Banner Archive for June 2009

Carlisle Summerfair XXXII  - July 2- 11 
    The 2009 Carlisle Summerfair will be held July 2-11 at various locations around Carlisle. Events include an “around the town bike ride,” children’s art activities, and ice cream social, miniature golf tournament, concerts, a parade and more, all for free.
    For more information visit

Carlisle Fireworks July 3
The Stars Burst Over Carlisle 2009 fireworks display will take place at 9:30 p.m. Friday, July 3.   

    For more community news check the Community Calendar.


Summer Sense Campaign: Throwing a party responsibly

    June 24, 2009 -- While everyone loves a great party, it's the hosts' responsibility to ensure everything runs smoothly.  The following are some tips to make sure everyone has a safe and fun time:

* Get together a list of emergency numbers (police, fire, etc) as well as that of some taxi companies to have available before hand

* Have a bartender (someone not drinking) to help keep an eye on how much everyone is drinking

* Make sure you have non-alcoholic beverages available

* Keep food available throughout the entire time you have guests (high protein foods like meat and cheese are best)

* Stop serving alcohol about 2 hrs before the party's anticipated end

* Encourage the Designated Driver Program.

* Never ever let anyone who's had too much to drink drive!

Have a safe, accident free Fourth of July Weekend.

    For additional information contact the Army Substance Abuse Program at 245-4576.

Summer sense: Drinking, boating and the law

Did you know:

* Boating under the influence carries stiff penalties. If you are arrested you could face fines between $500.00 and $7,500.00, up to 2 years in jail, and suspension of boating privileges for up to one year.

* Homicide by watercraft while under the influence carries fines up to $15,000.00, and three to seven years in prison. An operator is considered impaired at .08 BAC in PA.

* Each year more than 700 people die in boating accidents. Alcohol is involved in close to 40% of these fatalities.

* Your vision, judgment, reaction time, and balance are impaired with the first drink, all of which you need when boating.

* It is illegal to operate a watercraft (including personal watercraft and jet-skis) on all waters of the Commonwealth while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance.

* Stay Safe. Don't operate a boat under the influence of alcohol.

    For additional information contact the Army Substance Abuse Office at 245-4576 or check out the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission at

    The above information was provided by the PA Liquor Control Board.



Test your knowledge of energy conservation with the following question. 

            What is the Army's policy for large screen TVs?

                   a.  You cannot have a big screen TV.

                   b.  You can buy any brand of TV you like.

                   c.  Large screen TVs over 36 inches must be Energy Star.

                   d.  Only DTVs are allowed.

C is correct. See excerpt from Army Memorandum IMPW-E dated 12 Jun 2009.

             "You are reminded that the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and Executive Order 13423 require federal buyers to purchase Energy Star rated products.  Purchases of large screen televisions are limited to only those that are Energy Star rated and have the lowest combined acquisition and life-cycle operation cost.  Purchases must be limited to the minimum essential to meet mission requirements. All televisions, regardless of type, will be turned off when not being watched."

Security exercise may cause delays entering post June 25, 29, 30

June 19, 2009 -- Post security personnel will hold an exercise in the vacinity of the Claremont Road and Ashburn Road gates during the late evening of June 25, the afternoon of June 29 and the morning of June 30. Minimal delays are possible entering posting during this time frame.

 Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
West Point Cadets continue journey at Carlisle Barracks

West Point Cadet Maggie Fountain was present for the Army War College's Army birthday celebration outside Root Hall June 15. Fountain spent her summer as an intern at the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute. Photo by Spc. Jennifer Rick.

June 16, 2009 – The Army War College is considered the home for future strategic leaders, but it has also been home to future leaders who are is just beginning their journeys when they will depart to resume their educations at the United States Military Academy at West Point. 

    Cadet Maggie Fountain, an intern at the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute, will depart Carlisle Barracks this week before returning to West Point July 4 to begin Air Assault School and, in the Fall, begin her 'first year' at the U.S. Military Academy.

        "Being here has been a great opportunity to learn about the element of military power at the strategic level," said Norris. "I've loved my time here and wouldn't trade it for anything or any other experience in the world. What I've learned here will not only help me in my next year at the academy but in my career as an officer."

    Fountain said that her experience at PKSOI will help her when she competes for a scholarship as part of a West Point program to pursue a civil-military relations degree in graduate school as well as in her military career.    

    "I received some great practical experience conducting research in interagency operations, she said. "I wrote a ten-page research paper for PKSOI that will likely be published in the next bulletin."

    Joining the Army has always been her goal, she said.

    "I always wanted to be in the Army from an early age," she said. "I wanted the lifestyle, and West Point had academic and leadership qualities that I liked. They develop character and ethics for good officers. I want to be a part of the environment and contribute to it." She said she hoped to join the military intelligence branch but wouldn't make her final decision until October.

   Coming from a military family also made the choice easy. Her father, Col. Darrell Fountain, is a 2007 Army War College graduate now stationed at Fort McPherson, Ga.

   "I want to give back for what this country has done for me and my family and what it will do for my children in the future," she said. "Everyone should give back in some way, not necessarily in the military, but in some way. I think that I can make the biggest impact by serving my country in the Army."

    She said that being a cadet is at times tough, but that's the way it's supposed to be.

    "It's very challenging but it is designed to be challenging," she said. "It causes stress both mentally and academically and has a regimented and disciplined schedule. If you don't manage properly it can be a daily grind and you can feel bogged down by the little things."

    "The best thing to do is, step back and look at the big picture. Everyone has problems like yours. Time management is definitely the hardest thing. Learn to do it effectively so you can reduce stress and learn to juggle your requirements."

     When asked if she had advice for others looking at West Point she said to make sure they are going for the right reasons.

    "Those who feel pressured to go are the ones who look miserable day after day, so be there for the right reasons," she said. "Make sure it's what you want to do for yourself and what kind of officer you want to be."

   Fountain is one of four USMA cadets to be assigned at the Army War College's institutes this year.      

   "They have completed their third year at the academy and are part of the Cadet Summer Training Program," said Arthur Bradshaw, Center for Strategic Leadership. The program sends 20 cadets into academic placements all over the country. 

     "The purpose is for them to learn about the use of the military element of power at the strategic level, the interagency process, and the combatant commands.  We work them in to projects related to these fields."  Cadet Adam Norris will depart CSL this week and will be followed by cadets Chris Gaulin and Jason D'Elosua. 

Kelly Schloesser, Army War College Public Affairs  

SSI conference voices warning over new security threats   

KINGSTON, Ontario – Transnational crime, drug trafficking, homeland security, natural disasters, and health pandemics were all voiced as major concerns facing the Western Hemisphere in the next decade during a recent conference co-sponsored by the Army War College Strategic Studies Institute.

    More than 100 military officers, government officials, academics, and policy makers representing the United States, Canada, and Mexico gathered for the conference in Kingston, Ontario June 10-12 to discuss regional security threats. 

   "North Americans face a complex and changing security environment. Where enemies of the past were relatively predictable, today we face a range of threats extending across multiple domains," said Lt. Gen. Thomas R. Turner, commander of U.S. Army North.

    Turner participated in a panel discussion on North American security perspectives and described the developing threats and mutual security concerns.

    "Many of today's threats, including terrorist use of WMD, illicit drug trafficking, threat of pandemic influenza and other natural and manmade disasters, attacks on information and space systems, are unpredictable, diverse, decentralized, and yet increasingly networked," said Turner.

Dr. Max Manwaring discusses new security threats in the Western Hemisphere and the need for a mulitlateral approach to resolve them at the Kingston Conference on International Security June 10-12.  Over 100 military officers, government officials, academics, and policy makers representing the United States, Canada, and Mexico, gathered in Kingston, Ontario to discuss regional security threats. Photo by Kelly Schloesser.

SSI share studies with international partners

    In co-sponsoring the event, SSI contributed research and analytical expertise to the dialogue: Col. Douglas Lovelace, director of the Strategic Studies Institute, and research professors Dr. Max Manwaring and Col. Alex Crowther.

    Army War College faculty member, Dr. Paul Kan, participated as a panel chairperson as well.

    Both Manwaring and Crowther presented studies that outlined new security threats for the region.

    "War has changed from the unilateral dimension to the multilateral dimension of the social, political, and economic paradigm," said Manwaring.

    "Most of the threats we, the United States, and much of the rest of the world face today are transnational in nature and require transnational solutions," he said.

    Manwaring encouraged the three countries to work together consistently and face the new threats as a united front.

    "All of the elements of power must be applied to solve these challenges. And we need not just a whole-of-government approach but a multilateral, hemispheric approach," said Manwaring.

    During a panel on building security in the Americas, Crowther discussed difficulties that must be overcome in order to curb drug trafficking from Latin America through Mexico and into the United States and Canada.

    "In many of the Latin American countries the policing levels are very low, allowing for ships, aircrafts, trucks, and people to transport drugs," he said.

    Crowther addressed the policing efforts and underlined the need for improved coordination from the U.S. and Mexico.

     "With the support of several organizations, once the drugs reach Mexico they have a very well developed system. It's very hard to control," said Crowther. "With mass corruption and threats, it's very difficult to encourage local police to challenge the trafficking."

    Crowther advocated supporting a police exchange program, where the units are assigned to another location in Mexico, far from their home. This would provide more protection for forces and their families, he said.   

 Col. Alex Crowther, SSI research professor, presented research on drug-trafficking originating in Latin America, to Mexico, and then to the United States and Canada. Photo by Kelly Schloesser.

Working as partners, sharing information   

    In facing these threats, several panelists highlighted the need for continued open-discussions and information sharing.                                                

    "This conference brought together key partners to interact in thought-provoking discussions on enhancing security in the Americas," said Lt. Gen. Charles Bouchard, deputy commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command. 

    "We need to continue to strengthen our relationships and learn from each other," said Bouchard.     

    Several of the panelists noted that Canada's re-engagement in the region over the last few years has greatly increased the amount of information shared.  The relationship between the two countries was said to be very effective by speakers.  

    Turner also focused on the growing ties between the United States and Mexico, where growing security concerns have led to increased U.S. engagement.    

    "As part of our theater security cooperation effort with Mexico, we are in routine contact with SEDENA and the Mexican Army leaders in an effort to not only continue building a strong relationship between our country's two Armies, but to exchange lessons learned from our 7-years of COIN operations in Iraq and Afghanistan that may be applicable to their close fight against the drug trafficking organizations," said Turner. 

    "It is imperative that we do everything possible and within their wishes, to operationally enable them for success while respecting the sovereignty of both nations. The Mexican Army's success in Mexico mutually supports our efforts to secure the land approaches to the homeland," he said.

    Representing the Mexican Navy, Admiral Jorge Pastor Gómez, further described the Mexican Armed Forces role as being supportive to both federal and state authorities on issues such as organized crime, drug, weapons, or human trafficking, terrorism, natural disasters and pandemics. Gomez also noted the need for strengthening relations with regional partners and collaborating on security concerns.

    SSI participates in several academic conferences throughout the year.  

    "SSI's Academic Engagement Program creates and sustains partnerships with the global strategic community. We co-sponsor academic conferences to examine issues of importance to the Army, collaborating with some of the most prestigious universities in the country," said Dr. Dallas Owens, chairman of SSI's Strategic Research and Analysis Department.

