Banner Archive for June 2012
The Army Heritage Center Foundation to conduct Groundbreaking Ceremony for additional infrastructure
  The Army Heritage Center Foundation is proud to announce a groundbreaking ceremony will take place on Jun. 28 at 8:30 a.m. at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC).  Representing the Army at the ceremony will be Maj. Gen. Anthony Cucolo, commandant of the U.S. Army War College and Col. Matthew Dawson, director of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.
  The ceremony will serve as the formal start of an infrastructure and site improvements construction project to support current needs and future expansion of the USAHEC Visitor and Education Center. 
  The infrastructure improvements will include the construction of a third parking lot to accommodate visitors and researchers; completion of a storm water management system to protect the nearby LeTort Spring Run; and the creation of event plazas in front of the Visitor and Education Center and between Ridgway Hall and the Visitor and Education Center.  The event plaza adjacent to the Visitors and Education Center will also incorporate Soldiers Walk, an ongoing Foundation program that commemorates Soldiers and their families through engraved bricks and pavers.  The construction, to be completed by R.S. Mowery & Sons, Inc. of Mechanicsburg, will take approximately 90 days.
  All aspects of this construction have been proffered as a donation by the Army Heritage Center Foundation to the United States Army.  Secretary of the Army John McHugh accepted the proffer on May 24, 2012 "to enhance current operations, especially for special events and to facilitate its [USAHEC's] planned expansion."
  Private donations and a grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) are supporting this construction project. 
  RACP grants are administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, and historical improvement projects.  Funds provided through this grant support construction for which the designated project must obtain at least a 50 percent non-state match prior to obtaining access to the state's funds. 
  A project is eligible for RACP funding only if that project has been itemized in an act--such as a Capital Budget Project Itemization Act--passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by the Governor.  The authorization to support the development of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center was contained in the Capital Budget Itemization Act of 2004.  The program is administered through the Cumberland County Industrial Development Authority.

Army War College faculty member named new Superintendent for U.S. Merchant Marine Academy


WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today named retired Col. James Helis, Ph.D., as the new superintendent for the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.  Helis, a 30-year Army veteran, will begin work at the Academy next month after spending the past eight years as a department chair at the United States Army War College.

“Colonel Helis is an ideal fit for the Academy,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood.  “His extensive military and academic experience reflects the Academy’s mission of both training and educating its students to support our country’s maritime needs,and I look forward to working with him to ensure a strong future for Kings Point.”

Since 2004, Helis has led the Department of National Security and Strategy at the U.S. Army War College in Pennsylvania.  During his 30 years in the U.S. Army, Colonel Helis served as an Army Ranger and master parachutist and was a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, where he served as Chief of Plans for the NATO International Security Assistance Force.  His professional foreign travel includes Belgium, Canada, Estonia, France, Germany, Haiti, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Saudi Arabia, and Sweden.

“I am deeply honored and very excited about the opportunity to serve at Kings Point,” Helis said.  “I am eager to join the team of faculty, staff, and most of all midshipmen, all of whom daily live by the values of honor, service, and excellence.”

Helis received his Doctorate of Philosophy in International Relations from Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.  He holds masters degrees from both the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the University of Pennsylvania, and he earned his Bachelor of Science from the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York.

Helis and his wife, Jan, have two sons, Corbin, 22, a 2011 West Point graduate, and Ian, 18, who joins the Kings Point Class of 2016 this summer.

“Thanks to a thorough search process involving faculty, staff, midshipmen, parents and alumni, we have identified a true leader in Colonel Helis,” said Maritime Administrator David Matsuda.  “As Superintendent for Kings Point, he will bring energy and experience to our team and will help ensure that the Academy continues to chart a course for future success.”

The Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration is responsible for overseeing the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, including the hiring of key Academy positions.  As part of the selection process, Colonel Helis also met with a number of midshipmen, faculty and staff from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, as well as alumni and industry leaders.

Chairman's Corner: Civil-Military Relations and the Profession of Arms

By Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

WASHINGTON, June 25, 2012 - I talk about the importance of "trust" at every opportunity. Trust is the cornerstone of our profession. It binds us with those we serve-the American people and the elected officials who represent them. This trust relationship cannot be taken for granted. We must continually earn and re-earn it every day.

One way we earn this trust is by avoiding partisan activities. I wrote about this in a recent Joint Force Quarterly article. We must understand why our military as a profession embraces political neutrality as a core value. We show fidelity to the Constitution every day by embracing this foundational principle. We are not elected to serve; rather, we elect to serve.

Of course, we are all entitled to our private and personal opinions. And, I know we all take our obligations as citizens seriously. No uniformed member should ever feel constrained in their well-earned right to vote.

The uniform, however, brings its own obligations. All those who actively wear the uniform should be familiar with the regulations that guide political activity. The lines between the professional, personal?and virtual?are blurring. Now more than ever, we have to be exceptionally thoughtful about what we say and how we say it.

In my judgment, we must continue to be thoughtful about how our actions and opinions reflect on the profession beyond active service. Former and retired service members, especially Generals and Admirals, are connected to military service for life. When the title or uniform is used for partisan purposes, it can erode the trust relationship. We must all be conscious of this, or we risk adversely affecting the very profession to which we dedicated most of our adult lives.

I welcome your thoughts on this topic. To gain additional perspective, I commend to you a speech given in May 2006 by Gen. Charles G. Boyd, USAF (ret.) at Air University, available at

Carlisle Barracks Army Wellness Center set to open in July

by Lt. Col. Mark McCann

Carlisle Barracks Army Wellness Center staff members work with a state-of-the-art ultrasound device that measures body composition as part of their preparation for opening the Center in July (U.S. Army Photo). 

CARLISLE BARRACKS, Pa. – Jun. 22, 2012 – The Carlisle Barracks Army Wellness Center, set to begin operations in July, marks another important milestone in the Army’s campaign to improve the well-being of Soldiers, family members, retirees and Army civilian employees.

Army Wellness Centers complement care of primary care physicians at installation medical treatment facilities, according to the U.S. Army Public Health Command.  The centers provide health promotion services and education tailored to meet individual patient needs. 

“We are moving from a health care system to a system of health by taking a patient-centered approach,” said Col. Stephanie Wilcher, commander of the Dunham Army Health Clinic here. “It is a system of care tailored to meet individual needs through a holistic approach to health care with a heavy emphasis on prevention.”

Primary care managers will offer advice on preventive care based on a patient’s environmental and genetic risk factors to develop comprehensive care plans, and wellness centers will help patients make healthy lifestyle decisions by providing access to resources through state-of-the-art fitness testing, healthy nutrition advice, stress reduction using biofeedback, fitness programs and health education. 

The Wellness Center staff work in partnership with primary care managers to share information and develop comprehensive plans to address lifestyle changes that can improve client health and fitness.

Wilcher envisions the Army Wellness Center here as a resource individuals can use to invest in personal health by acquiring tools to help live more healthy lifestyles.   

Open to active duty military from all services, retirees, family members, and members of the Carlisle Barracks civilian workforce, individuals may “self-refer” for services or receive a referral from their primary care manager.

Located at 315 Lovell Avenue on Carlisle Barracks, the Center, one of four currently open in the United States, will begin providing services on July 1, and will mark its formal opening with a ribbon cutting some time in September.

In mid-July, the Center will conduct assessment testing and personal wellness plan development for the U.S. Army War College Department of Distance Education’s Second Resident Course, and in early August assessment testing and personal wellness plan development will focus on the U.S. Army War College resident class of 2013.

After student testing and assessments are complete, the Center will open to the Carlisle Barracks civilian workforce and all other military health care beneficiaries.

“From our workforce to our babies, we are absolutely committed to the health of the people we serve,” said Wilcher.

 “The Wellness Center will provide a standardized set of services that give people information about their lifestyle, current health status, and the tools they can use to make positive changes,” said Cory Erhard, director of the Carlisle Barracks Army Wellness Center. He says that they will accomplish this by working with primary care managers to address any issues identified in testing and assessment and then develop individual wellness plans to help clients achieve their goals.”

Erhard, who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology from Penn State University, has experience as a personal fitness trainer and directed the Fitness Department at the Carlisle (Pa.) Area YMCA where his team created wellness programs, including programs addressing childhood obesity and wellness for senior citizens.

“The Army Wellness Center assists the Dunham Clinic in the effective treatment of their patients by tying into the clinic’s Patient Center Home Model,” Erhard said.

This, according to Wilcher, is a multi-disciplinary team approach where the primary care manager and the Wellness Center staff work together to get people healthy by focusing on individual needs and incorporating those needs into a personalized plan for health. 

The Wellness Center staff includes a nurse educator, two health educators and two health promotion technicians, said Erhard. They are trained to teach health education programs, conduct health assessments, administer tests and develop plans to help clients achieve wellness goals.

Carlisle Barracks Army Wellness Center staff members discuss multiple uses of a state-of-the-art ultrasound that measures body composition as they set to open in July (U.S. Army photo).

Wilcher also indicated that the Wellness Center will have a “mobile component” to it, providing educational programs and limited testing services to workforce members at Ft. Indiantown Gap, Pa., the Defense Distribution Center at New Cumberland, Pa., and Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg, Pa.

Available individualized health promotion services will include:  

  • Health Assessment ReviewProvide a quick analysis of health status and risk for disease to determine if an increase in physical activity is safe.
  • Physical Fitness:  Use advanced technology to assess current fitness levels and generate information to customize exercise programs meeting needs and goals.
  • Health Nutrition:   Conduct metabolic testing to enhance healthy eating by synchronizing resting metabolic rate and providing tailored strategies for weight management.
  • Stress Management:  Conduct biofeedback and education in stress relief techniques, positive coping skills, detecting cognitive distortions, and creating good sleep habits.
  • General Wellness Education:  Teach healthy lifestyles, increased resiliency, and preventing chronic disease through healthy living and self-care.        
  • Tobacco EducationAssess readiness to change, discuss options for becoming tobacco-free, and recommend or provide appropriate tobacco cessation education programs.

Claremont Road gate construction June 27-29

Construction will take place on the Claremont Road Gate, Wed-Friday, June 27-29.

Give your attention to directional signs.

