools in training

Garrison leaders and directors gathered in the Upton Hall Conference Room April 27 to learn new tips and tools in dealing with “customers,” which includes other employees, military members, families, retires and the general public.

“I tried not to approach the leaders as if we were doing something wrong, yet this is merely an opportunity for us to build on customer service, which we are currently doing, by utilizing a few new approaches introduced by IMCOM,” said Tony Robinson, Workforce Development Specialist for the Garrison, who conducted the training. The training, part of the IMCOM Customer Service Initiative, included discussions, practical exercises, introduction of customer service techniques and the opportunity to develop an action plan to implements what they learned in their own organization.

The IMCOM initiative is designed to enhance the level of customer service and inculcate a culture (defined as shared value) of service excellence within all facets of the Command.

The foundation of this initiative is leader engagement.

“Leaders must be open, honest, and straightforward in communication, especially during periods of change,” said Lt. Gen. Kenneth Dahl, IMCOM Commanding General about the CSI. “Through leader and community engagements, all echelons of IMCOM will use every available opportunity to inform and educate our employees, our customers, and the communities we serve about the changing environment and how IMCOM will continue to support them.”

The initiative is built upon the premise that excellence in customer service is a by-product of how you treat your employees, the Service Culture Initiative establishes an environment where employees have engaged and caring leaders, feel valued and respected, possess a sense of belonging or loyalty to the organization, and treat each other with dignity and respect, said Dahl.

“It is proven that in such an environment, employees are likely to have a positive attitude and enjoy working in the organization,” he said. “This positive attitude is then ‘passed forward’ to each other and those we support.”

Dahl said the feedback from the field helped drive the creation of the program.

“This is a long-term commitment to improving how we treat our IMCOM team members and improve ourselves as an organization,” he said. “The Service Culture Initiative is designed to ensure our employees are prepared for and empowered to deliver services in the best possible manner given available resources. The initiative also ensures that those we support understand and acknowledge IMCOM’s commitment to serving them and our contribution to Army readiness.” 

Army Chief’s Thinktank Studies Major War

on May 01, 2017

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US and Hungarian forces exercise in Lithuania.

ARMY WAR COLLEGE: If you want to know what the Army Chief of Staff is thinking, don’t just ask around the Pentagon. Drive a couple hours north through rural Pennsylvania — passing the Gettysburg battlefield on the way — to the Army War College here in quiet Carlisle.

An institution whose influence has waxed and waned over the years, today’s War College has become Gen. Mark Milley’s personal thinktank, getting bigger budgets — a rarity in today’s Army — to study urgent issues of great power war. Recent wargames include one on fighting an unspecified “near-peer” power and another on how to mobilize the entire Army Reserve and National Guard for all-out conflict. The War College will run another near-peer wargame in June when Chief of Staff Milley convenes much of the general officer corps, including all 3- and 4-stars, for his Senior Leader Readiness forum.

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Maj. Gen. William Rapp

“I think the Chief is really pushing…a near-peer wargame because there are some capability gaps that we have to address, and some of those capability gaps exist between the ears of our senior leaders,” Maj. Gen. William Rapp, a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan who’s served as War College commandant  since 2014, said. “Counterinsurgency… that’s all my students really know. They are not products of the ’90s where we just did rotation after rotation against a near peer threat in the NTC (National Training Center).”

“General Milley… he is leaning on the War College to help him think through some of his really tough issues,” Rapp told me in an interview. “Currently, the Army outsources the vast majority of its thinking to thinktanks. We are giving the chief — us and other organizations — the ability to insource thinking.”

Milley has assigned the War College eight major projects: great power war; the Third Offset Strategy for high-tech conflict; strategic risk assessment; Defense Department reform; strategy & planning; global presence and crisis response; the Asia-Pacific rebalance; and building up partner nations in Africa. The Third Offset study alone involves 14 students, all experienced officers, writing papers, briefings, and a full-length book on the operational, institutional, leadership, and ethical implications for the force of 2035-2050. But, because the War College faculty and students doing the projects are already funded by the Army payroll,  Rapp said, “We’re doing them at less than a tenth the cost (of) RAND Arroyo,” for example.

Working real-world Army priorities is also a good education for the up-and-coming colonels who make up the War College student body, most of them expert tacticians and technicians who are relatively new to strategy, Rapp and his faculty told me. “It helps our students get involved in the really tough issues that are important to the chief.”