IF Program still seeking sponsors

The International Fellows Program is still seeking Carlisle Barracks sponsors for the following countries:

Republic of Macedonia
Republic of Congo

    All interested parties should contact the IF Office at 245-4830. All interested should fill out the sponsor information form on-line found at:

Army Substance Abuse Program
Summer Sense Campaign: Prescription RX Abuse

WHAT CAN YOU DO? TIPS FOR PREVENTING RX ABUSE    Think about your home. What prescription and over-the-counter drugs do you have? Where are they kept? Would you know if some were missing? The good news is that you can take steps immediately to limit access to these drugs and help keep your teen drug-free.

Take note of how many pills are in the bottle or pill packet, and keep track of refills. This goes for your own medication, as well as for your teen and other members of your household. If you find you have to refill medication more often than expected, there could be a real problem – someone may be taking your medication, and monitor dosages and refills.

Make sure your teen uses prescription drugs only as directed by a medical provider and follows instructions for OTC products carefully. This includes taking the proper dosage and not using with other substances without a medical provider's approval. Teens should never take prescription or OTC drugs with street drugs or alcohol. If you have any questions about how to take a drug, call your family physician or pharmacist.

Examine your own behavior to ensure you set a good example. If you misuse your prescription drugs, such as share them with your kids, or abuse them, your teen will take notice. Avoid sharing your drugs and always follow your medical provider's instructions.

Unused prescription drugs should be hidden and thrown away in the trash. So that teens and others don't take them out of the trash, you can mix them with an undesirable substance (like used coffee grounds or kitty litter) and put the mixture in an empty can or bag. Unless the directions say otherwise, do NOT flush medications down the drain or toilet because chemicals can pollute the water supply. Also, remove any personal, identifiable information from prescription bottles or pill packages before you throw them away.

Make sure your friends and relatives, especially grandparents, know the risks, too, and encourage them to regularly monitor their own medicine cabinets. If there are other households your teen has access to, talk to those families as well about the importance of safeguarding medications. If you don't know the parents of your child's friends, then make an effort to get to know them, and get on the same page about rules and expectations for use of all drugs, including alcohol and illicit drugs. Follow up with your teen's school administration to find out what they are doing to address issues of prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse in schools.

    Talk to your teen about the dangers of abusing prescription and over-the-counter drugs. These are powerful drugs that, when abused, can be just as dangerous as street drugs. Tell your teen the risks far outweigh any "benefits."

    The above information provided by PARENTS the Anti-Drug. For additional information contact the Army Substance Abuse Program at 245 – 4576.

   To learn more about Rx & OTC health risks, visit

Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Carlisle Barracks family celebrates Army birthday

Maj. Gen. Robert Williams, U.S. Army War College Commandant, was assisted in cutting the birthday cake by Pvt. 2nd Class Alissa McBryde and Sgt. 1st Class Ronald Gordon during the USAWC's 234th Army Birthday Celebration June 15. McBryde, a food inspector at Carlisle Barracks, is the youngest Soldier on the installation. Gordon, a part of the Center for Strategic Leadership, was recently promoted to Sgt. 1st Class. Photo by Spc. Jennifer Rick.

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June 15, 2009 – The Army Family at Carlisle Barracks celebrated the 234th Army Birthday June 15 with a joint gathering of Army, Navy, Marine, Air Force, and civilian students of the Army War College distance education class.

    "Two hundred and thirty four years ago our Army was founded to protect this nation," said Maj. Gen. Robert Williams, USAWC commandant. "Today our mission has not changed. Our Army has answered the call. We have always been there for our nation and we always will be."

    The cake-cutting ceremony focused on the rich 234-year heritage of the Army with a salute to noncommissioned officers.  Williams, Sgt. First Class Ronald Gordon, and Pvt. 2nd Class Alissa McBryde, Veterinary Command Food Inspector and youngest Soldier on post, took part in the ceremony.

    "Our Army was created to protect our country and for 234 years we have been doing that and will continue to do so," said Sgt 1st Class Ronald Gordon, who participated in the ceremony representing the NCOs at Carlisle Barracks. "It's an honor to be a part of the Army."  

    Gordon is a 14-year Infantry Soldier who currently serves in the Operational Gaming Division in the Center for Strategic Leadership. Gordon has been deployed multiple times is support of operations in Iraq.  At Carlisle, Gordon supports exercises such as the capstone academic exercise for USAWC students.

    Other post NCOs also attended the ceremony to celebrate the heritage of the Army.

    "I'm proud to wear the uniform," said Staff Sgt. Catherine Hutson, senior NCO with the Human Resource Directorate. "Every time I go off post in uniform people stop and thank me. That feels really good."


Distance education students take part in celebration

    "I'm proud to be a part of the long and great tradition of the Army," said Lt. Col. William Brown. "We're charged with protecting our country and I can't think of a more noble cause." Brown is one of the 350 students who reported to Carlisle Barracks Monday for a resident phase of the Class of 2010 distance education program.

    Distance education students have completed their coursework via the internet for the last year and the resident phase is mid-point through the two-year internet-based curriculum. Technology overcomes the geographical challenges of students spread around the world.    

    "Students have the opportunity to share how they have applied what they have learned in the five online courses they completed this past year," said Col. Sue Myers, first year studies director. "The program allows students to immediately apply what they are learning to their professions."

    The resident phases allow students to participate in seminar group sessions, to attend lectures and work with classified material relevant to the course of instruction.

    The students said they appreciate the opportunity to talk face-to-face after months of communicating and that their diverse backgrounds further enrich these discussions.  Much like the resident course, students in this year's class come to Carlisle from assignments all over the world. They are finance officers, chaplains, aviators and engineers. They are State and Defense department civilians, and international fellows, and representatives from all the nation's military services.

     "This time here allows us to put a face with the forum," said Matt Wanchick, student, during the opening session, just prior to the Army Birthday celebration. 


More Army Birthday events slated

    The cake cutting ceremony is just one of the ways that the post is celebrating the Army birthday. A week-long series of events for Soldiers and their families are planned. The day kicked off with a parade at the Moore Child Development Center. More than 50 youth, Soldiers, civilians and family members walked from the CDC around Root Hall and returning to the CDC. A complete schedule can be found below.  


Youth Services

June 15             Army Birthday Party                                                      4:30 P.M

Cake, sing Happy Birthday-distribute Birthday Books /Invite Senior Personnel

June 16             Scavenger Hunt around Post                                          4-6 P.M.  

 Get Army Birthday t-shirts signed at each location

(Fire Station; LVCC; GC office; Delaney Clubhouse; Police Station; etc.)

June 17              "234 Sprint"                                                                   4:30 P.M.

GC runs w/ SAS & MST kids


June 18             Field Trip:  Corn Maize trip(School-Age)                          8:30-3:30 P.M.

Children will be given patriotic activity books to complete on the bus ride.  Upon completion and return of books, the child will receive a patriotic prize.


Summer Camp Members          

June 18         Patriotic & Birthday Craft Extravaganza(Middle School/Teen)                          

June 19             Patriotic Bike ride/Patriotic Picnic/Cookout                     10-11:30 A.M.


Child Development Center

June 15                                     Happy Birthday Parade                          9:30 A.M

June 17                                     Patriotic Crafts                                       10 A.M

June 18                                     Doughnuts for Dad                                 8:30 A.M.

June 19                                     Tie-Die Shirts                                         10 A.M

June 19                                     Special Reader:  CSM Powell                10 A.M.  

Children will wear their tie-dyed shirts, Cake, ice cream sing Happy birthday to follow.

    CYS events are open to those with a membership. Membership are free but registration is required. Open houses do not require membership.

For more information call 245-3801 or 245-4555.





Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden American Forces Press Service
Defense Travel System to modify reservation process

June 10, 2009 - Minor changes are scheduled to take place within the Defense Department's travel reservation system later this summer to support the Transportation Security Administration's new pre-flight screening program, a Defense Department official said today.

    Under the current format, when travelers arrange flight, hotel and rental car reservations online at the Defense Travel System Web site, the only personal information the site processes through to the vendors is the traveler's first name, last name and middle initial. But after the system and Web site modifications take effect, the traveler's date of birth and gender will be included to comply with the TSA's Secure Flight Program, said Pam Mitchell, director of the Defense Travel Management Office.

    Defense travelers will be prompted by a pop-up screen from the DTS Web site to add the information, as well as to enter their name as it appears on their government-issued identification card. The change will be minimally inconvenient to the traveler, as the information will be entered only once then saved to their profile, Mitchell said.

    The program is an outcome of the 9/11 Commission, and it basically streamlines the process of identifying potential passengers deemed a match on the FBI-generated watch list screened by the airlines, Paul Leyh, the program's director, said.

    Before the program officially began last month, the various airlines each had their own screening processes, which was inconsistent and inconvenient for many travelers, Leyh said. It's not uncommon for a passenger's information to be identified as a match on one airline's list but cleared through another's, he added.

    "From carrier to carrier, because the process is different, it's inconsistent across all carriers," he said. "Throughout the world there are hundreds of carriers, and it could be kind of a crap shoot for people. But with Secure Flight, it's going to be the same process for that person regardless of the carrier."

    With the Secure Flight Program, the TSA eventually will become the sole prescreening agency for all airline passengers. The program officially started in May with several domestic airlines, but within 18 months, every airline – international and domestic – that travels within, to, from and over the United States will be phased into the program, he said.

    This will improve the safety of more than 2.5 million people, Leyh added. Also, travelers who've been misidentified as a close-enough match on the watch list can apply for a redress number through TSA to prevent future inconveniences. If cleared, the redress number also will be added to their profile in DTS.

    "With nearly every commercial airline participating, watch list matching is going to be more effective, which is going to allow us to clear more people and focus on those potential travelers that are considered as a close enough match," he said.

    The program will virtually go unnoticed by the passengers, officials said, as no changes to the airline check-in or security checkpoint procedures are involved. Once defense travelers make the initial modifications to their profile on the DTS Web site, officials added, the program's changes will not affect them unless their information matches the watch list. 


Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
WHO declares H1N1 flu pandemic

    June 11, 2009 -- The World Health Organization scheduled a meeting today to declare a global H1N1 flu pandemic as confirmed cases of H1N1 virus continue to grow worldwide.

     "What this would mean is that spread of the virus has continued and that activity has become established in at least two regions of the world," said Keiji Fukuda, the agency's assistant director-general of health security and environment. "It does not mean that the severity of the situation has increased and that people are getting seriously sick at higher numbers or higher rates than they are right now. This is a very important point for countries to understand."

    By early Thursday morning, the health agency had recorded more than 27,700 cases in 74 countries, with 141 deaths. As of June 5, Pennsylvania had 626 confirmed and probable cases, with two deaths reported.


What is a Pandemic?

     A pandemic is a global outbreak of disease that occurs when a new virus appears or "emerges" in the human population, causes serious illness, and then spreads easily from person to person worldwide. Pandemics are different from seasonal outbreaks or "epidemics" of influenza. Seasonal outbreaks are caused by subtypes of influenza viruses that already circulate among people, whereas pandemic outbreaks are caused by new subtypes, by subtypes that have never circulated among people, or by subtypes that have not circulated among people for a long time. Past pandemics have led to high levels of illness, death, social disruption, and economic loss.