ONE LANE ONLY will be open -- for INCOMING traffic only during these hours --

9-11 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m

Wednesday - Friday, June 27-29

DURING THESE HOURS, plan to exit from the Ashburn Gate.

Hot weather safety tips

Extreme heat happens when temperatures are much hotter and/or there is more humidity than normal. The following tips and links will help you and your loved ones stay safe during dangerous heat waves.

• Stay indoors in air conditioning as much as possible.

• Drink plenty of water during the day – don’t wait until you are thirsty!

• Outdoor workers should drink between two and four cups of water every hour while working.

• Avoid drinks with caffeine, alcohol or large amounts of sugar.

• Limit your outdoor activity to mornings and evenings and rest often in the shade.

• Wear light-colored and loose-fitting clothing, a hat, sunglasses and an SPF15 or higher sunscreen.

• Check on those who may be more at-risk from high temperatures like:

o Infants and young children

o People aged 65 or older

o People with chronic medical conditions


• Never leave your children or pets in a vehicle.

• Know the following symptoms of heat stroke, a life-threatening, heat-related illness:

o An extremely high body temperature (above 103°F)

o Red, hot and dry skin (no sweating)

o Rapid, strong pulse

o Throbbing headache

o Dizziness

o Nausea

o Confusion

o Unconsciousness


• If you think someone has heat stroke:

o Call for emergency medical attention

o Get the victim to a shady area

o Cool the person rapidly (put them in a tub of cool water, place them in a cool shower, spray them with a garden hose, sponge them with cool water, etc.)

o Do not give the victim any fluids (like water) to drink


• Know the symptoms of heat exhaustion:

o Heavy sweating

o Paleness (skin is a lighter color than normal)

o Muscle cramps

o Tiredness

o Weakness

o Dizziness

o Headache

o Nausea or vomiting

o Fainting


• Help the victim cool off and seek medical attention if:

o Symptoms are severe

o Symptoms last more than one hour

o The victim has heart problems or high blood pressure


Carlisle Barracks to test loudspeaker system June 20

Carlisle Barracks will test their loudspeaker notification system June 20th at noon. The post will only test the voice capability, not the sirens.

AHEC Employee leaps into emergency situation
  A member of the Army Heritage and Education team reacted quickly to an emergency situation in Carlisle on June 18.
  Richard Baker, a technical information specialist, was traveling on U.S. Route 11, around 12:10 p.m., stopped at the Post Road intersection. 
  Noticing flames erupting from the top of an oncoming garbage truck, Baker pulled through the intersection and stopped adjacent to the truck to warn the driver of the fire.
  Baker then grabbed a fire extinguisher from his vehicle, asked his wife to call 911, and was successful in extinguishing the initial blaze.
  Because of the smoldering conditions however, Baker advised the driver to shut his vehicle down and vacate it.
  Baker then provided traffic control around the vehicle until local emergency responders were on the scene.
  “This isn’t the first time I’ve stopped for emergencies, said Baker.  “My wife doesn’t want to ride with me anymore as such reoccurs on a repeated basis.”
  Baker’s experience as a firefighter comes from 25 years in combined military (USAF) and volunteer fire/emergency services. 
  When asked about carrying a fire extinguisher in his vehicle, Baker responded, “A good scout is always ‘Prepared’.”
  “Once a firefighter, always a firefighter,” said Baker.
  “Rick has also helped with a house fire, and has assisted with other emergency situations locally,” said Army Heritage and Education director Col. Matt Dawson. “He is an old firefighter and these things ‘follow’ him,” he said, adding that Baker seems to always be helping out.

Distance Class of 2013 finally meets face-to-face with peers, USAWC experts

Lt. Gen. William Troy, Director of the Army Staff, spoke to members of the USAWC Distance Education Class of 2013 who came to Carlisle Barracks for the first of two residents phases. The students will complete their studies online and return to Carlisle next summer for their second resident course and graduation.

Make sure to check the USAWC Facebook page and the USAWC YouTube page for photos, videos and more from the two-week course.

June 19, 2012 -- After more than a year of learning together behind computer screens all over the world, more than 350 members of the Army War College Distance Education Class of 2013 came to Carlisle Barracks for the first of two resident courses June 18-29.

The two-week sessions allow students to participate in seminar group sessions, to attend lectures and work with classified material relevant to the course of instruction. Attendance at both scheduled resident courses of instruction is required for successful completion of the curriculum.

“The first residence course really provides a capstone for the first year of studies,” said Col. Darrell Fountain, first resident course director. “We bring in guest speakers who provide a wrap-up on each of the four courses, as well as guest speakers who talk about each element of national power, diplomatic, information, military and economic.”

Guest speakers for the course include Lt. Gen. William Troy, Director of the Army Staff; Amb. Daniel Kurtzer; retired Gen. Michael Hayden; Dr. Richard Betts and Dr. Richard Neu.  

“This is where you can hone the skills that make you value added,” said Troy of the USAWC program. “We need you to be critical thinking advisers and generators of options to complex problems at the strategic level.”

Fountain said that the course ties together all of the strategic themes of the Army War College and prepares them for the second year of studies, including introducing them to  their new seminar mates.

“When they arrive here they are split into the seminars that they will be a part of until graduation,” he said. “This allows them to form relationships here that will carry on during the next year of studies and when they arrive next year for the second residence course.”

The program differs from the resident course in the aspect that it’s a two year program instead of the one year duration for the resident class. Technology overcomes the geographical challenges of students spread around the world.  Instead of mailing in papers, students log onto a secure website and watch videos and guest speakers through Defense Connect Online. The distance education site provides students with primary and supplementary materials and allows students to participate in real-time discussions. This site is the focal point for faculty-student interaction, for viewing multimedia course work, constructing papers, sending course papers, and receiving evaluated work.

Fountain said that the distance education course remains committed to its charter when it was formed in 1960 as the correspondence course.

“We have a responsibility to emulate and parallel the curriculum and educational experience of the residence course,” he said. “The delivery method is different, but the educational experience is the same.”  

USAWC grads in the news June 18

Maj. Gen. Jennifer L. Napper, commanding general, U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command, Fort Huachuca, Ariz., to director of plans and policy, J-5, U.S. Cyber Command, Fort Meade, Md.

Maj. Gen. Gary S. Patton, principal director, military personnel policy, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Personnel Policy, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, Washington, D.C., to director, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, Department of Defense Human Resources Activity, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, Washington, D.C.

Brig. Gen. Lawrence W. Brock III, U.S. Army Reserve, for the rank of major general and for assignment as the commanding general, 335th Signal Command (Theater), East Point, Ga.  Brock is currently serving as deputy commanding general, 335th Signal Command (Theater), East Point, Ga.

Brig. Gen. Lawarren V. Patterson, who has been selected for the rank of major general, commanding general, 7th Signal Command (Theater), Fort Gordon, Ga., to commanding general, Signal Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon, Fort Gordon, Ga.

Carol Kerr, Public Affairs Office
Army War College leadership passes to Maj. Gen. Anthony A. Cucolo III

Maj. Gen. Anthony Cucolo III receives the colors from Gen. Bob Cone, TRADOC Commander, symbolically marking the change of leadership at the Army War College, during a ceremony at the Carlisle Barracks Indian Field June 15.

June 15, 2012 -- The site of hundreds of historic events throughout American history, Indian Field at Carlisle Barracks was punctuated by flags of the states and nations at the change of command for the United States Army War College.

 Maj. Gen. Gregg F. Martin, 48thUSAWC Commandant, passed the colors to Maj. Gen. Anthony A. Cucolo, in a traditional ceremony that signals continuity and change.

Presiding was Gen. Robert Cone, commander of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command.

“In all of our efforts, educating leaders is the most important thing we do,” said Cone about Army priorities.  Building leaders is demanding work, and Martin has spent two years at the center of the effort, he said.

Cone complimented Martin for a successful planning effort that adapted the Army War College.

“Gregg’s effort will position the Army War College as a recognized leader well into the 21stcentury,” said Cone.

Martin has been selected by the Army Chief of Staff to assume duties as president of the National Defense University. The ceremony celebrated the two years during which Martin led a period of transformation that included the Army War College campaign plan; the expanded International Fellows Program; the creation of the Senior Leader Seminar; and the USAWC internal reorganization to meet future challenges with a “whole-of-Army War College” approach.

“Our purpose is our passion,” said Martin, about the USAWC mission to develop, inspire and serve strategic leaders through Professional Military Education.

“Can there be a better investment in our nation’s future than wise, strong leaders who are agile and critical thinkers, effective communicators and collaborators, strategic and ethical decision-makers?” Martin asked. “Can there be a better payoff than a war averted? A conflict shortened?

“Since 1901, this hope has been the guiding principle of the Army War College – “ … not to promote war but to preserve peace.”

Cucolo recognized the Martins’ hospitality and thanked his wife, Ginger, and “three great Army brats,” Tony-Allen, Mackie, and Abbie, who made their home here in one of the infamously small houses of “Smurf Village” during his student days in the Class of 1998.

“Carlisle Barracks, the U.S. Army War College, is the only place in the nation where talented thinkers, researchers and practitioners wake up every day dedicated to advance strategic thought on the global application of land power in the name of U.S. interests,” said Cucolo.

“Our research products have to be bayonet points in the war of ideas. Our graduates must be advisers and solution-generators for today’s most complex strategic problems.

“At a time when the Army and the Joint Team is refocusing on PME, and a time when our strategic problems could not be more complex or have faster impact, there’s no place I’d rather be,” he said.

Commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Infantry in 1979, Cucolo has served 18 of the past 32 years in Infantry and Armor divisions. He commanded two companies, was an operations officer at battalion and brigade level and commanded an Infantry battalion. While in battalion command, he deployed his unit as a combined arms task force to the contested area of Brcko, Bosnia, for the first 11 months of the NATO Implementation Force effort in the Balkans, December 1995 and to November 1996. He commanded the 3rdHeavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rdInfantry Division, at Fort Benning, and was the assistant division commander for the 10thMountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum. While in this capacity, he deployed to Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and served as deputy commanding general CJTF-180, during the 10thMountain Division’s service in Afghanistan from 2003 to 2004.