Center for Strategic & Budgetary Assessments

Defense of the Baltic States and Poland against a notional Russian missile barrage. (CSBA graphic)

The Sleeper Awakens

The Army War College wasn’t always so plugged in. At times, it’s had a reputation as a sleepy place, outside the rushing mainstream of military life, where colonels bound for the general-officer ranks could “take a knee” and rest between high-powered assignments. After years of reporting only to the Chief of Staff, it was folded under the powerful Training & Doctrine Command (TRADOC) by 2003 — a move reversed 10 years later to bring it directly under Milley’s predecessor, Gen. Ray Odierno.

Today, the War College is independent of TRADOC but works closely with it. Rapp is dual-hatted as a vice-chancellor of TRADOC’s Army University, for example. The War College frequently acts as a “subcontractor” for TRADOC projects, such as the annual Unified Quest wargames exploring future conflict: Once run by contractors, they’re now led by War College students who spend a semester preparing to role play commanders, chiefs of staff, and other senior officers in simulated HQs. This year’s UQ scenario, incidentally, will be another major war against a nameless near-peer adversary that sounds an awful lot like Russia.

The War College also ran the first of several “mobilization games” exploring how to call up every soldier in the Army Reserve and National Guard at once for a massive, prolonged conflict. “The country hasn’t done a full mobilization since the Second World War,” Rapp said. “Could we replicate the miracle of ’42? I’d say, not right now, no.” The game identified multiple shortfalls from mobilization sites to procedures to railway capacity, all of which would require more thinking and more funding to fix. And that’s just “full mobilization,” Rapp told me: “Total mobilization” — a draft — is ” even a more difficult problem.”

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A Punisher unmanned ground vehicle follows a soldier during the PACMAN-I experiment in Hawaii.

The War College doesn’t only deal with hypothetical problems. It also sends advisors out to the military’s combatant commanders around the world, for example helping Pacific Command to draft campaign plans and the Nigerian army to stand up its own war college “It keeps our faculty at the forefront of what’s cutting edge out in the combatant commands,” Rapp said, “and it gives the combatant commands basically free labor that is pretty thoughtful.”

In addition to the promising colonels that form its regular student body, as of last year the War College runs continuing education for all general officers — consolidating and streamlining what had become a sprawling array of time-consuming courses. “They were all good ideas and they all had value but they all took time,” Rapp said, something generals generally lack.

“We got rid of redundancies,” Roper said, “(and), especially important for this chief, we brought rigor back into general officer education, so it’s no longer gentlemen’s courses. It’s no longer sitting in a room being talked at for eight hours a day for five days.” General officers must wrestle with case studies, write papers, and — in a least one course I’m personally familiar with — defend their arguments before a panel of journalists. (We were not gentle).

“You’ve got to break out of your narrow frame of reference,” Rapp said, a particular problem for an army consumed by counterinsurgency for 15 years. Generals and colonels must learn to think “more critically and creatively about their profession,” he said. “If you have lost intellectual curiosity or believe that your assumptions are infallible, then you’re rapidly going to be dismayed out in the real world.”

Army announces next Commandant, US Army War College

CARLISLE, PA -- May 1, 2017 -- The Army announced today that Major General John S. Kem will be the next Commandant of the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania.

Major General John S. Kem currently serves as the Provost of the Army University and Deputy Commandant of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. As the first Provost of the Army University, he has guided the objectives and organization for a university structure that will maximize educational opportunities for Soldiers across all Training and Doctrine schools, providing valid academic credit for Army education and experience.

“I can think of no better individual to be the next Commandant of the Army War College.  John Kem is an exceptional leader and educator,” said Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp, outgoing USAWC Commandant.

“Martha and I are excited to be joining the Army War College team and the greater Carlisle community,” said Maj. Gen. Kem. “Having spent the last two years working on mid-career education for officers, warrant officers, NCOs and Army civilians as part of the overall Army University effort, it will be interesting and challenging to now work on education and leader development at the more senior level.”

Maj. Gen. John S. Kem previously served as the Commanding General of the Army Corps of Engineers Northwestern Division in Portland, Oregon. His command assignments include the Europe District, North Atlantic Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from 2008 to 2011; the 16thEngineer Battalion, 1stArmored Division, Germany and Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2003 t0 2005; and Company A, 307thEngineer Battalion, 82ndAirborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC, from 1991 to 1992.