H1N1 background

    Novel influenza A (H1N1) is a new flu virus of swine origin that was first detected in Mexico and the United States in March and April, 2009. The first novel H1N1 patient in the United States was confirmed by laboratory testing at CDC on April 15, 2009. The second patient was confirmed on April 17, 2009. It was quickly determined that the virus was spreading from person-to-person. On April 22, CDC activated its Emergency Operations Center to better coordinate the public health response. On April 26, 2009, the United States Government declared a public health emergency.

    It's thought that novel influenza A (H1N1) flu spreads in the same way that regular seasonal influenza viruses spread; mainly through the coughs and sneezes of people who are sick with the virus.

    Since the outbreak began in the United States, an increasing number of U.S. states have reported cases of novel H1N1 influenza with associated hospitalizations and deaths. By June 3, 2009, all 50 states in the United States and the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico were reporting cases of novel H1N1 infection. While nationwide U.S. influenza surveillance systems indicate that overall influenza activity is decreasing in the country at this time, novel H1N1 outbreaks are ongoing in parts of the U.S., in some cases with intense activity.

    It's uncertain at this time how serious or severe this novel H1N1 virus will be in terms of how many people infected will develop serious complications or die or how this new virus may affect the U.S. during its upcoming influenza season in the fall and winter. Because this is a new virus, most people will have little or no immunity against it, and illness may be more severe and widespread as a result. In addition, currently there is no vaccine to protect against this novel H1N1 virus. CDC anticipates that there will be more cases, more hospitalizations and more deaths associated with this new virus.

    At this time, most people who have become ill with novel H1N1 in the United States have recovered without requiring medical treatment and have experienced typical flu symptoms.

    CDC is continuing to watch the situation carefully, to support the public health response and to gather information about this virus and its characteristics.



    CDC has developed a PCR diagnostic test kit to detect this novel H1N1 virus and has now distributed test kits to all states in the U.S. and the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The test kits are being shipped internationally as well. This will allow states and other countries to test for this new virus.


    The U.S. Government is aggressively taking early steps in the process to manufacture a novel H1N1 vaccine, working closely with manufacturing. CDC has isolated the new H1N1 virus, made a candidate vaccine virus that can be used to create vaccine, and has provided this virus to industry so they can begin scaling up for production of a vaccine, if necessary. Making vaccine is a multi-step process requiring several months to complete.

Strategic National Stockpile

    CDC has deployed 25 percent of the supplies in the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) to all states in the continental United States and U.S. territories. This included antiviral drugs, personal protective equipment, and respiratory protection devices. These supplies and medicines will help states and U.S. territories respond to novel H1N1 virus.

Editors note: Information used in the story came from the CDC, WHO and PA DEP.





Kelly Schloesser, Army War College Public Affairs Office
New homes for incoming class progressing on schedule

New post housing in the Heritage Heights area is nearing completion and is ready for families of the new resident class to move in this summer. Photo by Kelly Schloesser.

June 10, 2009 -- Heritage Heights Phase I will be completed in time for the 2010 Army War College Class, said Tom Kelly, director of public works.

    Currently, half of the planned 24 homes are completed and ready for families of the new resident class to move in this summer. The remaining homes are in their final stages of construction and are looking at a July completion date.

   In the next few weeks, the construction fence surrounding the work area will be removed and construction crews will pave Sumner Road, according to DPW.

Homes for permanent party families are also seeing progress in Marshall Ridge Phase II. Housing frames are currently being constructed on the planned 22 single-family and 12 duplex homes.

   Read more on Carlisle Barracks Construction here.


Youth Army 234th Birthday Celebration events

Youth Services

June 13              Barbeque -  U.S. Army Birthday Kick-Off Event          4 P.M

June 15             Army Birthday Party                                                      4:30 P.M

Cake, sing Happy Birthday-distribute Birthday Books /Invite Senior Personnel

June 16             Scavenger Hunt around Post                                          4-6 P.M.  

 Get Army Birthday t-shirts signed at each location

(Fire Station; LVCC; GC office; Delaney Clubhouse; Police Station; etc.)

June 17              "234 Sprint"                                                                   4:30 P.M.

GC runs w/ SAS & MST kids


June 18             Field Trip:  Corn Maize trip(School-Age)                          8:30-3:30

Children will be given patriotic activity books to complete on the bus ride.  Upon completion and  return of books, the child will receive a patriotic prize.

Summer Camp Members          

June 18         Patriotic & Birthday Craft Extravaganza(Middle School/Teen)                          

June 19             Patriotic Bike ride/Patriotic Picnic/Cookout                     10-11:30 A.M.

Child Development Center

June 15                                     Happy Birthday Parade                          9:30 A.M

June 16                                     Special Reader:  CSM Powell                TBD  

June 17                                     Patriotic Crafts                                       10 A.M

June 18                                     Doughnuts for Dad                                 8:30 A.M.

June 19                                     Tie-Die Shirts                                         10 A.M

Children will wear their tie-dyed shirts, Cake, ice cream sing Happy birthday to follow.

    Military affiliated youth must be a Child, Youth and School Services member (free membership) to participate in most events. Open houses do not require membership.

For more information call 245-3801 or 245-4555.


Gary Sweppenhiser, General Engineer, DPW
Test your knowledge of energy conservation  

Question: What is the Army's established inside temperatures for heating and cooling?

                    a.  64 heating and 80 cooling

                   b.  70-74 heating and 72-76 cooling

                   c.  78 heating and 68 cooling

                   d.  set at any temperature you like

Answer: B is correct. See excerpt from Army Regulation AR 420-1 below.

    Heating- During the heating season, temperatures in occupied facilities will be maintained in the range of 72 degrees Fahrenheit plus or minus 2 degrees Fahrenheit during working hours and heating setback temperatures during unoccupied times shall be set at 55 degrees Fahrenheit plus or minus 5 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures in warehouses and similar active working spaces, like maintenance bays, will be at 60 degrees Fahrenheit plus or minus 5 degrees Fahrenheit during occupancy and 45 degrees Fahrenheit plus or minus 5 degrees Fahrenheit during unoccupied periods.

Warehouses will not be heated if they are usually devoid of human activity and if freezing and condensation are not issues.

    Cooling- Wherever mechanical cooling is authorized, cooling season temperatures for occupied working and living spaces shall be maintained in the range 74 degrees Fahrenheit plus or minus 2 degrees Fahrenheit. Cooling set-up temperatures during unoccupied times shall be set at 85 degrees Fahrenheit plus or minus 5 degrees Fahrenheit.

    The operation of portable heating and cooling devices is prohibited where the intent is to circumvent the heating and cooling standards outlined above. Supplemental heating and cooling may be used when cost effective energy reductions can be achieved by reducing usage of primary heating and cooling systems or personal comfort levels can not be achieved by reasonable adjustments of the primary system. Such devices are particularly effective where only a few people occupy a portion of a large building, and conditioning is only required in a small section of the facility. Use of personal supplemental heating or mechanical cooling devices must have supervisor written approval and must only be used when the area is occupied. 



Post Soldiers, employees recognized for dedication

Maj. Gen. Robert Williams congratulates Chaplain (Col.) Arthur Pace during the Installation Quarterly Awards Ceremony June 10. Pace recieved the Meritorious Service Medal for his dedication to the Carlisle Barracks memorial Chapel during his time here. Photo by Scott Finger. Want more photos?

June 10, 2009 -- During Carlisle Barracks' Quarterly Awards Ceremony, the following people were recognized for their dedication and level of workmanship they show on a daily basis.

Special Award Recognition

Gary L. Johnson, Army Heritage and Education Center              
2008 Carlisle Barracks Civilian Employee of the Year

Jeffrey M. Lang, Department of Emergency Services               
Carlisle Barracks Civilian Employee of the Quarter, 1st Qtr CY 09

Randy L. Carpenter, Human Resources Directorate            
Commander's Award for Civilian Service

Chaplain (Col.) Arthur C. Pace, Post Memorial Chapel            
Meritorious Service Medal

Capt. Derek B. Leo, Post Judge Advocate             
Army Achievement Medal

Spc. Thomas R. Fiedler, Post Memorial Chapel      
Army Achievement Medal

Commandant's Coins and USAG Certificates of Achievement for serving as members of the USAWC and USAG Retreat Ceremony Team for the National Security Seminar June 1.

Sgt. 1st Class Richard Hall, Center for Strategic Leadership

Staff Sgt. Kevin Betton, Post Memorial Chapel

Staff Sgt. Tanya Eitel, Center for Strategic Leadership

Sgt. Jerry McKissen, Dental Clinic

Spc. Achley Lyons, Vet Command

Spc. Corey O'Connor, Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic

Spc. Jennifer Rick, Public Affairs Office

Pfc. Shannon Dunbar, Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic

Pvt. Alissa McBryde, Vet Command

USAG Certificates of Achievement for representing Carlisle Barracks in the Carlisle community Memorial Day Parade on Monday, 25 May

Spc. David Carlisle, Center for Strategic Leadership

Spc. Thomas Fiedler, Post Memorial Chapel


CSM Coins for assistance with the USAWC Class on the Washington, DC, Field Trip

Master Sgt. Barry Sessoms, Center for Strategic Leadership

Sgt. 1st Class Richard Hall, Center for Strategic Leadership

Staff Sgt. Tanya Eitel, Center for Strategic Leadership

Sgt. Radesha Dantzler, Headquarters Company


Length of Service Awards

Dr. John A. Bonin, Department of Academic Affairs             
40 years

Thomas J. Kelly, Department of Public Works               
25 years

Keturah Evelhoch, Army Lodging     
20 years


Recipients of the Commanding General's Bonus Award Program

Donna Horton, Directorate of Resource Management

Robert Mages, Army Heritage and Education Center

Mark Schatte, Department of Emergency Services

Debbie Teague, Post Memorial Chapel

Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
APFRI educates, collaborates with local partners

May 14, 2009 – The Army Physical Fitness Research Institute opened its doors today during a symposium designed to provide an educational opportunity for its staff and also establish a stronger relationship with the health, fitness and sports medicine professionals in the region.

   The day-long Jim Thorpe Leadership and Health Symposium in Root Hall's Wil Waschoe Auditorium included representatives from the Carlisle Area School District, Dunham Clinic, and APRFRI annexes at the Sgt. Maj. Academy at Ft. Bliss, Texas and the Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan.

    Briefers during the symposium included Dr. Jerel Zoltick, who spoke about the risk factors and prevention of cardiovascular disease, Col. Tom Williams, APFRI director, who addressed leadership, health and fitness and Maj. Donald Goss, who focused on injury prevention for the active lifestyle.

    "Even though we deal with publics that may be different in age, many of the same lessons apply," said Goss.

    The symposium turned into a discussion among the attendees who shared their unique insights into issues like modeling and maintaining health, how to integrate health programs and areas of key research to focus on. 