During 33 months of command of the 3rdInfantry Division and Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia, he deployed the headquarters to Iraq from October 2009 through November 2010, to assume command of U.S. Division-North/Task Force Marne. Responsible for all U.S. forces operating in the seven Iraqi provinces north of Baghdad, Task Force Marne established the Arab-Kurd confidence building operations, supported the Iraqi national election of 2010, executed the significant drawdown of U.S. forces in the summer of 2010, successfully ended Operation IRAQI FREEDOM in northern Iraq and opened Operation NEW DAWN.

He served as director of Force development for Deputy Chief of Staff, G8, at Headquarters, Department of the Army;  and as chief of Army Public Affairs from 2006 to 2008.  As director of Joint Center for Operational Analysis, U.S. Joint Forces Command from 2004 to 2006, he deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, and served with Joint Task Force-Katrina to develop lessons learned from civil support operations after Hurricane Katrina.  His duty on the Joint Staff at the Pentagon, from July 2001 to July 2003, included service in the Strategy and Policy Directorate (J5), the Operations Directorate (J3), immediately after 9/11, and then, again, with J5 as chief of European and NATO Policy.

Cucolo holds an Army War College degree and a University of San Francisco master’s degree in organizational management, and a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Military Academy.

Lt. Col. Mark McCann
Carlisle Barracks celebrates Army Birthday

Retired Staff Sgt. Perry Morse, World War II veteran, Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, USAWC Commandant, Amelia McConnell, Army Child of the Year, Sgt. Charles Posey III, Carlisle Barracks NCO of the Quarter, cut the cake during the The U.S. Army 237th Birthday celebration at the United States Army Heritage and Education Center June 14.


CARLISLE BARRACKS, Pa. – June 14, 2012 – With a loud and thunderous, “Hooah,” and a mighty, but controlled, swing of a 1902 cavalry saber replica, the U.S. Army War College cut a ceremonial cake and celebrated the Army’s 237th Birthday by honoring Soldiers, veterans, and civilians and family members past and present today at the Army Heritage and Education Center.

“You are part of the A-Team for the world,” said Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, USAWC commandant,  to a gathering of Carlisle Barracks community members and visitors at the ceremony.  “Thank you all for being a part of our great Army.”

Martin, who was joined in the cake cutting by World War II veteran Perry Morse, the Army’s 2012 Child of the Year, Amelia McConnell, and Carlisle Barracks’ Noncommissioned Officer of the Quarter, Sgt. Charles Posey III, paid tribute to the courage and valor of Soldiers past and present, and thanked families and members of the total Army team.

“The Army is people, uniformed service members, civilians, families, veterans and retirees,” said Martin. “Once you are in the Army, you are in the Army for life.”

He also paid tribute to the Army’s total commitment to the nation, both during times of war and in peace.

“What you don’t see between those battle streamers on the Army flag are the actions of Soldiers who have done great things for the country outside of war – from disaster relief to humanitarian assistance efforts,” said Martin.

Morse, who served as a tail gunner on a B-24 bomber crew and who flew on 35 missions over occupied Europe during World War II, reflected on his time in the service and talked about being so close to the action. He even recounted one time how he was hit by a can of Spam during a mission, and how his commander joked that such a “wound” would not quite earn him a Purple Heart.  

But Morse, who was only 19 when he entered the service and retired from the National Guard as a Technical Sergeant, when reflecting on what got him through the war, he simply said, ““The good Lord was with me. The Lord and all of my mother’s prayers.” 

Posey, the youngest Soldier present, when asked about what the Army birthday means to him said, “This reminds me about the start of something bigger than me, something bigger than all of us. This helps us remember how it all started. I am proud to serve.”

The celebration also included Dr. Michael Neiberg, a professor of history in the War College’s Department of National Security and Strategy, who talked about the Army on the eve of its entry into World War I.

Chief of Staff of the Army Birthday message

Today, we celebrate the 237th birthday of our Army.


For 237 years, our Soldiers, Civilians and Families have been the strength of our Nation in peace and at war.


Today, America's Army is engaged in nearly 150 countries around the world, on 6 of 7 continents, with over 94,000 Soldiers deployed today

and 94,000 forward stationed. Our Nation depends on its Army to defend the shores of our homeland, defeat enemy forces abroad, and help with

recovery efforts in the wake of natural disasters.


We have the best equipped, best trained, and best led Army in history because of the 1.1 million professional Soldiers who serve in the Active

Army, Army National Guard and Army Reserve, as well as the dedicated service of our Army Civilians. It is our Army's competence,

adaptability, moral character, and resolute commitment that defines us as professionals and guarantees our long-standing sacred trust with the

American people.


I'm proud of your accomplishments, your sacrifice, and your selfless dedication to our Army and to the Nation. Today, on its 237th birthday,

we honor our Army and the remarkable men and women, past and present, who have embraced our Nation's call to service. Army Strong!


Raymond T. Odierno

General, 38th Chief of Staff

United States Army


The Strength of our Nation is our Army

The Strength of our Army is our Soldiers

The Strength of our Soldiers is our Families

This is what makes us "Army Strong!"


Army Birthday Message from LTG Mike Ferriter


ARLINGTON, Va. -- On June 14, 1775, our Nation's leaders established the Continental Army. The hodge-podge of farmers, shopkeepers, tradesmen and scholars of America's Continental Army faced a well-trained, well-equipped professional Army.

The odds were not in our favor. Our Soldiers made up for what they lacked with enthusiastic patriotism and fervent dedication to the ideals of freedom.

This week, as we celebrate our Army birthday, we also celebrate the generations of Soldiers who followed in the footsteps of those colonists who left their homes and embraced our Nation's call to duty. For 237 years, our Soldiers and their Families have been the strength of our great Nation in peace and at war.

The Army is made up of more than the 1.1 million men and women in uniform and 278,000 Army Civilians committed to serving the Nation. Our Soldiers and their Families are supported on installations and in forward deployed areas by civilians, equipped by civilians and transported by civilians.

We have the best equipped, best trained and best led Army in history, and it is because of the professional Soldiers and Civilians who serve in the Army, Army Reserve and Army National Guard who still carry the same patriotism and devotion of the Soldiers of the Continental Army.

Since September 11, 2001, we've been an Army at war - the longest in our country's history -- but it's been our wives and husbands, our children, our mothers and fathers who have shouldered this burden for America. Our Army Families -- 1.4 million strong -- serve side-by-side with our Soldiers, enduring their hardships and providing the unconditional love and support that strengthen the spirit of our Army.

Like the colonists who served in the Continental Army, it is the inspired leadership of our professional all-volunteer Army that makes our Army great. During Army birthday week we thank every Soldier, Civilian and Family member in our ranks, past and present, for their dedication to duty and selfless service. Thank you and Happy 237th Birthday to the United States Army!


Joe Calderon, Carlisle Barracks Safety Office
June is National Safety Awareness month

June marks the beginning of summer and National Safety Awareness month.  The U.S. Army has teamed up with the National Safety Council to promote safe behavior around leading causes of preventable injuries and fatalities.  Senior leadership is asking Soldiers, Family members, and DA Civilian employees to reaffirm their commitment to safety.

Leaders are encouraged to use National Safety month as a platform to improve safety awareness during the last fiscal quarter of the year, historically marked as the deadliest time for off duty fatalities.  While privately owned vehicles and motorcycle accidents are the number one cause of Army fatalities, summer and water related fatalities have been progressively increasing each year.  According to Brig. Gen. William T. Wolf, director of Army Safety and commanding general, U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center, indiscipline is a leading cause of Soldier fatalities, particularly on America’s highways.   “Privately owned vehicle and motorcycle accidents are the number one accidental killer of our Soldiers,” said Wolf. “The fact that indiscipline is entirely and easily preventable only compounds the tragedy of these losses.”

With emphasis placed on National Safety Month, Leaders must continually be proactive throughout the year when it comes to safety.  “Safety is a day to day commitment and responsibility,” said Wolf.  For more information on National Safety Month and Army Safety, visit

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SUMMER SENSE CAMPAIGN: Prescription RX and Over The Counter Abuse

Army Substance Abuse Program


Teens are abusing some over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, such as cough and cold remedies, to get high. Many of these products are widely available and can be purchased at supermarkets, drugstores, and convenience stores. Many OTC drugs that are intended to treat headaches, sinus pressure, or cold/flu symptoms contain the active ingredient dextromethorphan (DXM) and are the ones that teens are using to get high. When taken in high doses, DXM can produce a "high" feeling and can be extremely dangerous in excessive amounts.

Over-the-counter drug abuse also occurs with laxatives, diuretics, emetics, and diet pills, as teens try to achieve an idealized weight.1Young people may start taking just a few diet pills but then graduate to full addiction and dependence. Ephedrine, caffeine, and phenylpropranolamine are just some of the dangerous and addictive substances found in diet pills. Herbal, sometimes referred to as "natural", weight loss products can be just as dangerous as diet pills. All of these substances act as stimulants to the central nervous system and much like speed, can have serious and potentially fatal side effects.2



A recent study found that six percent of 12th graders reported past year abuse of cough or cold medicines to get high.3That amounts to about one in every 16 high school seniors



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. Become familiar with your communities DEA National Medication Take Back events.



            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


For additional information on proper medication disposal visit


Medication Take Back Event will be held in the fall of 2012. Watch for details or contact the Prevention Office at 245-4576.





Harrisburg City Islanders Soccer to honor Military Personnel


  Military personnel will be honored at the Harrisburg City Islanders Soccer Military Appreciation Night, Saturday, Jul 7.  Gates open at 5:30 p.m.; kick off at 7 p.m. 

  Harrisburg City Islanders vs. Antigua Barracude FC at the Skyline Sports Complex on City Island, Harrisburg.  Admittance is Free to all military personnel (present military ID).

  For more information call 717-441-4625 or visit their website:



TRADOC welcomes new deputy commanding general

June 5, 2012

By Amy L. Robinson

FORT EUSTIS, Va. -- U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command welcomed its 21st deputy commanding general -- and the second to its new headquarters on Fort Eustis, Va. -- in a change of responsibility ceremony June 4.