Previous assignments include serving as Chief of the Programs Division, Office of the Chief, Legislative Liaison, Washington; Director of the Coalition-Joint Engineering Directorate, NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan; Executive Officer to the Director Joint Improved Explosive Device Defeat Organization, Washington; Military Assistant to the Secretary of the Army, Washington; Congressional Fellow, Washington; Operations Officer, 10th Engineer Battalion and Operations Officer 3rd Engineer Brigade, Fort Stewart, GA; and Assistant Professor, Department of Social Sciences, USMA, West Point, NY. He also served as Adjutant, 307th Engineer Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg and Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm; Executive Officer, D Company, 16th Engineer Battalion; Boeselager Reconnaissance Platoon Leader, Charlie Troop, 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armored Division, Germany; and Platoon Leader, C Company, 16th Engineer Battalion.

Kem graduated from the United States Military Academy and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers. He later earned a Master’s of Science in Environmental Engineering, and a Masters of Business Administration from Northwestern University and the Kellogg Business School. His military education includes Engineer Officer Basic Course, Engineer Officer Advanced Course, Army Command and General Staff College, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces where he earned a Master’s of Science in National Resource Management. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Virginia and a Chartered Financial Analyst.

He and his wife, Martha, will relocate to Carlisle for an Army War College change of command ceremony on the historic Carlisle Barracks in early August.

 Command will pass from Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp, 50thCommandant of the U.S. Army War College. Maj. Gen. Rapp, with his wife, Debbie, will retire from the Army at a later date.   


Carlisle Barracks sponsors job-seeking event May 11

Brush off the resume, practice your “elevator speech” and get ready for the 29th annual Carlisle Barracks Employment Readiness/ Soldier for Life Program Job Fair May 11, 10 a.m to 2 p.m. at the Carlisle Expo Center.

One of the largest job fairs in Central Pennsylvania, the event traditionally brings in nearly 50 local, national and government agencies.

This Job Fair will give employers the opportunity to meet a wide-range of professionals and non-professionals with a variety of experience and employment goals who seek permanent, long-term career opportunities as well as flexible and temporary positions. The Carlisle Barracks Job Fair is sponsored on behalf of military, veterans, military family members – and open to ALL regardless of association with the military.         

Any employer wishing to participate in the Job Fair on May 11th, 2017 can pre-register with the Employment Readiness Manager at (717) 245-3684 or 717 962-5342 or email

Confirmed participants:

·         Masterbrand Cabinets

·         PA Department of Corrections

·         Land O' Lakes

·         Penn State Health

·         FedEX

·         Milton Hershey School

·         Carlisle Container

·         CPAC NAF Human Resources

·         Guidewell Source

·         Henkels and McCoy

·         NFI

·         Common Wealth of PA State Civil

·         Army & Air Force Exchange Service

·         Farmers Insurance

·         JFC Staffing

·         Ulta Beauty

·         Source4Teachers

·         Robert Half

·         Aerotek

·         Sygma

·         Heller's Gas

·         Angels on Call

·         PA State Police

·         KEANE Group

·         AMAZON

·         KBR

·         Community Options

·         Comcast

·         Trek

·         Rohrer

·         Axiom

·         Tapestry Technologies

·         Schneider National

·         Houck

·         Norfolk Southern

·         ABRAXIS

·         PA Career Link

·         PA Department of Veterans of Foreign Wars

·         PA Outreach VAN



Sydney Freedberg, Breaking Defense

Iraq: Proving Ground for MultiDomain Battle

ARMY WAR COLLEGE, April 27, 2017 -- The brutal ground war in Iraq holds vital lessons for sophisticated future operations in the Pacific, Australian Maj. Gen. Roger Noble said today. Military pundits often draw a sharp distinction between what they consider low-tech warfare against irregular forces, as in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria, and high-tech war against states like China and Russia. But when Noble went from a tour in Iraq last year to the Hawaii headquarters of US Army Pacific, he said, the cutting-edge concepts of Multi-Domain Battle that USARPAC is experimenting with forcefully reminded him of coalition operations against Daesh, the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

“Last year, we saw the future,” Noble told the Army War College here. “We came back and read Multi-Domain Battle (and thought) ‘we saw version 1.0 in Iraq.'”

Multi-Domain Battle calls on the services to break out of their traditional comfort zones and extend their reach into each other’s domains so they can support each other and attack the enemy from multiple angles at once. That requires the military to develop not only new weapons — from cyber tools like Stuxnet to shore-based anti-ship missiles — but new systems of command, control, and communication to bring the disparate efforts together.

That’s already happening in Iraq, Noble argued. As Iraqi ground forces grind down the Islamic State, they receive not only explosively visible assistance from US airstrikes and artillery, but also invisible support from many nations. While the Australian general was naturally cagey about details, between his remarks and our informed speculation, we can say that support probably included satellite and signals intelligence, electronic jamming, computer hacking and targeted propaganda.