Symposium useful for APFRI annexes

       Recently the APFRI program has been exported to two annexes. The collaboration brings 24 years of APFRI expertise to senior NCOs and the 1,200 mid-grade officers attending the Sgt. Maj. Academy and General Staff College respectively, as well as the staff and faculty of each.  APFRI has also opened its services to the family members of Soldiers in order to increase awareness and to allow families as a whole to implement healthy lifestyle changes.

        "We have exported the entire program, with only modifications for the age groups of the communities being assessed," said Col. Tom Williams, APFRI director. 

    The conference provided a learning opportunity for the APFRI staff at its other facilities, according to Lt. Col. Sonya Edmonds. Personnel from the annexes attended and the symposium was broadcast live from the APFRI website for the staffs to watch from Fort Bliss and Fort Leavenworth.


   The symposium was another outlet to help changebehavior through education, one of the goals of the institute, according to Williams.  

    As part of the APFRI program, leaders undergo a complete health assessment. The assessments help to give the APFRI staff a baseline for each students' health, fitness, nutrition and well-being. From that information the staff is able to identify each individual's strengths and identify fitness and nutrition and behavioral changes that may be necessary. Then the APFRI staff provides information and guidance through classes and other educational opportunities.     

    "Almost everyone realizes that exercise and living a healthy lifestyle are important, but we seldom give ourselves time to do so," said Williams. "We try and help that by giving you the knowledge of what your risk factors are and by providing opportunities to learn how to deal with them."

    The education aspect is one of the most important, according to Williams.

    "The underpinning of the program is to push you into lessening your risk factors," he said. "The best way to do that is to educate you on what they are and what you can do to mitigate them. The benefit of the program is that it gives you an idea of your health relative to that of others in your age group."

    Plans are already underway for next year's symposium, which may be held just prior to Jim Thorpe Sports Days. Edmonds said that time period would allow the athletic trainers from the visiting war colleges and other regional collegiate staffs to possibly attend.   


Kelly Schloesser, Army War College Public Affairs
Army War College graduates will carry on lessons learned to fellow Soldiers, NCOs 

Sgt. Maj. Kenneth Preston, left, speaks with Lt. Col. John Kolasheski, Army War College graduate, after the graduation held June 6 on the parade grounds.  As the keynote speaker, Preston told stories of Soldiers and NCOs that the graduates would soon lead. Photo by Thomas Zimmerman.

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CARLISLE BARRACKS, Pa. - More than 330 Army War College students celebrated the end of their 10-month resident course and the beginning of a more challenging set of senior leader responsibilities as they walked across the historic Carlisle Barracks parade grounds during a graduation ceremony held June 6.

    "Graduation from the war college marks the beginning of my journey as a senior leader. I hope that I will be able to carry the leadership torch in a way that honors the men and women who have gone before me," said graduate Col. Donald Bolduc.

    "This year has provided me with the opportunity to apply my past experiences in an educational environment, to think strategically, to learn more about myself, and to learn from the views and opinions of others." Bolduc's next assignment takes him overseas to be the commander of the Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines.  

    Maj. Gen. Robert Williams, USAWC Commandant, encouraged students to take the lessons learned and carry them to those they lead.

    "Never forget your responsibilities to Soldiers and their need for leadership," said Williams.

    "Your skills must be put to work for the nation and the great servicemen and women and their families. Your leadership makes a difference," he said.   

    Several students noted that they will pass on what they learned in the seminar classroom to those they will lead elsewhere.

    "The war college has opened my mind in many ways," said graduate Lt. Col. Irene Glaeser, who will return to the Pentagon to serve as a DA Inspector General. "I have learned to respect those whose opinions do not resemble mine and to listen to what they have to say."

    "This year has taught me that personalities matter. Good leadership is essential and how you as a leader shape your team is important," said graduate Col. Michael Peterman. "It has made me more sensitive to others and to the diversity of the teams we work on today, whether they are from a different military branch, government organization, or allied country." Peterman will move on to Fort Campbell, Ky. to command the 101st Sustainment Brigade.

    Students noted that this year has provided them some much needed time to rebalance their lives after a series of multiple deployments.


More than 330 Army War College students eagerly wait for their names to be called at the graduation ceremony held at Carlisle Barracks June 6. The ceremony marked the end of their 10-month resident course and the beginning of their careers as senior leaders. Photo by Spc. Jennifer Rick.


    "This year was truly a blessing for me and my family. The college goes out of its way to ensure that students have the opportunity to rebalance their lives while here. To be sure, there is demanding curriculum, but there is also time set aside for students to spend with their loved ones," said Air Force graduate Col. Rick Matton, who will also head to the Philippines to be the Air Attaché.

    As the keynote speaker, the Sergeant Major of the Army Kenneth O. Preston, told stories of Soldiers and NCOs that the graduates would soon lead.

    "Knowing that all of you will leave here today to take on positions of great responsibility in the years to come, I want to leave you with…inspiring stories of the Soldiers and service members you will lead in the future," said Preston.

    Preston's remarks included NCO stories from operations in the Horn of Africa, Afghanistan, and Pennsylvania's own 56th Stryker Brigade in Iraq.

"Never forget your responsibilities to Soldiers and their need for leadership," said Maj. Gen. Robert Williams, USAWC Commandant, in his address to the graduates. The Army War College students were presented with diplomas from the commandant and dean, as well as the keynote speaker, the Sergeant Major of the Army Kenneth O. Preston. Photo by Spc. Jennifer Rick.      


   The Sergeant Major visited the Pennsylvania National Guard unit while they were training at Fort Polk, La., before heading to Iraq. He told of a sergeant first class who had just returned from seven months in Iraq training with Iraqi security forces.

     "When I asked him what he thought of his experience he replied, 'I loved it and I would go back tomorrow if I could,'" said Preston. 

     Preston also reflected on a recent trip to Dira Dawa, Ethiopia where he met a staff sergeant assigned to the 402nd Civil Affairs Battalion. The young sergeant was in charge of a 17-member team that led operations to supply water to a city of over 300,000 and build a school for children to attend the first through eighth grades.     

    "Think about the responsibilities we have given a young staff sergeant with seven years in the Army, combined with the efforts of all the young enlisted leaders there on the ground," said Preston.

    With the Army celebrating the "Year of the NCO," many students found it fitting to have the Sergeant Major of the Army as their final speaker.

   "The Sergeant Major provided the opportunity to reflect on our extremely talented NCO Corps. I would not be here today if I did not have great NCOs supporting me as a commander, providing me with exceptional counsel, and ensuring the mission is accomplished and the men and families are cared for," said Bolduc.

    "His address reemphasized the Army's and America's unwavering commitment to our noncommissioned officer corps," said graduate Col. Timothy Starke, a senior Army Signal Officer headed to Fort Bliss, Texas.  "They are a precious resource that is vital to the success of our military and to our national security."


Class of 2009 Background

    The graduating Class of 2009 consists of 336 students.  The student body includes 198 Army, 31 Air Force, 17 Marine Corps, 14 Navy, and one Coast Guard Officer representing the Active, Reserve, and National Guard components.

    Thirty-three civilians from the Department of the Army, Defense Leadership and Management Program, Department of State, National Security Agency, and Department of Homeland Security, are also in attendance, as well as 42 International Fellows are senior foreign officers from Afghanistan, Albania, Australia, Bahrain, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Estonia, Georgia, Germany, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.

    More than 74 percent of the military student body has campaign experience in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and 21 percent in Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan).   

Commandant promotes Australian Fellow to Brigadier upon USAWC graduation ceremony

 Brig. Don Roach, Australian International Fellow, has his rank pinned on by his wife, Sue, and his daughter, Georgia, following the Army War College Graduation June 6. Photo by Thomas Zimmerman.

June 6, 2009 –Australia's  Fellow Col. Don Roach was promoted to the rank of Brigadier by Army War College Commandant Maj. Gen. Robert Williams, following the Army War College Class of 2009 Graduation June 6,

    "This is a glorious opportunity for all of us," Williams said. "It proves the partnership of U.S. and Australian forces. He wants to be promoted, and I want to promote him," he added with a laugh.

    "Don is a natural leader and a fine soldier, and he has an amazing family," Williams said of Roach's wife, Sue, and their three children, Barclay, Georgia and Jackson.

    After having his newly-achieved rank pinned on by his family, Roach made a point to thank those who helped in his success.

    "First, I would like to thank the War College Commandant, Ambassador Efird, and all the other leadership that makes this place what it is," he said.

   "I would also like to thank my fellow students and their families. It has been a long, fun ride and we look forward to inviting every one of you to Australia to come visit and continue the friendships we made here. Lastly, I would like to thank my kids, and my wife, Sue."

    Williams also noted to Roach, "We all look forward to your leadership in the future. You have always been there, willing to take on any task."

     The diverse perspectives of senior officers from other nations enriches the seminar experience.  The International Fellows help prepare US students, and each other, for effective coalition operations.

      US students and International fellows form relationships that will carry forward to the future. The International Fellows Hall of Fame celebrates the accomplishments of many of the USAWC former students who have been promoted to the highest ranks of their militaries and civilian governments.


Spc. Jennifer Rick, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Australian Fellow promoted after USAWC graduation ceremony

Brig. Don Roach, Australian International Fellow, had his rank pinned on by his wife, Sue, and his daughter, Georgia, following the Army War College Resident Graduation June 6. Photo by Thomas Zimmerman. 

June 6, 2009 –Australia's  Fellow Col. Don Roach was promoted to the rank of Brigadier by Army War College Commandant Maj. Gen. Robert Williams, following the Army War College Class of 2009 Graduation June 6,

    "This is a glorious opportunity for all of us," Williams said. "It proves the partnership of U.S. and Australian forces. He wants to be promoted, and I want to promote him," he added with a laugh.

    "Don is a natural leader and a fine soldier, and he has an amazing family," Williams said of Roach's wife, Sue, and their three children, Barclay, Georgia and Jackson.

    After having his newly-achieved rank pinned on by his family, Roach made a point to thank those who helped in his success.

    "First, I would like to thank the War College Commandant, Ambassador Efird, and all the other leadership that makes this place what it is," he said.

   "I would also like to thank my fellow students and their families. It has been a long, fun ride and we look forward to inviting every one of you to Australia to come visit and continue the friendships we made here. Lastly, I would like to thank my kids, and my wife, Sue."

    Williams also noted to Roach, "We all look forward to your leadership in the future. You have always been there, willing to take on any task."

     The diverse perspectives of senior officers from other nations enriches the seminar experience.  The International Fellows help prepare US students, and each other, for effective coalition operations.

      US students and International fellows form relationships that will carry forward to the future. The International Fellows Hall of Fame celebrates the accomplishments of many of the USAWC former students who have been promoted to the highest ranks of their militaries and civilian governments.


Col. Kenneth Trzepkowski, Commander, Dunham Army Health Clinic
Get your school, sports physicals out of the way early

    June 4, 2009 -- The staff at the Dunham Health Clinic urge parents to schedule their sports/camp/school physicals for their children as early as possible.  This helps you and the clinic by getting them completed on your time line and will not create a backlog of appointments at the end of the summer. 

    If you wait until August to try and schedule your appointment, you might not be able to get in as early as you like.  If you schedule it now, it's done and you can go on and enjoy your summer. 

    Please ensure that when you make your appointment you have the appropriate school forms with you.  We also ask that the parents fill out all the information to include the health history prior to your appointment.  Arriving ready is the key to a successful visit.