Gen. Robert W. Cone, commanding general of TRADOC, hosted the ceremony where Lt. Gen. David Halverson, who was promoted just hours earlier, assumed responsibility from Lt. Gen. John E. Sterling Jr., who retired after 36 years of service.

"What a great day for our Army," Cone said. "It's a tremendous privilege for me to take part in this change of responsibility and retirement ceremony as we bid farewell and thank Jack and Cathy Sterling for their leadership and service and we welcome another outstanding team to Fort Eustis -- Dave and Karen Halverson."

Halverson, who previously commanded the Fires Center of Excellence at Fort Sill, Okla., said he's both humbled and excited to continue to be a part of TRADOC.

"I've been with the TRADOC team for 33 months as the commander of Fort Sill, and I'm just excited to continue to serve TRADOC and our Army in this capacity," Halverson said in a recent interview. "What TRADOC provides to our Army is just tremendous, so I look forward to ensuring that we -- as a team -- continue to provide those capabilities."

Although he acknowledged that providing those capabilities can be challenging at times -- especially in today's fiscal environment, the new DCG said that the key to overcoming these challenges is trust and leadership.

"We're going to have trying times, and we have to know that your leaders are here to take care of you, and your Army's here to take care of you and your families," Halverson said. "Will we have to reshape? Will we have to readjust? Yes, but have trust in your leaders, have trust in your Army, and have trust in TRADOC, and you'll accomplish these missions and you'll do them well."

Teamwork is also important to mission success, according to the Babbitt, Minn., native, a die-hard Twins, Vikings and Wild fan who earned the nickname "the Swede" during his time on the ice hockey team at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

"It's really important to be part of a team," Halverson said, explaining that the key to a good team is pride -- pride in one's self and pride in one's team. "I know that in TRADOC, we have a great team, and we have a lot of pride, and I know we'll continue to do the great things that our Army and our nation ask us to do."

In continuing to serve the Army for more than three decades, Halverson's assignments have taken him --and his family -- throughout the world. From being a senior military analyst in Panama to being the Central Command J-3 chief of plans who planned, coordinated and executed war plans for Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, and he credits the Army with his leader development.

"Our Army is very good in leader development and postures one for success," he said. "I've had many great opportunities and experiences in my career to date, and when I look back, our Army has provided me a great foundation to handle some of the complex challenging issues our Army faces today."

Regardless of the issues the Army faces today, Halverson said the decision he made at age 17 -- following in the footsteps of his father, a World War II veteran, and his uncles, World War II and Korean War veterans -- is one of the greatest decision he's ever made, and it has been an honor to serve.

"That's why I look forward to serving TRADOC and the Army still -- after what's coming up on about 33 years of service. It's just a real privilege to serve and lead in the Army."

Chandler visits TRADOC, discusses Army professionalism during conference

June 7, 2012

By Sgt. 1st Class Kelly Bridgwater, TRADOC

Learning Model to begin fiscal year 2015

June 8, 2012

By Tatjana Christian, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command

Future Games gives leaders tools to chart Army's future

June 8, 2012

By Sgt. 1st Class Raymond J. Piper

TRADOC honors legendary commanding general in building dedication ceremony

June 11, 2012

By Senior Airman Jason J. Brown 633rd Air Base Wing Public Affairs

New issue of Army Echoes out

Echoes updates Retired Soldiers, surviving spouses, and their Families on their benefits and entitlements, developments within the Army, and how they can support the Army in their civilian communities. Find the latest issue here

Gen. Lloyd J. Austin, III, Army Vice Chief of Staff, addresses the U.S. Army War College Class of 2012 during their graduation ceremony at Carlisle Barracks, Pa., on June 9 (U.S. Army photo)

Army War College Graduates Set to Shape Future


Gen. Austin’s graduation remarks and a highlight video can be viewed at Graduation photos can be viewed at For more information about the U.S. Army War College, visit the website at

Photos of every graduate can be found            here           

By Lt. Col. Mark McCann, Army War College Public Affairs

CARLISLE BARRACKS, Pa. – Jun. 9, 2012–When then-Maj. Dwight D. Eisenhower graduated first in his U.S. Army War College class in 1928, he went on to gain a reputation as a trusted and respected advisor whose counsel was sought by many senior military and civilian leaders of his day.

Eisenhower went on to help shape an Army and a strategy that would lead the Allied powers to victory in World War II.


In recounting the story of Eisenhower, Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, Army Vice Chief of Staff, told graduates of the Army War College class of 2012, “With the knowledge you have gained here, you will make significant contributions. Your time here has prepared you for the challenges you will face in the future.”

More than 360 senior U.S. and international military officers and civilian leaders were recognized here today during the graduation ceremony for their academic achievements and professional excellence.

“Now is the time for action and to determine how you will make the rest of your lives count,” said Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, commandant of the Army War College.  “Continue this investment in yourselves as you leave here.”

Graduates who complete course requirements during the 10-month resident education program in a curriculum focused on national defense, military science and responsible command earn a Master’s of Strategic Studies degree. 

“Your goal as Army War College graduates is to be considered as an invaluable commodity in your units and your organizations,” as Austin spoke about how many senior leaders seek counsel and advice from the graduates here.

Among the many things the War College prepared graduates for, Austin, a 1997 Army War College graduate, indicated they now will be counted on to lead organizations, advise senior strategic leaders, and shape the future of our armed forces.  

“Your responsibility is to help strategic leaders develop the best courses of action, to think critically, challenge assumptions, and push for better solutions,” he said. “Expand your aperture, think strategically, and serve as the bridge between strategic leaders and the operational and tactical world.

“We will look to you to lead our formations through some challenging times,” he continued. “During this period of transition, the responsibility to maintain a strong, capable force will rest on your shoulders.”

Austin also challenged graduates to retain the lessons learned from the past 10 years of conflict and to maintain the many joint and international friendships they developed here.

“We have taken great care to ensure that many lessons learned are reflected in doctrine, training, and education,” he said.  “And the relationships you have formed here are important because you will call on them in the future.”

This year’s class included 67 International Fellows representing 66 different nations. Since the International Fellows program’s inception in 1978, more than 1,200 international officers from 115 different countries completed the resident program, with several going on to serve in the highest positions of their nations’ armed forces.

But Austin also cautioned graduates to, “Guard against becoming victims of your own experience.

“Do not prepare for the last fight. Prepare for the next one,” he said.

And as some graduates prepared for the challenges ahead, they took a moment to reflect on their experience here at the Army War College.

“I’m pretty overwhelmed now,” said Marine Corps Reserve Lt. Col. Curtis Mason. ”Looking at the long list of graduates I find it hard to believe to be counted among them. I’m looking forward to applying what I have learned here.”

Mexican Brig. Iram Moreno-Gutierrez, an international fellow in the class said, “There are a lot of things to reflect on and be proud of. This year has not only been useful for my career, but also from the context of family and personal growth.”

Army Lt. Col. George Milton said, “This has absolutely been one of the best experiences of my life. It is a most amazing school to have been a part of, and I consider myself to be very well-prepared to take on my next assignment at EUCOM.”

In closing, Austin said, “I challenge you to take what you have learned here and apply it to the benefit of your organization and the nation.

“The decisions you make and the advice you provide to senior leaders will have significant consequences for the long-term security and stability of our nation.”

Class of 2012 details

The 368 graduates of the U.S. Army War College Class of 2012 include officers from the Army (166), Navy (15), Air Force (25), Marine Corps (15), Coast Guard (1), Army, Air Force and Marine Corps Reserve and National Guard (54), senior civilians from eight federal agencies (25), and 67 International Fellows representing 66 different nations. 

About the Army War College

The U.S. Army War College was established in 1901 “not to promote war, but to preserve peace,” by developing, inspiring and serving strategic leaders for the wise and effective application of national power in a joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational environment, emphasizing development and employment of land power.  The college educates more than 1,000 officers annually in its resident and distance programs and specialty courses for strategists and strategic leaders.

With the graduation of the resident Class of 2012, more than 26,000 students have graduated from the U.S. Army War College. Distinguished graduates include President Eisenhower, Army Generals Pershing, Bradley, Patton, Taylor, Lemnitzer, Ridgway, Gruenther, Clark, Abrams, J. Lawton Collins, Schwartzkopf, Joulwan, Shalikashvili, Sullivan, Reimer, Tilelli, Bramlett, McCaffrey, Crouch, Hartzog, Griffith, Luck, Maddox, Peay, Franks, Odierno, Austin, and Thurman; Air Force Generals Myers, Kenney, McNarney, and Vandenberg; Marine Corps Generals Cates, Hart, Holcomb, and LeJune; Admirals Halsey, Pratt, Hart, Oldendorf, and Dunford; and Ambassadors Davies, Troxel, Underhill, Dickman, Davis, Countryman, and Bullington.

USAWC grads in the news June 8, 2012

The chief of staff, Army announced the following assignments:


Maj. Gen. Mark J. MacCarley, U.S. Army Reserve, deputy commanding general, First Army, Rock Island, Ill., to deputy chief of staff, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.


Maj. Gen. William E. Rapp, deputy commanding general-support, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan, Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan, to chief, legislative liaison, Office of the Secretary of the Army, Washington, D.C.


Brig. Gen. Leslie J. Carroll, who has been selected for the rank of major general, U.S. Army Reserve, commander, 4th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), San Antonio, Texas, to deputy chief of staff, U.S. Army Forces Command, Fort Bragg, N.C.


Brig. Gen. James V. Young Jr., who has been selected for the rank of major general, U.S. Army Reserve, deputy chief, Army Reserve, Office of the Chief, Army Reserve, Washington, D.C., to chief of staff, U.S. Army Reserve Command, Fort Bragg, N.C.

2012 Writing and Research Student Award Winners

By: Tyler Davis

Fifty years ago this week Col. Francis J. Kelly graduated from the U.S. Army War College as a member of the class of 1962. At the 2012 War College graduation ceremony he will be honored with a writing award named after him, the Col. Francis J. Kelly Counterinsurgency Writing Award. His daughter, Moira Kelly, a new member of the National Security Seminar, will attend the graduation and award ceremony to see the first presentation of the award.

Army Lt. Col. John Maier, Army Fellow at Tufts University, awarded the Army War College Foundation Colonel Francis J. Kelly Counterinsurgency Writing Award for the essay, “Applying counterinsurgency Doctrine as a Strategy to Defeat the Mexican Cartels.”