“Capabilities are now globally sourced, so global capabilities were employed tactically inside Iraq… from all of the domains,” Noble said. “A battalion of the Iraqi army may be supported by coalition national strategic assets — and that battalion may be completely oblivious to that.”

“I can’t go into any detail, but in one battalion attack, you had EW (electronic warfare), IO (information operations), cyber, leaflets!” Noble told me after his public remarks. “Plus all the normal stuff, kinetic fires (e.g. airstrikes). We were able to put it together in a package that had such an influence on them that they responded by leaving…. The enemy withdrew.”

“I’ve never seen” so many complex, high-echelon assets — “pretty much every capability that there is” — helping out at such a low tactical level, Noble said. “Some of those were coalition capabilities, and some of them were not military capabilities, so the challenge becomes, how do you synchronize all that together? And there’s no doctrine for that.” (The smart people building Multi-Domain Battle are working on this, but it’s still a nascent concept — not yet fully elaborated Army doctrine).


Army tactical cyber team at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California.

Army tactical cyber team at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California. The US military is just beginning to figure out how to apply these high-tech tools at the lowest tactical levels.

Too Secret To Use?

“One of the issues is operational security and intelligence,” Noble said. “There are a lot of capabilities that you just can’t talk about. One of the questions we’ve got to ask ourselves is how do we talk about them a bit more (to coalition partners), at the same time protecting them.” Even in his current job, as an Australian soldier — a member of the “Five Eyes” intelligence-sharing alliance with the US — serving as a deputy commander in US Army Pacific, he occasionally wrangles with whatever poor lieutenant has been tapped as Foreign Disclosure Officer over what documents he’s allowed to read, Noble said to rueful laughter from the War College audience.

Such bureaucratic obstacles seem comic only until they’re tragic. One member of the coalition may have a powerful capability that could save lives, but secrecy could prevent it ever being used: “You can’t use something if you don’t know it’s there,” he said.

Anzac Day 2012 at Gallipoli, TurkeyMuch of the discussion about future information-sharing revolves around computer networks that can tag each item of data and each user to know who from what country has access to what secrets. In Iraq today, Noble said, the solution is people. You try to put together the right staff officers and keep them in the loop so that, even if you don’t know a capability exists, someone who does know will hear about your problem.

Sometimes they’ll speak up and offer their help. But secrecy can be so strong, Noble said, “sometimes they don’t even tell you, but they do it, and then they tell you afterwards — or they don’t tell you ever.”

So the Iraqi battalion on the ground isn’t the only one that can be “oblivious” to all the capabilities being employed behind the scenes on its behalf. Coalition commanders might not know, either. Getting some kind of concerted effort out of all the independent and often rival parties around Mosul, in particular, was an exercise in “herding cats,” Noble told the War College audience. And it wasn’t just the Kurds vs. Arabs and Shia vs. Sunni that risked running afoul of one another, he said: “How do you get the cyber organizations of 19 countries not to commit fratricide?”

In many cases, “we had no authority or even situational awareness” about what various actors were up to, Noble said. “(You) need a unifying and systematic approach… to allow those cats to support you and to self-synchronize with the plan if you have no authorities over them.”

That’s a problem no amount of computer programming or clever networking will solve: It takes a human touch. If Multi-Domain Battle is to be more than a US-only show, it has to build on the hard-won coalition-building skills US officers learned in Afghanistan and Iraq.

New Army Substance Abuse Program expert hopes to prevent abuse before it starts

One of the best ways to help stop substance abuse is to work to create awareness and help prevent problems from developing in the first place.

That’s where Rick Gross, the new Prevention Coordinator for the Army Substance Abuse Prevention program, comes in.  

“Much of what we do during the day has to do with the habits we have developed,” he said. “By definitions, these habits are unconscious; we don’t think about them too much because we have done them so much.”

He said that he hopes to get people thinking about whether the habits they have developed around alcohol use, as well as other issues, such as cell phone, internet use, video games, exercising, eating, that are helpful or not so helpful.

“We all have something we can work on,” he said. “Taking one small step toward a very specific goal is the first domino toward much larger successes.” 

Gross is no stranger to Carlisle Barracks, having worked here as a counselor in ASAP in 2010, before departing for Ansbach, Germany with his wife, where he worked for five years. Prior to working for the Army he worked for the City of Alexandria doing substance abuse treatment, and at a non-profit agency in Washington, DC called Community Connections doing community mental health case management.

“Working at Carlisle Barracks is a pleasant experience,” he said. “The post itself is fairly serene and lovely.  And the surrounding community with ample opportunity for hiking and other outdoor activities are perfect for me and my family.”