    If you are PCSing to another post, please do not schedule your physical with us here at Dunham.  Most school districts have their own paperwork and you may have to redo the physical at your next duty station.  If you can secure the paperwork for the new school, we'll be glad to complete the physical here prior to your move. 

    The following must be brought to the physical appointment:  the child, a military ID, the patient's shot record, glasses or contacts (if needed) and the necessary completed (administrative and health history) forms. 

    Please remember that children must be accompanied by a parent up until the child is 18 years of age.  The clinic also discourages parents from bringing other children to the appointment who are not being seen.

    We are currently booking physical appointments six weeks out so please call 245-3400 to schedule your appointment today.

Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
National Security Seminar tackles issues facing military, nation

Christopher DeMuth, American Enterprise Institute president, answers a question in Bliss Hall June 2 as part of the 2009 National Security Seminar.  The Army War College welcomed more than 160 "new member" guests of the National Security Seminar, June 1 – 5, and sent them into 20 different seminar rooms to exchange thoughts about compelling and challenging topics national security. Photo by Megan Clugh.

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June 5, 2009 -- A cross-section of Americans from education, law, business and other fields traded daily work routines for a week-long experience as new members of the Army War College seminars. Informed citizens interested in national and international issues  traded the 'flash card' version of the news for an immersion experience with the men and women here who will make the news.  

    The Army War College welcomed more than 160 "new member" guests of the National Security Seminar, June 1 – 5, and sent them into 20 different seminar rooms to exchange thoughts about compelling and challenging topics national security. These discussions provided a mixture of opinions and gave the topics new dimension for faculty and students. 

    "Our nation and military are in a time of war and that will take precedence on the discussions this week," said Maj. Gen. Robert Williams, USAWC commandant, in greeting the NSS seminar members. "We look forward to getting to know you and learning from you."

     Since the beginning of the NSS program in 1954, the Army War College has hosted more than 6,000 participants from all walks of life and all regions of the United States. 

   The week-long seminar focused around dialogue and discussions of various topics and serves as a type of "final synthesis" of the year's education for the Army War College students.

    Guest speakers included keynote speaker retired Gen. Barry McCaffrey; Christopher DeMuth, former president of the American Enterprise Institute; Dr. Richard Betts, Council on Foreign Relations; and Hon. Lee Hamilton, director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.  

   Each speaker focused on a specific topic, which lead to a dialogue during the questions and answer session that continued once the students and new members returned to seminar.

    McCaffrey discussed a multitude of issues, including the fact that the Army War College will increase its number of International Fellows in next year's class.

   "I think it's great that the college is doing that," he said. "I couldn't think of a better idea. International partners are an essential part of the fight."

    "He gave us a unique perspective on the situations going on world-wide, especially those in Afghanistan and Iraq," said student Col. Michael Aberle, talking about the keynote address by McCaffery.

    "I think the speakers have been great," said Sam Frymyer, of Hanover, Pa. "They are very educational and informative."

    "The seminars are extremely informative and interesting," said Sam Bonasso, civil engineer, Alpha Associates of Morgantown, W. Va. "They give a perspective of what these men and women have to learn to be senior officers."

    "I am thrilled to be here," said Rick Lucas, regional manager, McQuade & Bannigan, Copenhagen, N.Y. "The seminars are very good, enlightening and motivational. I might sign up for the Army," he joked.

   Topics ranged from current operations and foreign relations to the role of government, the latter tackled by DeMuth.

    "There is no more important role for the government than national defense and national security," he said. "We need to focus on not just what's happening now, but plan for the future. Too often we neglect what the military needs."  

     Hamilton focused his remarks on America's role in the world. 

    "We stand alone at the top of the world's nations, no one rivals us," he said. "While we may lead the world we certainly cannot control it. We must weigh the costs of interventions, both in dollars and in lives. We should peruse that goal modestly."

   The seminar was deemed a success by many of the participants.

    "This was a great opportunity to get a chance to see first-hand what our senior military leaders are thinking and talking about," said Linda Williams, superintendent, Lake County Educational Service Center, Concord, Ohio.

    Vernon Jacob, Senior Vice President, USB Financial Services,Wellfeleet, Ma., agreed.

    "I wish I had been able to take part in this type of seminar earlier," he said. "It really has been quite an experience."


Suzanne Reynolds, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Outreach support from Army War College ROCKS chapter reaches through community

  June 5, 2009 -- Over the 2009 Academic Year, members of the Carlisle Barracks Chapter, the ROCKS, Inc., provided outreach support to 16 local and international programs. Members of ROCKS consist of Army War College students, staff and faculty, and garrison personnel.

  "We looked at organizations that had a need," said Col. Xavier Stewart, student, and ROCKS chapter president.  "It lets you appreciate how much you have in life when working with the underserved populace."

  This year ROCKS achieved their goals of supporting command and community programs, providing mentorship to students in local schools, providing scholarships to local deserving students and providing emergency relief support to individuals within the community.

  Outreach support benefits many organizations

  • $1,000 for the United Church of Christ in the CROP Walk/Run Campaign for the World Church Services with one-third of the money going to the food bank in Harrisburg and two-thirds to Africa for the purchase of water, blankets, goats and laying hens

·         Supporting 30 families in the Harrisburg area through the Angel Tree program, providing Christmas gifts for children whose parents are incarcerated

·         Providing volunteers for the Carlisle Salvation Army

·         Providing canned goods for the Harrisburg Food Bank

·         Donating to the American Cancer Society to support the nutrition and smoke cessation educational programs

·         Supporting Martin Luther King Day events in several communities

·         Providing volunteers for the Carlisle Christian Academy, Hamilton Elementary and Moreland Elementary Reading Programs

·         Supporting the Child Abuse Awareness Month assistance

·         Providing two $500 scholarships to academically deserving students—Alia Khan, and Corey Lee Henneghan, seniors at Carlisle High School

·         Donating $300 for the purchase of 200 blankets for those in need as a result of disasters throughout the world through the United Church of Hummelstown Blankets+ program through World Church Services

·         Providing volunteers for the Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation

·         Donating to the Purple Heart Club

·         Donating to the American Lung Association to support their smoke cessation educational programs

·         $1,250 for the HEIFER program for purchasing milking cows for sustainability of African villages


  "The ROCKS Chapter embarked on the most aggressive outreach program thus far in its short history," said retired Col. Charles Allen, USAWC Faculty and ROCKS member.  "Under the leadership of Col. Stewart and Navy Cmdr. Carolyn Owens, the chapter membership supported a wide array of activities that extended beyond local Carlisle programs to Harrisburg and linked with other national and international organizations."  "Col. Stewart as a Pennsylvania Army National Guard officer and local resident was able to tap into several established programs with his network.  He has set a high bar for the next year's incoming ROCKS members," said Allen.

  After graduation on June 6, Stewart will return to the Pa. Army National Guard as the Director of Military Support to Civil Authorities, and as Deputy Director of Intelligence and Operations. 

  "I will be working to have the Pennsylvania Army National Guard prepared to support civil authorities in any emergency event for Pennsylvania and nationwide," said Stewart.  "I will also be working closely with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency."

  Concerning his future involvement with the CBks Chapter of ROCKS, Stewart said that he plans to work with ROCKS, and if members from the USAWC Class of 2010 want, he will maintain the continuity of the programs. 

  "As president of ROCKS, It has been enriching and rewarding working with students with diverse and ethnic backgrounds.  It teaches you how to be more humble, how to be a better leader and mentor," he said.

  "I will strongly encourage the 2010 Class to join this worthy organization and to continue the legacy established by the 2009 Class," said Stewart.

The organization

  Established in 1974 and headquartered in Washington D.C., with chapters throughout the U.S. and its territories, the organization was named in honor of Brig. Gen. Roscoe C. Cartwright, a charter member of the organization prior to his death in a plane crash.



Army Substance Abuse Program Release
Summer Sense Campaign: The new party drugs

Prescription medication abuse by teens and young adults is a serious problem in the United States.
    -1 in 5 teens has abused a prescription pain medication 
    -1 in 5 report abusing prescription stimulants and tranquilizers 
    -1 in 10 has abused cough medication

Why is this increase in teenage prescription and OTC drug abuse happening now?
Awareness and access. Mainly for good reasons, our society is very familiar—and more and more comfortable—with prescription pharmaceuticals and OTC medicines. Products come to market, their images advertised in newspapers, magazines, and on television and the Internet, with educational programs to raise our understanding of the conditions they treat. Many new drugs replace older ones with safer and more effective formulations.

Caught in the Web
Then there's the Internet, which has been at the center of an explosion of information of all kinds, good and bad. You can find useful information on the Web about the risks from the nonmedical, recreational use of prescription and OTC drugs. But you can also learn how to abuse them. Many websites describe for would-be abusers what kinds of cough syrup they should buy, how much to take, and how to extract its intoxicating ingredient. Most disturbingly, it is as easy for a teenager to buy narcotic pain relievers like Vicodin or stimulants like Adderall or sedatives like Xanax over the Internet as it is to buy a book or CD. Enter "no prescription Vicodin" in your Web browser's search bar, and you'll find numerous websites ready to sell your son or daughter various prescription drugs—without the nuisance of an actual prescription or even asking your child's age—delivered to your home in an unmarked package. But the most immediate source of prescription and OTC drugs is your own medicine cabinet or the medicine cabinets in the homes of your child's friends. New and expired or forgotten prescriptions or last winter's OTC flu medicines could be inviting targets for the teenager looking to get high.


What to Do?
Some parents need to consider their own drug behavior. If you're casual about using prescription or OTC drugs, even if you're not looking to get high, you can set a bad example. Medications should be used by the person for whom they're prescribed, to treat the conditions for which they're prescribed. Don't use your kid's Ritalin to give you the energy and focus to complete a difficult work assignment. Regard these drugs seriously, and it's a good bet your child will, too. Start by taking an inventory of the drugs in your medicine cabinet. It's up to you to educate yourself about the real dangers of prescription and OTC drug abuse and to discuss these risks with your teen. Kids need to hear from parents that getting high on legal prescription and OTC drugs is not safer than getting high on illegal street drugs. And reaching out to have that discussion is not just an idle suggestion. It works. Research shows that kids who learn a lot about drug risks from their parents are up to half as likely to use drugs as kids who haven't had that conversation with Mom and Dad. Unfortunately, research also shows that fewer parents today are talking to their teenagers about drugs than they were only a few years ago. It's time to turn that stat around. Additional Information can be found on the website of the Partnership for a Drug-Free America — Quite simply, if you're not educating your children about any health risk they may encounter, you are not providing the protection they need in today's changing world. What could be more basic to being a parent than protecting your child from harm?

    Information taken from "The Partnership for a Drug-Free America." For additional information contact the Army Substance Abuse Program at 245-4576.