 Maier was one 24 students from the 2012 U.S. Army War College graduation class will receive awards for their work throughout the year. These students have won various awards across 17 different competitions involving writing, speaking and research.

This year’s award winners represent the U.S. Air Force, Marines, Army, Army Reserves and Army National Guard, as well as three International Fellows from the German, Spanish, and Australian Armed Forces. The following members of the USAWC class of 2012 will be recognized for their award winning work during the USAWC graduation ceremony on June 9.

Army Lt. Col. Lawrence Brown, awarded third place for the 2012 Secretary of Defense National Security Essay Competition for the essay, “Restoring the ‘Unwritten Alliance’: Brazil – US Relations.”

Lt. Col. Brown offered some insight into his research.

 “Brazil was considered as the United States of South America by President Theodore Roosevelt and Secretary of State Elihu Root. Brazil was considered as a equal brother then – a young republic with colonial roots and expansive lands just like the emerging United States.”

Army Col. Diana Holland, Army Fellow at Georgetown University, awarded third place for the 2012 Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff National Defense and Military Strategy Essay Competition for the essay, “Democracy Promotion in Oman.”

 “I picked the topic ‘Democracy Promotion in Oman’ because I thought it would be interesting to write about a part of the world that is vital to our strategic interests but with a policy recommendation completely distinct from the military element of national power, “ said Holland. “Such a perspective was perfectly suited to my fellowship at Georgetown University.”

Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin and Australian Col. Michael Prictor

The Army War College Foundation Award for Outstanding Strategy Research Paper has multiple awardees: Army Lt. Col. Kurt Schosek, for the research paper “Military Cyberspace: From Evolution to Revolution;” Australian Army Col. Michael Prictor, for the research paper “Regional Problems: East Timor and Solomon Islands;” German Army Col. Jens-Olaf Koltermann, for the research paper “Citizen in Uniform: Democratic Germany and the Changing Bundeswehr;” and Army Lt. Col. Eric Flowers, for the research paper “Leveraging the Security Development Nexus in East Africa.”

Lt. Col. Schosek delved into the crux of his research, saying, “I was impressed with cyberspace complexity and the inability to craft a “silver bullet” solution. I began my research with, what I though, were some simple, feasible solutions. The more I researched the more I came to realize my initial solutions were neither simple nor feasible.”

“After 33 years in service I thought I knew a lot about the topic,” said Koltermann about his essay on the changing Bundeswehr. “ But while digging deep into it I was surprised how little I knew.”

“I feel it is important for strategic leaders to contemplate new ways of doing things in a post-Cold War environment during an era of declining resources,” said Flowers about his essay on security development in East Africa.  

Army Lt. Col Jacob Kulzer, awarded the Army War College Foundation Public Speaking Competition Award for the speech, “Strategic Security: Recruiting and Retaining America’s Best.”

Army Col. Stephen Elle, awarded the Army War College Foundation Anton Myrer Strategic leadership Writing Award for the essay, “Breaking the Toxic Leadership Paradigm in the U.S. Army.”

“The primary reason I elected to research and write on the topic toxic leadership is that I had personally experienced the displeasure of working for several toxic leaders,” said Elle. “I was interested in trying to offer ways the Army might weed these dysfunctional leaders from its ranks.”

Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin and Col. Harold Hinton

Army Col. Harold Hinton, awarded the Col. Don & Mrs. Anne Bussey Military Intelligence Writing Award for the essay, “The EU Emissions Trading Scheme: A Challenge to U.S. Sovereignty.”

Col. Hinton noted the importance of economic security of the U.S., and the relationship it has with national security. Hinton also mentioned that his topic is not related to the military.

“I chose to pursue a non military-related subject to broaden my view of the elements of power and look at policy options with an interagency focus,” said Hinton.

Marine Corps Lt. Col. Wayne Bunker, awarded the Dr. John D. Conroy Jr. Teaching Strategy Group writing Award for the essay, “U.S. Arctic Policy: Climate Change UNCLOS and Strategic Opportunity.”

Lt. Col. Bunker reiterated the importance of a U.S. presence and the need for multinational support in the arctic region.

 “The uncertainty surrounding the rate and long-term forecasts of icecap recession in the Arctic region requires solid policy and deliberative preparation to ensure U.S. interests are met,” said Bunker. ”U.S. leaders must invest in the Arctic infrastructure and in icebreakers, despite their considerable expense and long lead time.  The Arctic is clearly a region that requires a joint, interagency and multilateral effort to support U.S. — and global — security interests.  The United States cannot afford further delay.”

Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin and Lt. Col. Desmond Reid Jr.

The Military Officer Association of America (MOAA) Writing Award has multiple awardees: Marine Corps Lt. Col Desmond Reid Jr., for the essay “Cyber Sentries: Preparing Defenders to Win a Contested Domain,” and Army Col. Jonathan Neumann, for the essay “A Legion Apart.”

“I think the topic of Cyber Training is critical because as in any of our professional military endeavors, our People are our most precious asset; their ability to operate creatively, competently and competitively in the cyberspace domain is the key to protecting our military networks and facilitating command during future operations,” said Reid.

Marine Corps Lt. Col Daniel Canfield, awarded the Col. & Mrs. T. F. Bristol Military History Writing Award for the essay, “Understanding British Strategic Failure in America 1780-1783.”

Army Col. Robert Bailes, awarded the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Institute for Land Warfare Award for the essay, “Commanding in Chief: Strategic Leader Relationships in the Civil War.”

“Early in our academic year, the War College Faculty stressed the importance of history and issued the challenge, "if you want to find a new answer to a problem, read an old book."  I decided to take them up on the challenge by searching for insights into the modern problems of civil-military relations through the lens of the American Civil War,” said Bailes. “The vast collection of resources available at AHEC and the incredible expertise of their research staff made the journey a tremendously valuable learning experience and a highlight of my Army War College experience.” 

Army Col. Ian Corey, awarded the Military Order of the World Wars Writing Award for the essay “Citizens in the Crosshairs: Ready, Aim, Hold Your Fire?”

“Targeted killing is an important and domestically popular tactic in the U.S. war on terror. Last year’s targeted killing of a U.S. citizen generated considerable controversy, however,” said Corey. “I sought to demonstrate that while international and domestic law appear to support our government’s ability to lethally target U.S. citizens, the government must demonstrate greater transparency and accountability to maintain the viability of this contentious and sensitive practice.”

Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin and Lt. Col. Brian Scott

Army Lt. Col. Brian Scott, awarded the U.S. Military Academy’s William E. Simon Center for the Professional Military Ethic (SCPME) Writing Award for the essay “Broadening Army Leaders for the Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous Environment.”

“Success in future military operations will require leaders who, before the "first battle," have a depth of experience within and understanding of Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multi-National partners,” Scott said about his essay.

Army Lt. Col. Cheryl Phillips, awarded the Armed Forces Communications-Electronics Association (AFCEA) Writing Award, for the essay “Toward a Theory of Strategic Communication: A relationship Management Approach.”

 Phillips elaborated on the importance of the main issues highlighted within the essay.

 “It is important for the U.S. government to get back to basics and take a theoretical approach to the profession of strategic communication,” Said Phillips. “The current message-influence model is ineffective. Instead, strategic communication policy makers, leaders and practitioners should use the relationship management theory of strategic communication to achieve mutually-beneficial goals.”

The Commandant’s Award for Distinction in Research is awarded to multiple students as follows: Army Col. Sean Corrigan, Army Fellow at George C. Marshall Center for Security Studies, for the essay “Exploitable Vulnerabilities of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps;” Army Lt. Col. Clark Barrett, for the essay “Finding "The Right Way": Toward an Army Institutional Ethic;” Air Force Col. Peter Flores, for the essay “Reshaping USAF Vulture and Strategy: Lasting Themes and Emerging Trends;” and Spanish Army Lt. Col. Pedro Vázquez de Prada Palencia, for the essay “Back to essentials: Virtues and Character for Strategic Leaders.”

 “I was surprised at the volume and quality of information available in unclassified sources and the audacity of the IRGC leaders in their official statements,” said Corrigan about his research.

Lt. Col. Barrett noted that his research was influenced by previous work.

 “Last year in a journal article about military suicides and PTSD, I described the need to better prepare soldiers for combat from a physical, mental, and moral/ethical, standpoint,” said Barrett. “Dr. Don Snider read and lauded the article but he also pointed out that my description of moral/ethical preparation was a subject deserving of much deeper research and analysis – worthy of SRP study.”

Col. Flores commented further on the importance of the issues represented within his research.

“The American defense establishment is under enormous pressure with respect to the resources the nation is willing to invest in defense and the wide array of missions it is being asked to prepare for,” said Flores. “Studying and understanding the strengths and weaknesses of our culture can help us build on the lasting truths we hold dear while simultaneously allowing us to better adapt to an uncertain future.”

Lt. Col. Vázquez de Prada Palencia illustrated further the importance of strong, strategic leaders.

“Character was, is and will be the foundation for the behavior of leaders, as many case studies have demonstrated during this course. The current emphasis on psychological and cognitive factors is useful to explain and understand leader's behavior, but in order to educate strategic leaders the study suggest to reorient training and education to strengthen leaders character.”

Army Col. Robert Bennett Jr., awarded the Army War College Alumni Association Lifetime Membership Award.

Congratulations to this year’s student award winners.

From the Commandant: Explore the Space, Lead Change, and Create a Legacy

Farewell to the resident class of 2012 and congratulations to the faculty and staff members who have developed, inspired and served this tremendous set of emerging strategic leaders.

Although Maggie and I hate to leave our beloved Army War College, I will take to my next responsibility as president of the National Defense University a new depth of knowledge and insights. I’ve learned much in two wonderful years of the awesome Army War College experience.

At Convocation last August, I challenged the student body to leverage the Army War College’s capabilities and guidance to develop professionally and personally in preparation for the responsibilities of senior leadership and service at the strategic level.  The nation invested in our students; the Army War College invested faculty, curriculum and seminar processes.  This year represents the gift of time, wisdom, friends, mentors, thinking skills, judgment and confidence.  Equally, this year represents a responsibility to use the Army War College year wisely.