2009 USAWC writing award winners

    The Commandant of the U.S. Army War College is pleased to announce the names of students who will be receiving awards:

The 2009 Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Strategic Essay Competition (3rd Place)

Air Force Lt Col. Stephen B. Waller

     "Fostering Cooperative Relations with China: U.S. Economic and Military Strategy"

      Adviser: Professor Joseph Gregoire PKSOI


The 2009 Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Strategic Article Competition (3rd Place)

Col.  Andrew W. Backus

    "Growing Interagency Leaders from Grass Roots"

     Adviser: Senior Service College Fellow Harvard University


The AWC Foundation Award for Outstanding Strategy Research Paper

CH (LT. COL. ) Thomas L. Solhjem

     "Integrating the Religious Dimension into U.S. Military Strategy

      Adviser: Dr. Harry R. Yarger DNSS

Lt. Col. Paul M. Phillips

    "Deconstructing Our Dark Future"

     Adviser: Dr. Jerome J. Comello DMSPO

Col. Kevin J. Degnan

    "America's Soft Underbelly: Economic Espionage"

     Adviser: Col. Stephen Weiler DCLM

Pakistan Army BRIG Naushad Kayani

    "Attaining Stability: A Case for Accepting a Nuclearized Iran"

     Adviser: Professor Edward J. Filiberti DCLM

Col. J. Garrett Howard

    "Forecasting Evil: Strategic Warning in the Prevention of Mass Atrocities"

     Advisers: Dr. William J. Flavin and Mr. Michael Pryce PKSOI

Paulette J. Freese

    "China – The Rising Dragon: How Should the U.S. Respond?"

     Adviser: Professor John. F. Troxwell CSL


The AWC Foundation Personal Experiecne Monograph Writing Award

Col. Fred W. Johnson

    "Arrowhead Ripper: Adaptive Leadership in Full Spectrum Operations"

     Adviser: Dr. Jerome J. Comello DMSPO


The AWC Foundation Speaking Competition Award

Col. Fred W. Johnson

"It's Always the Year of the NCO"


The AWC Foundation Anton Myrer Leadership Award

Air Force Lt Col. James M. Forand

    "Rebalancing the Military Role in U.S. Foreign Policy"

     Adviser: Col. Ian Hope DMSPO


The Teaching Strategy Group Writing Award

Navy Cmdr. Joseph M. Keenan Jr.

    "The Cooperative Seapower Strategy: Time for a Second Engagement"

     Adviser: Navy Capt. Albert F. Lord SSR


The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) Writing Awards

Lt. Col.   Thomas E. Johnson

    "From Party-Army to Civil-Military Relations in China"

     Adviser: Professor Douglas Wake DNSS

Col. John M. McHugh

    "United States Relations with Russia: Forging a Way Ahead"

     Adviser: Dr. R. Craig Nation DNSS


The COL.. & Mrs. T. F. Bristol Military History Writing Award

Lt. Col. Gregory J. Mosser

    "Why Great Powers Rise and Fall: History's Lessons for the United States"

     Adviser: Dr. Richard M. Meinhart DCLM


The Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Institute for Land Warfare Award

Col. Kenneth D. Johnson

    "China's Strategic Culture: A Perspective for the United States"

     Adviser: Col. Jiyul Kim DNSS


The Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association Writing Award

Col. Michael L. Popovich

    "High Altitude Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Army Mission of Not?"

     Adviser: CAPT Albert F. Lord SSR

The Military Order of the World Wars Wrting Award

Navy Cmdr. Dennis A. Lazar Jr.

    "U.S. Energy Security – The Campaign We Must Win"

     Adviser: Col. Ian Hope DMSPO


The Lieutenant General Thomas J. Plewes Reserve Components National Security Strategy Writing Award

Col. William A. Hall

    "The Empty Bench: Future Leaders of the Army National Guard

     Adviser: Dr. R. Craig Bullis APFRI


The U.S. Military Academy's William E. Simon Center for the Professional Military Ethic (SCPME) Writing Award

Col. Robert M. Mundell

    "Empowerment: A 21st Century Critical Leader Core Competency"

     Advisers: Col. Michael Bowers and Cmdr Carolyn Owens DCLM


The Armed Forces Communications-Electronics Association (AFCEA) Writing Award

Air Force Lt Col. Scott W. Beidleman

    "Defining and Deterring Cyber War"

     Adviser: Col. Blane R. Clark DMSPO


The Commandant's Award for Distinction in Research

Col.  Donald C. Bolduc

    "Bureaucracies at War: Organizing for Strategic Success in Afghanistan"

     Adviser: Professor Frank L. Jones DNSS

Lt. Col. Thomas S. Bundt

    "Synchronizing USG Efforts Toward Col..laborative Healthcare Policy Making in Iraq"

     Adviser: Col. Robert S. Driscoll DCLM

Col.. Michael L. Smidt

    "The Prosposed 2009 War Powers Consultation Act"

     Adviser: Dr. Marybeth P. Ulrich DNSS

M. Annette Evans

    "Social Capital and Stability Operations"

     Adviser: Col. Michael T. Moon PKSOI

The AWC Board of Visitors Outstanding Leadership Award

Col. Jody L. Petery

The AWC Alumni Association Lifetime Membership Award

Col. Jack K. Pritchard

    An awards ceremony to recognize these individuals will be included as part of graduation June 6.

Carlisle Barracks to celebrate 234th Army Birthday June 15

    Come Celebrate the 234th Birthday of the United States Army on Monday, June 15 at 11 a.m. in the Bliss Hall Patio. Refreshments will be served



Lamberton student diagnosed with H1N1 virus

     A student at Lamberton Middle School in Carlisle has been diagnosed with the swine flu.

    A letter was sent to parents in the Carlisle Area School District this afternoon from Superintendent Mary Kay Durham.

"The Pennsylvania Department of Health recommends that individuals who develop the flu should remain at home for at least 7 days after the onset of illness. If they are still ill after 7 days, they should remain at home until symptoms have resolved for at least 24 hours," the letter reads. "In this case the individual has followed the advice of the Pennsylvania Department of Health."

   For additional information please refer to and/or or the Carlisle Area School District website at

    The student's identity is being kept confidential in accordance with federal privacy laws.



Army War College to graduate next generation of senior military leaders

Members of the Class of 2008 applaud the speaker during their graduation last year. The Class of 2009 will graduate on June 6, at 9 a.m. at the Wheelock Bandstand. file photo


June 2, 2009 -- Afghanistan, Iraq, the Global War on Terrorism and other operational challenges await the students who will graduate from the U.S. Army War College here Saturday, June 6 at 9 a.m. at the historic parade ground's Wheelock Bandstand.

    Commencement speaker, Sergeant Major of the Army Kenneth O. Preston, will address the resident students in the Class of 2009.  Since 2009 is the Year of the NCO, it is most fitting that the Sergeant Major of the Army addresses these future military leaders.

    Preston has served as the Army's senior NCO since January 2004. As Sergeant Major of the Army, Preston serves as the Army Chief of Staff's personal adviser on all enlisted-related matters, particularly in areas affecting Soldier training and quality of life.

    Preston will address the USAWC Class of 2009 with comments about the role of noncommissioned Soldiers and the special responsibilities of noncommissioned officers, NCOs, in meeting the Army's operational demands in Iraq and Afghanistan.  The SMA has served in leadership positions throughout his 34-year career, to include the Combined/Joint Task Force-7 in Baghdad.  He travels frequently to visit deployed Soldiers, most recently to Iraq.

    The graduating Class of 2009 consists of 336 students, which include 147 Army, 24 Army Reserve, 27 Army National Guard, 25 Air Force, three Air National Guard, four Air Force Reserve, 11 Navy, two Navy Reserve, 14 Marines, three Marine Reserve and one Coast Guard Officer.

    Thirty-three civilians from the Department of the Army, Defense Leadership and Management Program, Department of State, National Security Agency, and Department of Homeland Security, are also in attendance, as well as 42 International Fellows, foreign military officers from – Afghanistan, Albania, Australia, Bahrain, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Estonia, Georgia, Germany, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, the Philippines, Poland, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom.

    The U.S. Army War College, educating senior leaders since 1901 – in Carlisle since 1951--was established "not to promote war, but to preserve peace."

     The Army's most prestigious institution for the study of strategic landpower, prepares senior officers of the Army, Marine Corps, Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard to serve in the highest command and staff positions in the Armed Forces of the United States. 

    [In case of inclement weather, digital signage at the gates will announce change in venue.  The ceremony will be moved to the Bliss Hall auditorium, with guest seating in Reynolds Theater, and within Root Hall in conference and seminar rooms.]

Child care available during Commandant's Reception, Graduation

    Child, Youth and School Services will have extended hours during the Commandant's Reception June 2 from 5 to 9 p.m. Children ages infant to preschool will be at the Moore Child Development Center and children age 5 to 18 will be at Youth Services. Snacks will be provided.

    A babysitter list is provided for those who prefer to keep children at home. The list must be signed for by a student of faculty member.

    The Moore Child Development Center will open at 8 a.m. on June 6 child care during the Army War College Resident Graduation. Children must be 8 weeks to 5 years old, and must be registered at the CDC in advance. The cost will be $3.50 an hour per child.


Maj. Gen. Robert Williams, U.S. Army War College Commandant
Commandant's farewell to the class
USAWC says goodbye to another class of graduates

“May you live in interesting times” has been used variously as a blessing or a curse. It is reality for the students and international fellows ending your passage through the Army War College year of instruction, reflection and development. 

    This past year will persist in your memory as a reminder that we are all citizens of the world. We know that the special bonds of friendships created here will serve as buoys in this chaotic world. We trust that the critical insights realized here and the ethical principles deepened here will serve as beacons through turbulent times. 

    The world is too complex to accomplish national security objectives through military means alone in the future, as you have heard many times from guest speakers this year. We must understand the role and capabilities of other U.S. agencies, the environmental and political considerations of other nations, and the socio-economic conditions of the world’s citizens. Through dialogue here with colleagues and the academic guests who influence our world, you are prepared to engage the world in a new way. 

    The Army War College year is unique among all others. You were enriched academically and you were invited to select from more additional opportunities than one year makes possible. From the moment you created your individual learning plan, you recognized that this would not be the year the Army War College faculty designed. This was the year you designed. You took responsibility to seek out and exploit opportunities to learn from others, develop relationships, and sharpen critical thinking skills and communication competencies. It was your judgment at in choosing family focus, social activities, community engagement, and lifestyle changes for fitness and health. I hope that your Army War College diploma will be a symbol of both professional and personal development here. 

    The Army War College represents a lifelong commitment to education. You’ll undoubtedly find reason to reach back for faculty expertise and for publications to inform your understanding and decisions. Additionally, I urge each of you to consider the USAWC year as an opening salvo in your lifelong commitment to educating yourself and challenging yourself. I challenge you to be the smart, agile leader we will need for the “interesting times” in which we live.

Kelly Schloesser, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Carlisle Barracks recognizes volunteers

Col. Thomas Torrance congratulates spouse Heike Juzukonis for her work with the Carlisle Barracks Spouses Club at the Volunteer Recognition Ceremony May 14. Photo by Megan Clugh.

Carlisle Barracks volunteers were honored for more than 100,000 hours of service at the annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony on Thursday, May 14 at the Letort View Community Center.  

    "Our volunteer activities are what make the military way of life unique. The efforts of our volunteers help our community, our families and our Soldiers," said Col. Thomas Torrance, deputy commandant.   

    The ceremony included a luncheon, recognition of individual volunteers, a slide-show presentation, and the presentation of a mock check representing the money saved by volunteers. Entertainment was provided by the Carlisle/Shippensburg Band. 

    "This year, volunteers saved Carlisle Barracks nearly two million dollars, a significant part of our budget," said Jeff Hanks, installation volunteer coordinator.  

   Volunteers were honored  for their contributions to both Carlisle Barracks and the surrounding Cumberland County community. Commissioner Barbara Cross spoke on behalf of the county.

    "I have no doubt that your determination and commitment has kept the doors open of numerous organizations in the area," said Cross. "You all continue to help people every day and I can say from experience that there is nothing more rewarding than volunteering."

    Several organizations recognized individuals who continually went “above and beyond.”  Among the individuals honored was Ray Porter, chapel volunteer. 

    "Each week for sixteen years, Ray has shopped for groceries for our weekly prayer breakfast. He has organized, supervised, and assisted the cooking of the food for 40 people. In addition, he serves on the parish council and organizes the annual Faith Fest for over 700 people," said Hanks. 

   With rousing applause, spouse Heike Juzukonis accepted an individual recognition award for her work with the Carlisle Barracks Spouse Club. 
   "She is responsible for the planning of eight luncheons, which includes coordinating vendors, menus, and event speakers, along with decorations and giveaways," said Hanks. 

  Other individuals recognized at the ceremony included Vincent Brazier for the Cumberland County Red Cross, Tina Leidigh and Brianne Brenneman for the Child Development Center, Edward Filliberti for the Carlisle Barracks & Cumberland Valley AUSA, Radesha Dantzler for the BOSS program, Rita Sirel for the Conversation & Culture events, Robert Hume for leading the Cub Scouts Pack 173, Petra Smith for the Thrift Shop, Jacqueline Chicchi for Army Community Services, Nick Mineo for the Bowling Center, William Derr for Retirement Services, and Vicford Forest for the Skills Center.

Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Torrance reflects on 30-year Army career

Col. Thomas Torrance and his wife, Ellen, pose at the International Fellows Farewell Reception for this year’s class. Torrance has been the Army War College Deputy Commandant since July 2006, and will be retiring after a 30-year Army career. Photo by Lizzie Poster.

After a return trip to the Army War College and Carlisle Barracks, Col. Thomas Torrance, USAWC deputy commandant, will retire from a 30-year Army career and return to his Southern roots.

    Torrance, a native of Milledgeville, Ga., and USAWC Class of 2001 alumnus, will host a retirement ceremony on May 29, at 3 p.m. in Bliss Hall. The ceremony will mark the end of a career that started in 1979 as a Field Artillery Second Lieutenant after graduating from Georgia College and State University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. 

    In July 2006, he was assigned as the USAWC’s 48th Deputy Commandant. As the deputy, Torrance was responsible for a number of tasks, each constantly evolving and changing to meet the needs of the school and installation.

    “One of my primary duties is to work to support the commandant and garrison commander to ensure the college is a great place to live, work and learn,” said Torrance.  He was responsible for handling the day-to-day operations, so that the Commandant could focus on the future plans for the next 5, 10, 15 years. 

    Torrance said his time at Carlisle was more than just a great experience for himself but also for his family. He and his wife, Ellen, jumped at the chance to return to the war college, Torrance said. 

    As a student, he didn’t have the appreciation for all that goes on behind the scenes at Carlisle and helps make it the place it is, he said. 

    “When you’re a student, you come to class, go home, study or spend time with your family,” he said. “You don’t really see all the hard work that goes on at all of the different agencies and programs. I now have a much greater appreciation for that.” 

    He went on to say that what makes the Army War College unique is the total family experience available here. 

    “In the DC area or at the other war colleges I don’t think you get the same experience as you do here,” he said. “The youth services, child development center, the chapel or one of the many other programs on post really help make this a great place to live and work.” 

    Torrance expects to miss the camaraderie, seeing the fresh faces and the fun in coming to work each day when he retires. 

    “Carlisle Barracks is like a Norman Rockwell painting,” he said. “Everyone here seems to be where they want to be and love what they are doing.”

   Col. Bobby Towery, currently the USAWC Chief of Staff, will become the 49th Deputy Commandant June 15.

IMCOM release
Auto heat injury prevention    

June 2, 2009 -- We all have daily routines that help keep us on track.  Be extra careful, though, if you have to change any part of that routine.  This is more likely to happen when you, your spouse, or other caregiver who helps with your children, forgets that a child is in the back seat.  This can and does happen when routines are changed or modified.  At other times, you are on your way home and realize you need to stop in at the store and pick up one or two things for dinner.  So, you leave your child unattended, thinking, "I'll just run into the store for a minute." Even cool temperatures in the 60s can cause the temperature to rise well above 110° Fahrenheit inside your car.  These elevated temperatures can be dangerous to children, pets, or other passengers.

    A car's windows act like a greenhouse, trapping sunlight and heat.  A May 2004 report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicated that approximately twenty-five children a year die as a result of being left or becoming trapped in hot vehicles.  "Cars parked in direct sunlight can reach internal temperatures up to 131° F - 172° F when outside temperatures are 80° F – 100° F."  When the outside temperature is 83° F, even with the window rolled down 2 inches, the temperature inside the car can reach 109° F in only 15 minutes.  "Within the first 10 minutes the temperature in an enclosed vehicle will rise an average of 19 degrees or 82 percent of its eventual one hour rise."  In warm weather, a vehicle can warm to dangerous, life-threatening levels in only 10 minutes.

Safety Tips:

  • Teach children not to play in, on or around vehicles.
  • Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle, even with the window slightly open.
  • Always lock a vehicle's doors and trunk - especially at home.  Keep keys and remote entry devices out of children's reach.
  • Watch children closely around vehicles, particularly when loading and unloading.  Check to ensure all children leave the vehicle when you reach your destination.  Don't overlook sleeping infants.
  • Be especially careful if you're dropping off infants or children at day care and that's not part of your normal routine.
  • Place something that you'll need at your next stop for example a purse, lunch, gym bag or briefcase on the floor of the backseat where the child is sitting.  This simple act could help prevent you from accidentally forgetting a child.
  • When you get home, bring your child/infant inside the house first and then carry in the groceries or other items so that you don't get distracted inside the house and forget your little one outside in the car
  • Leave pets at home when running errands.  They are susceptible to heat injuries too!

Be on alert for cars that might have an unattended child left inside. If you see a child alone in a car, be sure to call 911 immediately and help make sure the child gets out as soon as possible.

Working together, we can keep children safe and summer fun for everyone across the Northeast Region.

Sam Reynolds, U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center
Recognize symptoms, prevent heat injury

The weather forecasters are predicting another hot summer. We already know that July, August and September are the hottest months of the year, so it's best that everyone prepare for the summer's heat.

Each year, heat illness and injury pose a significant threat to Army personnel, both on and off duty. Soldiers are exposed to hot environments during deployments and training events and, when off duty, they and their Families are exposed to the summer heat during outdoor activities.

Between 2004 and 2008, heat-related injuries were diagnosed at more than 300 medical facilities worldwide. However, 14 facilities treated at least 200 cases each and accounted for approximately 60 percent of all cases. Since 2005, rates of heat stroke have been fairly stable, and rates of heat exhaustion have slightly declined. In recent years, annual numbers of hospitalized cases (the most clinically severe) of both heat stroke and heat exhaustion have been stable.

Military activities in hot and humid environments are persistent, significant threats to the health and operational effectiveness of servicemembers. Of all servicemembers, the youngest and most inexperienced are at highest risk of heat related injuries. It is especially important for Soldiers to remember how to protect themselves, their battle buddies and their Families from heat-related injuries. Early recognition of heat injuries is critical to prevent progression to more serious heat injury and death, according to Col. John Campbell, U.S. Army Combat Readiness/ Safety Center command surgeon.

Minor heat illnesses such as heat cramps are the first sign of heat injury and can lead heat exhaustion which can in turn lead to a major heat injury like heat stroke. Heat cramps are painful muscle spasms that occur in the abdomen, arms or legs. They affect those who sweat profusely in the heat and drink large quantities of water, but fail to adequately replace the body's salt loss. Heat exhaustion is the most common heat injury. A person suffering from heat exhaustion still sweats but experiences extreme weakness or fatigue, nausea or headache. An individual suffering from heat exhaustion may have clammy and moist skin, pale or flushed complexion with a normal or slightly elevated body temperature. Other warning signs may include heavy sweating, unsteady walk, dizziness, giddiness, rapid pulse and shortness of breath.

Heat stroke is the most serious heat injury associated with hot environments. It occurs when the body's temperature regulatory system fails and sweating becomes inadequate. The body's only effective means of removing excess heat is compromised with little warning to the victim that a crisis stage has been reached. A heat stroke victim's skin is hot, usually dry with no sweating, red or spotted and their body temperature is usually 104oF or higher. Other warning signs include rapid, strong pulse, mental confusion, throbbing headache, dizziness or nausea. Symptoms can quickly progress to loss of consciousness, coma or seizure. Heat stroke is a medical emergency and can lead to death.

"Leaders and Soldiers must do more than just have water available," said Campbell. "Heat injury prevention is a command and leadership as well as a personal responsibility. Learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of heat injuries and what you can do to protect yourself and your Family."

Additional information and valuable heat injury prevention resources such as posters, videos, and pocket guides are available on the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center's Web site at or through the U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine Web site at




Suzanne Reynolds, Army War College Public Affairs

Blessing ceremony honors attendees of the Carlisle Indian School

Members of the Lipan Apache Tribe pay respect to relatives that once attended the Carlisle Indian School and are now burried in the Carlisle Barracks Cemetery.  Photo by Suzanne Reynolds.

May 16, 2009 - A Native American blessing ceremony was conducted on May 16 at the Carlisle Barracks Cemetery by Richard and Anita Gonzalez, members of the Lipan Apache Tribe. The ceremony to honored and paid special respect to one of their "lost ones" buried here over a century ago.

  "Jack Mather was a boy who was injured in battle along the Texas-Mexican Border in 1877.  He and his sister survived a massacre and were captured by the U.S. Cavalry and then sent to the Carlisle Indian School," said Barbara Landis, Cumberland County Historical Society.

  Mather died in Carlisle on Feb. 5, 1888, and was buried in the Carlisle Barracks Cemetery.  He was lost to his people for over 100 years.

  During the ceremony, the Gonzalez' used water and soil from Las Moras Creek, near Del Rio, Texas, the last place where the young boy lived.

  "Everything has to start and end, that is why we are here," said Richard Gonzalez.  "What you see and what you hear is yours to keep."

 Members of Dickinson College and the Cumberland County Historical Society attended the event, along with Dr. Jacqueline Fear-Segal, author of the book "White Man's Club" which is the first published account of the story of the "Lost Ones."


Gregory Welker, Army War College Public Affairs Office  

Speakers praise service and influence of NCOs 

    Veteran and serving NCOs of the Carlisle Barracks community gather with the USAWC speech competitors. The USAWC speech competition was dedicated to the noncommissioned officer, and each speech included vivid examples of unique NCO contributions that give the US Army 'a competitive edge,' as Lt. Col. Hal Lamberton phrased it. Photo by Charity Murtorff.