Members of the class of 2012 have risen to the challenge and fulfilled my expectations. I salute the rigor invested in studies, award-worthy strategic research projects,  triumph on the Jim Thorpe Sports Days fields(!), and the genuine ‘win’ of deep-rooted relationships that will sustain and fortify our graduates in the future.

The new challenges of serving at the strategic level will demand all the skills and wisdom acquired through experience and study.  We are at a tipping point, much like the moment faced by Secretary of War Elihu Root at the turn of the last century when he established the Army War College as the first stage in what would be known as the Root Reforms. 

Graduates:  Just as Root relied on his ‘Colonel-of-Steel’ William Harding Carter, so too will strategic leaders look to you to be technically proficient, innovative, and committed to leading change at the strategic and enterprise level.

We will look to you to “explore the space.” Think beyond traditional solutions. Gather a multitude of opinions and insights. Expand possibilities. Innovate. Boldly go in directions we’ve never gone before.

Make this motto your own – “explore the space” to adapt to the strategic leader environment and its unique demands and pressures.  Recreate this year’s individual learning plan through which you identified priorities:  study and research, family and friends, physical and emotional fitness.  Name your priorities. Create strategies for family time.  Re-craft your fitness activities, sleep plan and nutrition plan.  Inject fun into work and home life. If you truly explore the space and plan well, you will thrive in that environment.

Develop for yourself a strategy to develop, inspire and serve your people -– and create a legacy for the profession. Develop the people who will grasp your intent, step up to your challenge, offer innovation, achieve the mission and, ultimately, become the next generation of great senior leaders. Help them to be wise, strong leaders in mind, body and spirit. Guide and inspire them to be built to last with the commitment, passion, and expertise that will enable them to take the baton from you and carry it into the future. Develop a strategy for this and you will contribute to the profession, on behalf of the nation. Develop a strategy for this and your people will become your enduring legacy.


We may one day reflect upon these years as the tipping point for the 21st century.  This time faced by our national leaders is one of complexity and uncertainty – exactly the right time to apply the lessons of the Army War College:  strategic environmental assessment, design and strategic planning, cultural change.

Root established this institution as an engine of change, working through leader development and education.  Now, we have applied our responsibility to be an engine of change, to our own organization. We assessed the USAWC structure, processes, and culture, and determined that our commitment to serve strategic leaders demands a transformation of our own Army War College organization. 

Recent decades have added new institutes and capabilities to the Army War College, each adding to the expertise and strategic reach across the US military, national security community, and international community.  We have ‘explored the space’ and recognized opportunity and mandate to reorganize our critical functions into a wisely streamlined, more agile USAWC 2020 that will help unleash and drive forward our potential and value to our nation and our partner nations in the international security community. 


We teach that strategic leaders are masters of adapting organizational culture, of critical thinking, collaborative problem-solving and courageous decision-making. I trust that by applying those tenets of change leadership, we have triggered a wise path to a bright future for the Army War College and the leaders we will develop, inspire and serve.  


The graduation diploma is a ticket to lifelong ties to the Army War College’s personnel, publications, and the expertise they so willingly share. Ask, and we will respond. Graduation is an iconic moment to reflect on accomplishments; it represents as well the beginning of a new stage of lifelong learning:  read, ask questions, seek alternative perspectives, challenge yourself, challenge others and, explore the space!


We are committing our future to your hands. We are filled with pride for the wisdom and strength of mind and body that you bring to our nation, and the community of nations. We are filled with hope that you will advance the vision of our founding father Elihu Root, “ … not to promote war, but to preserve peace.”


Prudens futuri -- Wisdom and Strength for the Future



                                                                                    GREGG F. MARTIN

                                                                                    48TH Commandant, USAWC

Thomas Zimmerman, Public Affairs
National Security Seminar encourages civilian, military discussions

The keynote speaker for NSS was Lt. Gen. Vincent Brooks, commanding general of Third Army/U.S. Army Central, the Army service component of the United States Central Command. 

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June 7, 2012 -- Approximately 150 citizens drawn from across American life and various fields of endeavor became “new members” of Army War College seminars during the 58th annual National Security Seminar, June 4-7.

The seminar is the capstone event of the 10-month curriculum at the Army War College, the Army’s senior educational institution. Each New Member is assigned to one of 21 student seminar groups and becomes an active participant in seminar discussions, sharing from their own background, experience, beliefs and perspectives on these issues. NSS aims for these representative citizens to get to know some of the prospective leaders of their Armed Forces and, in turn, allows the students to better understand the society they serve.

“Each of you was chosen for what you bring to the table to further the discussion of strategic leadership,” said Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, USAWC commandant, during his welcome to the guests. “Our nation faces very complex issues and challenges and we will all need to work together to find solutions.”

A NSS guest asks a question during the presentation by Brooks. The seminar is designed to serve as the capstone event for USAWC students who will complete their 10-month resident course with a graduation ceremony June 9.

Featured speakers for the week included Lt. Gen. Vince Brooks, commanding general of Third Army/U.S. Army Central, the Army service component of the United States Central Command, who presented an update on the U.S. Army in Afghanistan; Gordon Adams, a professor in the US Foreign Policy Program at the School of International Service, American University, who discussed current U.S. economic conditions; and Norm Ornstein, a political scientist and resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, who talked about the domestic political landscape. 

Brooks discussed a variety of topics during his keynote address including the complex and uncertain environment that will face the USAWC students upon graduation, the ongoing effects of the Arab Spring on the Middle East and the world, the importance of recognizing the interconnected nature of the world and the pursuit of alternate form on energy and its long-term effects on the force.

Adams discussed the challenges facing the Department of Defense in budgeting for national security in an era of resource constraints.
“When you get out of war, your budget is going to go down, history tells us that,” he said. “The challenge is balancing competing requirements for these resources.”

The National Security Seminar also includes an historian-guided Gettysburg Staff Ride and multiple opportunities to discuss several national security issues facing our country today.

     150 “New Members” of Army War College seminar took part in the 2012 National Security Seminar at Carlisle Barracks June 4-7.      



















by Carol Kerr
International Spouses find development, inspiration in the Carlisle Experience

Robyn Prictor, spouse of Australian Col. Michael Prictor, an IF in the USAWC Class of 2012, and Hind Aissa, spouse of Moroccan Lt. Col. El Hassane Aissa, talk about the experience at Carlisle Barracks and the impacts it has had on their lives. photo by Thomas Zimmerman.


June 7, 2012 -- What a difference a year makes. For the International Spouses with the Army War College in Carlisle, the difference is overwhelming -- the lessons enduring.
Hind Aissa’s overwhelming concern about a year in Carlisle was that her sons would lose a year of school at home in Morocco. As it turned out, their learning continued and so did hers. Her son in Middle School learned woodwork, sewing, cooking, and gave presentations in class about Morocco and France. She learned English, photography, and driving, and explored volunteerism.
“When I came here I thought that the only difference would be the language but I met a lot of new people and changed my opinion,” said Aissa. “This is emotional for me now as all the Americans I’ve met ask me for my address. I want to keep these relationships for the rest of my life. This was the best year of my life.”
“The beauty of relationships has gone beyond superficial. We have become familiar and care about each other,” said Aissa, who accompanied her husband, Moroccan Lt. Col. El Hassane Aissa. “We are supported by Conversation and Culture and the Carlisle Barracks Spouses Club. “
“The beauty of the programs here is that we now know and care deeply about each other and we have grown this year as a result,” said Robyn Prictor, spouse of Australian Col. Michael Prictor, an IF in the USAWC Class of 2012. “I know this was an emotional journey for many of us.”
The path through their American year is guided and helped by the International Fellows Program office, especially Beth Woods and the Conversation and Culture program. And, equally critical is the English as a Second Language program, offered downtown, for those who don’t already speak English well.

C&C opens windows for international spouses. The monthly programs introduce American culture; encourages use of English; helps international spouses meet, find common interests, and the creates confidence to explore new ones.
“We’re all women facing the same difficulties, here without family or friends. Conversation and Culture is specially designed for us to support and make sure we got the most out of the experience in the United States,” said Prictor.
“So many dots connect us now,” she said.
“I’ve worked in libraries all my life, mostly with women, but this experience is different,” said Prictor. “What I’ll remember is the sincerity and love I’ve received from so many women.
“I think the War College facilitates this – and it’s whatever Beth has in her magic ball,” she said. Beth constructed the journey and then encourages us to make it ours, she added.
Prictor looked forward to the Army War College year as a change of pace from recent challenging years of her husband’s deployment to Afghanistan and extended separations.
“This was an opportunity to support my husband, Michael’s, studies and growth as an officer, and the pleasure of meeting practically the whole United Nations,” she said, referring to the 66 nations represented by the International Fellows.
Aissa met Robyn Prictor at a Lancaster candy store during a bus tour. “It wasn’t the visit that matters in the long run,” Prictor said. “It was the interactions on the bus. It was those little moments that build friendships. It’s all about little seeds.”
They become friends through a range of new activities, each leading to another experience and another set of friends – like dominos.
“We were at a C&C program at the chapel, when we noted a quilter, Ann Allen,” said Prictor, “I had learned quilting at Fort Bragg when my husband was a helicopter pilot with the 82nd.” One question led to a helping hand and that led to a new group of about 12 quilters, from Bangladesh, Chili, the Czech Republic, among others. They polish English skills as they quilt.
The Carlisle Barracks Spouses Club introduced them to Lunch Club: a group of a dozen or so women who pair up to invite the rest to their homes for lunch, a full-course meal, and all the recipes. Lunch Club creates a virtual smorgasbord of entertaining and menu ideas – but it’s not really about recipes, said Prictor.
“It’s about the friendships,” said Prictor. “It changes your heart. This year, I’ve watched so many women grow and do amazing things.”
One of them was Prictor’s own daughter who took language classes at Dickinson College as part of a special relationship; several adult women took Dickinson classes this year, enriching their American experience by exposure to a prominent example of U.S. college life and academics.
The lessons can surprise, said Aissa.
She’ll remember the Army War College’s spouse development program, Facilitating Leadership And Group Skills, or FLAGS, for helping her better understand herself and better recognize her ability to help others in learning languages. She has lived 20 years in France and enjoys a propensity for language; here she came to see her calling to help by tutoring French.
“Here, I learn to help people -- to volunteer,” she said. “My son volunteers every week at the Farmer’s Market.”
“I am very different, now,” said Aissa. Her family is surprise to hear of her new interest in cooking and in the traditional art of applying henna. “Being here surprised me,” she said.
“I will cherish this forever,” said Prictor. “I’ve never experienced anything like this before and probably never will again.”

You are invited to

a farewell gathering


Maj. Gen. Gregg and Maggie Martin

Monday, June 11, 5-9 p.m. at the Tiki Bar

The Luau-themed event will include food and entertainment at $15 per person.

MWR tickets will be available at the Joint Deli, daily through Monday, from 1130 to 1300, and at the event.

Cash bar will be available.


                                                                              Note: the Commandant has specified, No Gifts.




U.S. and IF Spouses create International Spouses Quilting Group

By: Tyler Davis


Photo by Ann Allen

                A normal meeting of the Culture and Conversation group, a gathering of International Spouses and American Spouses for simple conversation and good company, turned into an opportunity to gain a new hobby when some members discovered the Carlisle Barracks Quilters.

                Introduced to quilting briefly on one of the trips coordinated by the International Fellows Office and sparked by curiosity about the Pennsylvanian hobby, the small group sat in on a meeting of the Carlisle Barracks Quilters. Shortly thereafter the International Spouses Quilt Group was formed by one of the military spouses in the Barracks Quilters group, with meetings held every Monday in her Carlisle home.

                The spouses soon became well versed in the hobby and sought to learn new techniques. They quickly learned how to select the correct thread and fabrics, read complex quilt patterns, and cut and piece together the quilts. They also took lessons in appliqué, a specialized design technique used for quilting designs that contain curves.

                More importantly, the spouses increased their understanding of the English language, picking up new terms related to quilting and sewing, and spending time regularly with local American women for lessons and conversation.

                The group received instruction and guidance throughout the year with several military spouses, community members, and businesses helping the International Spouses with their distinct hobby.

                The International Spouses quilting club is comprised of members from over eight countries including women from the U.S.; Macedonia, Australia, Morocco, Colombia, Chile, Bangladesh, Yemen and the Czech Republic.

                After an adventurous year in the U.S., the International Spouses will soon be returning to their respective countries not only with memories of their time spent here, but with a few new skills.

                “They will also be going home with new friendships and a unique view into the lives and homes of American women who share a now common interest with them, quilting,” said Ann Allen, a U.S. spouse member of the International Spouses Quilting Group.

Reasons why YOU should come to the Army Birthday celebration June 14 at AHEC

Why should you come to the celebration of the Army’s 237th birthday June 14 at 12:30 p.m. at the Army Heritage and Education Center?

·  Special Army Birthday and Flag Day $5 lunch specialsat Café Cumberland:

Cheeseburger, chips, pickle, or

Cup of soup of the day and ½ a sandwich, or

Two hot dogs , chips, pickle. 

·  The birthday celebration is FREE to attend—and the best part is it won’t take more than your normal lunch hour.  

·  There will be BIRTHDAY CAKE, PUNCH AND COFFEE!  --> World War II veteran Perry Morse and Amelia McConnell, Army Child of the Year, will assist the senior officer at the USAWC Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, USAWC Commandant, and the youngest Soldier on Carlisle Barracks,(to be named)  to cut the Army birthday cake. Former SSG Morse was a member of the 44th Bomb group, 506th Squadron in the U.S. Army Air Corps between 1942 & 1945.  He flew 35 air combat missions as a B-24 tail gunner over France, Belgium, Germany, and Norway in 1944.

·  Free shuttle from Root Hall to AHEC from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. No need to lose your great parking space.  

·  You will see a special message from USAWC grad GEN Ray Odierno, Chief of Staff of the Army  

·  Dr. Michael Neiberg, USAWC military historian, will share a short presentation:  “Collars Turned Up: American Doughboys on June 14th, 1917.” Neiberg will put will put personality into a slice of history from June 14, 1917 in a short set of historic comments -- just right for your noontime salute to the Army Birthday.

·  You can celebrate 237 yearsof protecting our nation by the world’s most powerful Army. Come say thank youto active duty and retired servicemembers.

·  The weatherman is calling for sunny skiesand temps around 75 degrees.What better time to come walk the Army Heritage Trailafter the ceremony?

·  The USAHEC gift shop will be open along with all of the USAHEC’s exhibits.  

·  Parking is also FREE.  

Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, General Austin created a Army Birthday Video for all those who contribute to our nation's Army:

By German Col. Jens-Olaf Koltermann
Speech on Memorial Day to Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, Mechanicsburg, May 28, 2012


Ladies and Gentlemen,


It is a great honor and privilege for me as a German officer to speak to the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. I want to share my personal view about how your country has positively changed Germany and how it has influenced my family. I can stand here today only because your veterans fought in World War II. They fought for the freedom of Europe. Your nation was able and willing to fight against the dictatorship of Adolf Hitler. You sacrificed young Americans to create a better world, and your whole nation suffered under the burden of the war. But at the end you succeeded. You helped to create a safer, more secure world in which democracy and well-being can flourish. And you helped to create a democratic Germany which was not easy after the years of Hitler’s dictatorship.

Today on Memorial Day we are honoring those brave men and women who have fallen in the service of this country to keep your country free and to defend freedom in the world.

After World War II you were willing to defend Europe’s newly gained freedom and democracy during the Cold War against the communist threat. Since 1955 more than 12 million American troops have been deployed in Germany to fulfill this task within the NATO Alliance. I was born in 1958. As a young boy, I knew American soldiers before I knew any German soldiers. My friends and I were always out watching the American troops around us. One of our games was to lie in the grass on our backs, counting the fighter aircrafts flying above us. We took great pride in identifying the various types of U.S. military plane.

During World War II my family lost its farm and windmill in Pommern, known by Americans as Pomerania. Our farm was then part of Germany, but it lay within Polish borders. When I was assigned to the Multinational Corps Northeast, I was located in Szczecin, Poland, where my father was born. He could not believe the coincidence. During one of his visits, we made a tour through our family history. The farm and the mill were gone. But we found the millstones and posed for a family photograph at the site. Could any of you veterans imagine such a positive outcome when you fought in Germany? Former enemies like Germany and Poland now work together in a multinational Corps—no border controls are needed! This multinational Corps consists of 12 nations including the United States.

My family fled from the east in February 1945. Then my grandparents lived in Stuttgart in a Marshall Plan house. Again, you the Americans supported Germany and other war-torn European countries by giving monetary support to help rebuild European economies after World War IIin order to nurture democracy and freedom.

While visiting my grandparents, I observed how many Americans lived in Stuttgart. At that time the Americans, even in civilian cars, were easy to identify: They had green license plates. My grandpa once took me to the American housing area to play miniature-golf, which was unknown to me and most of the Germans at that time. Your culture has greatly influenced Germany. This is an ongoing process. You are still, for the majority of Germans, the example of the “American dream.” While a minority may have louder negative voices, rest assured that Germans still remember what the United States and the United States military has done for our country.

English was my first foreign language in school. Learning your language gave us the opportunity to talk to the Americans. When I was a school boy in the 1960s and 1970s, there were always big NATO military exercises. My friends and I were eager to encounter U.S. soldiers maneuvering in our woodlands in their combat vehicles. We were curious about what they were doing and how they lived in the field. The big trucks, tanks, and other combat vehicles really attracted our interest. Also the soldiers shared their rations with us—peanut butter, chewing gum, jelly roles, canned bread, simply everything. These were mostly unknown to us. We even used these delights as currency. I’ll always remember the taste of the soldier’s supergum, a tasty chewing gum. I have enjoyed this flavor during my War College year—in Life Savers!

In 1978, I joined the Bundeswehr. Through our military partnership and exercises, I have learned more about our American friends. Yes, many U.S. troops continue to serve in Germany. As a company commander, I partnered with one of the companies of the U.S. Army’s 102nd Signal Battalion in Hanau. Also, we partnered with the 50th Fighter Wing at the former US Air Base at Hahn, which was only 15 miles away. But the U.S. military no longer uses these installations.

Your enduring support to defend freedom and democracy with US troops in Germany led to our next success. In 1989, the Warsaw Pact finally collapsed. Now our eastern neighbors are enjoying democracy and new freedoms. The NATO Alliance has expanded. For us Germans, reunification was an imperative. But Great Britain and France, among other European nations, opposed a unified Germany. Again you, my American friends, with your leadership, allayed their fears of a unified Germany. You made our reunification possible. Without your strategic leadership, Germany would possibly still be separated into two countries.

In 1990, Germany received its full sovereignty—and with that more responsibility. Two years later the German Army conducted its first deployments abroad: Under the lead of the United Nations, the German Army supported operations in Cambodia—then later in Somalia. In Germany, this was a real paradigm change. Indeed some of my comrades left the Bundeswehr because they were not able in good conscience to participate in these new missions. With the deployments, the first post-World War II fallen soldiers came back to Germany—a situation which was then unknown to my nation. So we began to talk about soldiers who died in missions. Only in 2008 did our Minister of Defense Jung utter, for the first time, the words “fallen soldiers”.

The war in the Balkans followed. Again Europe was not able to solve the problem without U.S. assistance. In 2008, during my first deployment, I served as Head of the IT [information technology] and Signals Division in the Headquarters KFOR in Pristina, Kosovo. The Chief of Staff was an American Brigadier General. I had the privilege of leading many highly trained and skilled U.S. soldiers in my division. As a small boy in Germany following American soldiers on maneuvers, I never imagined, I would grow up to lead them in wartime. That is an experience I will always treasure.

U.S. soldiers have fought a long and hard war in Iraq. However, my nation was not able yet to join you in this operation. Please consider Germany’s historical background. We are still growing into our global responsibilities. You cannot give an adult task to a six-year-old. The German Army’s first real combat after World War II took place in Afghanistan in 2007. Germany realizes that such deployments can involve genuine combat. So please be patient with us and give us some more time to grow up. I am sure we will become in the future what President Bush offered us some years ago: partners in leadership.