    "Sgt. Gardner was an NCO for only a year, but he was a non-commissioned officer for every second, minute, hour, and day of that year," said Col. Fred Johnson in his winning speech at the Army College's 11th Annual Speaking Competition.

    After a lengthy debate among the judges, Johnson was selected as the USAWC "top speaker" in a field of four student contestants. The other speakers were Col. Timothy Stark, Lt. Col. Hal Lamberton, and Ms. Jimmie Vaughn, the only civilian in this year's competition. Speaking in Wil Washcoe Auditorium, the contestants addressed a room filled with fellow students, faculty, staff, and veteran NCOs from organizations across Carlisle Barracks.

    While keeping an overall serious message, Johnson got a laugh out of the audience by telling a story of two Soldiers addressed by their drill sergeant who had asked where their NCOIC was.    

    "They had only been in the Army about a week. They hadn't taken their Army acronyms class yet and didn't know that NCOIC meant noncommissioned officer in charge. The drill sergeant was starting to lose his patience, and said, 'Soldiers, I will give you five seconds to tell me where the NCOIC is.  5 ... 4 ... 3 ….' Then, one Soldier shouts out, I don't know what NCO you see but you're the only NCO I see."

    Stark, who placed in the contest, believes that no other army in the world has better NCOs than those of the US Army. 

    "If you take out our noncommissioned officers, take out our backbone, you will leave our military paralyzed," said Stark,

    Vaughn, who tied for third with Lamberton, said that NCOs should not only be seen as leaders in the field, but also as a person for moral guidance.

    Col. Fred Johnson recalls the quiet, compelling influence of a senior NCO during his award-winning presentation of the USAWC 11th Annual Speech Competition. Photo by Charity Murtorff.

    "You must never take lightly the role and the attributes, the person of the NCO." 

    Lamberton spoke on the level of experience of today's NCO Corps.

    "It takes our NCOs to give our Army a competitive edge. It is the back-to-back-to-back deployments that give our NCOs the experience and leadership skills to give the Army a competitive edge," he said.

    Among the five judges were two NCOs:  Sgt. 1st Class Jason Bowden of the Carlisle Barracks Dental Clinic and Staff Sgt. Kevin Betton of the Carlisle Barracks Chapel.  The judging panel included Deputy Commandant Col. Thomas Torrance, faculty member Dr. Tami Biddle, and Public Speaking faculty member Dr. Anna Waggener.

    "It is always the year of the NCO. That is why we have the greatest Army in the world," closed Johnson.  As the winner, he will be honored with a plaque at graduation, and a cash prize sponsored by the USAWC Foundation.

Army Substance Abuse Office
Summer sense: A parent's guide to teenage parties  

When your teen is giving a party: 

    -Plan the party in advance with your teen so you know who is coming – this will help eliminate the "open party" situation.

    -Set a time limit. Set a definite start and end time, not too long. Consider daytime parties as an alternative to evening ones or plan an activity such as swimming, skating or renting movies, and stick to the time limit.

    -Agree to rules jointly ahead of time – These might include:
        -No drugs, including alcohol
        -No smoking
        -No leaving the party and then returning
        -No gate crashers allowed
        -Lights should be left on
        -Some rooms in your house are off limits

    -Know your responsibilities. The responsible adult at a teenager's party is visible and aware. Remember, it is illegal to serve drugs, including alcohol to minors. You are legally responsible for anything that may happen to a minor who has been served drugs or alcohol in your home. Contact your local police department to inquire about your responsibilities.

    -Have another parent or parents over that night – Other adults are company for you during a long evening and can be a help with problems. Also, if parents have driven teenagers to your house, you might consider inviting them in to meet you, however briefly.

When your teen is a guest:

    -Call the host parent. Make sure that your basic ground rules, such as parental supervision and no alcohol, will be followed before you give consent to attend a party. If your teenager complains that you don't trust him or her, explain that the issue is not one of trust, but rather an issue of parents agreeing to certain ground rules.

    -Check the party plans beforehand with your teenager. Know where your child is going and with whom. When taking your teenager to a party, wait to see that he or she is inside the house. If you don't know the host parents, introduce yourself.

    -Make it easy for your teenager to leave a party. If there is drinking or drug use or any reason that your teenager wishes to leave a party, make arrangements that your child can call you (or a designated adult) and you will come. Remind them NEVER EVER get into a car with someone under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

    -Be up to greet your teen when he or she comes home from a party. This is a great opportunity to discuss and share the evening.

    For more information, contact the Army Substance Abuse Office at 245-4576.

Information provided by: Cumberland-Perry County Drug and Alcohol Commission.


Spc. Jennifer Rick, Army War College Public Affairs Office
NCOs continue to serve after taking off the uniform 

May 26, 2009 – "I will be loyal to those with whom I serve; seniors, peers, and subordinates alike. I will exercise initiative by taking appropriate action in the absence of orders. I will not compromise my integrity, nor my moral courage."

     These words, taken from the Army NCO Creed, still reverberate with those who have served long after they have taken off the uniform and transitioned into the civilian work place.

    Former Staff Sgt. Romayne Leake, transitioned while stationed at Carlisle Barracks, described his decision to support the country and the military as a civilian instead of a Soldier.

    "I was the biggest Army advocate on the base. I took every Soldier I could find under my wing. I counseled, trained, prepped for promotion and worked to retain those who wanted to get out," he said. "Everyone was surprised by my decision to end my career, but it was what was best for my family."

    Family was an important factor for another Soldier, Sgt. George Frame, as he made the decision to move into the civilian world.

    "I enlisted almost six years ago for the guarantee of a stable job. Now, I need a different kind of stability," he said. "I have a family to think about. I want my kids to grow up in a stable environment, without picking up and moving every couple years."

    "It wasn't an easy decision," Frame said. "I had to weigh the pros and cons of everything. Luckily, I was able to land a position here on base."

    Frame recently moved from Anne Ely Hall to Upton Hall working in the Department of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security.

    "I am very happy to be staying here. The people at Carlisle Barracks are the best part, and it's great to be able to still see everyone I've worked with and become friends with while I've been here," he said.

    Carlisle Barracks offers several services for transitioning Soldiers. Frame received assistance from Army Community Service to find and prepare for finding a job.

    "They helped me a lot – from books with a ton of information to creating a federal resume. They helped with the whole process," Frame said.

    Leake also described the transition process.

    "I was blessed with the opportunity to be a part of CSL's military to civilian conversion," he said. "I loved the job I was doing here at Carlisle. Now, I am still involved with the Army and work with an organization of people that I love."

    "I rolled right back into the same seat I sat in as an NCO weeks before, and basically continued to operate as Staff Sgt. Leake until everyone got accustomed to it. It was a very smooth transition," he continued.

    Both Soldiers were well-received as they shifted from military to civilian leadership roles. 

    "Most people were very supportive as I went through this. There were some people that feel I should have continued my career in the Army. Most were happy for me though, and everyone in Upton Hall has welcomed me with open arms," Frame said.

    "The Army really prepared me for the position I'm in now," Frame said. "I have the drive to take care of Soldiers and civilians, and I am going to do my best to help anyone who needs assistance."

    Leake echoed his thoughts on using Army-learned skills in his civilian career.

    "I was fortunate enough early in my career to see good and bad leadership in the NCO Corps, so I felt I knew what the Soldiers and the Army needed," he said. "I felt there weren't enough of the good ones around the Soldiers I was leading, so I really stepped up, and I'm still using those skills as a civilian."

    "After doing 6 years of field work and working until the job was done to standard," he continued, "I was more than ready to bring that work ethic into the civilian world."

Child care available during Commandant's Reception, Graduation

Child, Youth and School Services will have extended hours during the Commandant's Reception June 2 from 5 to 9 p.m.Children ages infant to preschool will be at the Moore Child Development Center and children age 5 to 18 will be at Youth Services. Snacks will be provided.

    A babysitter list is provided for those who prefer to keep children at home. The list must be signed for by a student of faculty member.

    The Moore Child Development Center will open at 8 a.m. on June 6 child care during the Army War College Resident Graduation. Children must be 8 weeks to 5 years old, and must be registered at the CDC in advance. The cost will be $3.50 an hour per child.

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The Army launched an official blog portal in mid-April, and an Army fan page on Facebook.         

     Now, at Carlisle Barracks, you can access Facebook and other specific social media sites via the NIPR network here. Senior Army leaders recognize the opportunity to tell the Army story, and disseminate strategic, unclassified information through multiple media, to include --            

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Kelly Schloesser, Army War College Public Affairs  

Admiral Mullen discusses topics of international importance with USAWC students

May 29, 2009 - Nuclear weapons, the future of Afghanistan, troop morale, and strategic leadership were some of the wide-ranging topics discussed on May 28 at the Army War College's Bliss Hall during a briefing to the resident class by Admiral Michael G. Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff.

    With every service represented in the audience along with 42 international fellows and members from civilian organizations, Mullen addressed numerous topics of overall strategic importance for both the United States and the international community.

    "I think this is a wonderful capstone to our year-long process of learning strategic thinking," said Col. Scott Main, student.

 Admiral Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, discusses the future for the military in Afghanistan and the importance of regional partners during his briefing to the USAWC resident class on May 29. Photo by Megan Clugh.    

    "I was really interested to hear his thoughts on senior leadership and the strategic direction the military is going, both here and abroad, for the next few years," said Main. 

    In his current position, Mullen serves as principal military advisor to the president, the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Council and the Homeland Security Council. 

    "After a year of studying strategic issues, the interagency, and the relationship between the Department of Defense and civilian organizations, I can't think of a better guest speaker to end our year with than the one individual who is responsible for advising our senior civilian leadership," said Col. Pat Terrell, student.

    During the briefing, Mullen discussed the military's role in Afghanistan and the importance of regional partners, especially Pakistan. Students took advantage of the chance to ask questions about the path the military would take the next few years.

    "The chairman definitely gave us a perspective on the geo-political level, one that includes many important players to move forward in the region," said Lt. Col. Neil Fitzpatrick.    

    Facilitating relationships and working long-term with both India and China were also noted to be important part of the overall strategy in Afghanistan.

    "He put a lot of emphasis on the future, making the right decisions, and working with the right people so that 100 years from now we won't look back with regret," said Wayne Smith, student.  

    It became clear for many students that operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan are clearly the priority for the military, as well as having previous experience in the region.

    "He placed a lot of emphasis for the need of experienced leaders in Afghanistan, which is different from how we approached Iraq or how we were operating in Afghanistan a couple years ago," said Lt. Col. Lynne Owens, student.   

     Leadership and the need for strategic thinkers were both echoed throughout the discussion.

    "It's all about leadership," said Col. Tom Donovan, student.  "Good leadership from all levels is necessary for success."

    "He really put an emphasis on what we studied here at the war college and you could tell he is looking forward to the future and helping our troops and families," said Col. Debra Hanneman. 

    With graduation fast-approaching next week, many students noted that the opportunity with the chairman was the perfect ending to their year at the war college.

    "It's a great conclusion to our year here," said Col. Ken Tatum, student. "We have now been in a joint educational environment for a while now and it's very fitting that our final distinguished speaker to be the leader for all the services."