In 2010, I had my most recent deployment to the Headquarters ISAF in Kabul, Afghanistan. I served under the lead of General Petraeus, a brilliant officer from whom I learned a lot. I worked together with four American Colonels in the area of communications and IT. Our efforts supported the US and NATO forces in their combat missions.

We have now been engaged for 10 years in Afghanistan and the mission is not yet finished. It will take us more years to succeed in this difficult area. World War II in Europe lasted 6 years, but the American engagement in my region of the world is still ongoing, more than 55 years later.

Americans have proven over centuries that they are willing to commit themselves to fight for freedom and democracy. They have the capabilities to succeed in current missions. Your long-term commitment brought Europe freedom and democracy. Your determined opposition eventually overcame the communist threat.

Today, you are further reducing your forces in Germany. This is good news because it means that the mission in Europe is almost complete. It took a long time. But your enduring engagement and your strong will have paid off at the end. You can be proud of what you have achieved in my region of the world. But this also reminds us that freedom and democracy have their price. They must be defended against the evil in world.

President Reagan captured the essence of this commitment to liberty in a speech he gave on the 40th anniversary of D-Day at Normandy: “You all knew that some things are worth dying for. One's country is worth dying for, and democracy is worth dying for, because it's the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man. All of you loved liberty. All of you were willing to fight tyranny, and you knew the people of your countries were behind you.”

Worthy veterans and family members: I would like to thank you all for your engagement and for what you have done for my country. Without America and your will to make the ultimate sacrifice for a higher good, I do not know where Europe and Germany would stand today. You sometimes have to fight to gain peace, freedom and democracy—to make the world a little bit better step-by-step.

Each person who died during the conflicts of the past was loved and cherished by family and friends. Each fallen soldier, sailor, airman, or marine was a loss to your community and your nation. Today we take the time to honor these fallen warriors. We remember and honor the sacrifice of those who died to fight for freedom and democracy. I personally can only say thank you for all the support you given to my nation, to Europe, and to my family. Your support and friendship have made it possible for me to join you here in this great nation today.

Thank you so much!

Volunteering to Make a Difference

Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos, USAWC Public Affairs

In his book, “A Sense of Honor,” Virginia Senator James Webb poses the question, “How big are you?  Are you bigger than yourself?”

The men and women, who volunteer their time at Carlisle Barracks know the answer to this question, they are bigger then themselves.

“Volunteers make a difference wherever they provide support and assistance and they do it because they want to make a difference and be a part of something bigger than themselves,” said Lt. Col. William McDonough, Carlisle Barracks Garrison Commander.

Volunteering is so important here that the garrison commander posed a more important question.

Linda Slaughter, Army Community Services director, agrees.

“Volunteers make a difference,” she said.  “They bring skills and new ideas to our organizations.  They add value to our organizations by being here.”

One of the advantages of living and working at Carlisle Barracks is that there is time to dedicate to volunteering, as well as ample opportunities to suit any interest, she said.

“Some volunteers find ways to remain professionally involved while they are here, others volunteer to bond with their children, while others see volunteering as a way to give back to the community,” said Slaughter.

Norricia Speights, spouse volunteer

 “Volunteering helps me stay connected both personally and professionally,” said Norricia Speights, who has volunteered with the Carlisle Barracks Army Community Services for about a year and a half. 

“We get a lot of student spouses that volunteer while they are here as a way to continue to build on their career skills,” said Slaughter.

Speights came to Carlisle in the summer of 2010 with her husband, Col. Elmer Speights, a member of the Army War College class of 2011.  Speights stayed in Carlisle after graduation due to her husband’s post-graduation deployment.

Speights a substance abuse counselor by training, began volunteering at ACS as a way to stay busy and remain professionally involved.

“I help out wherever they need me to,” said Speights.  “I have done everything from man the ACS front desk, help with the job fair and assist with the new student orientation for the War College.”

As a volunteer Speights has also served as a spouse representative on the Commissary/Exchange advisor board and helped out with the Carlisle Barracks EEO.

One of the things Speights likes about volunteering here is that she can tailor it to fit her schedule and her interests.

“I can volunteer as much or as little as I want to, and there are multiple venues here where you can volunteer.”

Like many Army volunteers Speights has volunteered at other installations.

“Where ever I go I always try to encourage people to volunteer.  The Army has given a lot to our family, so being able to give back is good. I believe in the paying it back system.”

Lt. Col. Scott Grant, faculty volunteer

Grant, an operations research analyst at the Center for Strategic Leadership, has coached youth basketball and soccer for the past seven years.

“I had played basketball as a child, but had never played soccer,” said Grant.  “However the Youth Sports Offices have been great in helping me not only learn the games but stay ahead of the kids.”

Grant, who has coached children age five to 11, started coaching when his children, Jackson and Rebekah started playing youth sports.

“I wanted my kids to be involved in sports,” said Grant.  “Coaching gave me the opportunity to not only provide them with the opportunity to learn a sport and practice good sportsmanship in a safe environment, but it is also fun.”

Initially Grant coached children age five to seven. 

“At that age they just follow the ball around the court or field, but by the time they are eight or nine years old you can see that they are beginning to play as a team and develop strategy, so the games are much more exciting,” said Grant.

 “What I enjoy most about coaching kids is seeing them develop as players over the season.  Every year I get kids who have never played, and know nothing about the game, but they learn the sport and develop as a player.

One of the things that Grant likes about being stationed at Carlisle Barracks is that he has a predictable schedule, which allows him to commit time to coaching.

Grant encourages everyone to get involved in coaching youth sports, especially if they have children.

“It takes patients, especially with the younger children, but the rewards are worth it,” he said.  “Besides it is fun.”

Air Force Lt. Col. Charles Douglass, student volunteer

Lt. Col. Charles Douglass, a member of the Army War College class of 2012, has served as a volunteer assistant Boy Scout master for the past six years.   So when he came to Carlisle Barracks this summer to begin his studies as an Army War College student, it was natural for him to call Col. Bob Hoelscher, the scout leader for Troop173, and offer his services.

“I started volunteering when my boys started in scouts,” said Douglass.  “Not only is it a hobby, but it allows me to spend time with them.  Being in the military I frequently work long hours, deploy, or have to go TDY, scouting helps me block off time to spend with them.”  Douglass’ sons, Joseph, 13 and Sean, 12, have both been active in scouting since they were in 1st grade. 

“Many people think that volunteering is going to be incredibly time consuming, but it is not,” said Douglass.  “You can devote as much or as little time as you want.  At the beginning of the year Col. Bob Hoelscher sits down with the assistant scout masters and each one picks one event a year to lead.

“My event was designing a development program to help the boys qualify for three of the required 12 Eagle Scout merit badges,” Douglass said.  “The three merit badges were family life, personal fitness and financial management, and they take about 12 weeks to complete because the boys have to keep track of their physical fitness and personal finances as well as learn about stocks and CDs.

“To kick off the event I organized a four day development program with speakers from around the community.  I tried to package it where there is a higher purpose then getting a piece of cloth out of it,” he said.  “These merit badges traditionally hang scouts up because they are time consuming and it is difficult to get a 13 year old excited about money management.”

 “There are two kinds of volunteers,” said Douglass.  “There are the ones that jump right in, the self-recruiters, and there are those who initially agree to help out with one thing and then they realize how much fun it is, and see the non-tangible rewards, and then they return.”

Staff Sgt. Radouane Moukraj, Soldier volunteer

“Staff Sgt.  Moukraj has been a part of every event that I have taken Soldiers too,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Blakey, Carlisle Barracks Garrison Sergeant Major.  “He has volunteered his time to help move the Thrift Shop to its current location, helped paint the TIKI Bar, he assisted in policing the post after last summer’s storm.  He has also been an asset at all BOSS events, car washes, cookouts, not to mention helping me represent the installation at Project Share.”

Along with being an active volunteer within Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Moukraj has also volunteered as a combatives instructor at Jim Thorpe Gym, as well as assisting in teaching other physical fitness classes. 

“I volunteer to show gratitude to the Army and Carlisle Barracks,” said Moukraj.  “It is always good to help others.  When people help the task is easier because things can be done more efficiently and easier.”

Moukraj enjoys volunteering because it is a way to learn new skills and spend time with new and old friends. 

“When you volunteer yourself confidence increases because you are breaking out of your comfort zone and learning a new skill.  This gives you a sense of accomplishment and is emotionally uplifting.”

Like many volunteers Moukraj has volunteered throughout his Army career.  While stationed in Germany he helped an elderly couple restore their home and served as a referee during a combatives competition. 

While Moukraj has volunteered in a wide variety of ways, his favorite volunteering activity is helping those in need.

“It reminds me that not everything is about money, and that there are always people who are willing to help out.”

New hours for Ashburn Drive gate effective June 16

Starting June 16, the Ashburn Drive gate will be closed on weekends. Effective June 18 the new Ashburn hours of operation will be 6:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. Monday - Friday

Class of 2012 – How to find graduation photos, videos and how to stay connected to the USAWC

Saturday, June 9

Photos of every graduate, award winners and the guest speaker will be posted after the graduation ceremony at

 A highlight video of the graduation that will include the award winners, guest speakers and a selection of graduates at

Tuesday June 12

Videos of each every student receiving their diplomas, separated by seminar at


After graduation, other ways to stay connected are available to you


Army War College homepage

The first and greatest place to keep up on Army War College news and events is the USAWC homepage, located at Updated regularly; the site showcases the latest USAWC news, conference, studies and other important events.



One of the easiest ways to stay connected is to become a follower on Facebook. Simply go and you’ll see the latest news and events. The best part is you don’t even need an account to see the newest postings.

However if you’d like to have them delivered straight to you, log into your exiting Facebook account and click “Like” on the top right corner of the USAWC page. After that, all of the latest postings from our page will appear directly on your News Feed.


Want to stay on top of what the USAWC and its institutes are publishing, the latest alumni news and more? Then follow us on Twitter @ArmyWarCollege



Another valuable resource are the lectures from guest speakers and conferences available at the USAWC YouTube page, best part is that you don’t even have to register for an account to see the latest videos, just visit the page to see the newest videos, all sorted by event.