Banner Archive for June 2014
 

By Sallie Cauthers, DeCA marketing and mass communication specialist
Your commissary heats up summer with hot deals

            FORT LEE, Va. –Commissaries are offering military patrons extra savings on the products they’ll need for their grilling get-togethers, pool parties or ocean-side picnics.

            “Summer savings can be found at your commissary all season long making life easier on your family budget and, at the same time, helping others who are not so fortunate,” said Randy Chandler, the Defense Commissary Agency’s director of sales. “The commissaries are proud to work with our industry partners to not only provide patrons with great savings but also support our wounded service members and their families.”

            Throughout July, DeCA’s industry partners – vendors, suppliers and brokers – are collaborating with commissaries to offer discounts beyond everyday savings. Overseas stores may have substitute events for certain promotional programs.

            A number of commissaries worldwide are still scheduled to participate in the Your Healthy Lifestyle Festivals events, partnering with installation exchanges, MWR/Services programs, health clinics and local produce growers to offer community farmers markets, sidewalk sales, health and wellness screenings and fitness activities in June and July. Go to http://www.commissaries.com/healthy-lifestyle-festival.cfm for local dates.

            Commissary patrons are also reminded to continually check the “Sales & Events” tab of the DeCA website at http://www.commissaries.com/shopping/sales-events.cfmfor the latest in promotional information. Customers are asked to check their local commissary for details on dates and times for these in-store promotions:

  • Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. Acosta Military Division and participating manufacturers worldwide are sponsoring the “Summer Savings Spectacular Sale” July 10-23, which focuses on making donations to support the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation that delivers new toys to children in need. The Marines sponsor the program, but it is active on most U.S. military bases, regardless of branch of service. Look for in-store displays for products on special. A portion of product sales will be donated to the Toys for Tots Foundation.
  • Fisher House Foundation. Overseas Service Corp. and its manufacturers — Bayer Consumer Care, GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare and Merck Consumer Care — are sponsoring this annual in-store sales event designed to help support the Fisher House Foundation. For every dollar spent on participating products from stateside stores July 10-23, the manufacturers listed above will donate 5 cents to The Fisher House Foundation. Participating brands include Aleve, One-A-Day Vitamins, Flintstones Vitamins, Aquafresh Toothpaste, Sensodyne Toothpaste, Tums and Claritin. 
  • Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing. S & K Sales Company and its participating manufacturers are sponsoring a “Project Healing Waters” promotion in stateside stores only ending July 23. This promotion supports the nonprofit organization that offers physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military and disabled veterans through fly fishing and associated activities. Look for in-store displays and a six-page flyer with money-saving coupons that will be handed out in the stores during the sale. Leading brands will be on sale at reduced prices, and a portion of the purchase price of each item will be donated to “Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing.”

“Our partnership with industry helps DeCA make the commissary worth the trip for more than just the patrons,” said Chandler. “Through shopping in their commissary, patrons can help support worthwhile nonprofit organizations and their fellow service members.”


Former commandant Huntoon honored by France

June 18, 2014 -- The Embassy of France in the United States hosted a commemorative ceremony that honored a former commandant of the Army War College  as part of the anniversary celebration of the June 18th Appeal, a famous speech delivered by General Charles de Gaulle in 1940.

Retired Lt. Gen. David Huntoon, a former Army War College Commandant, was awarded the medal of the National Order of Merit in the, awarded for U.S. citizens who have rendered exceptional services to France in recent years.

Col. Laura Varhola, retired Lt. Gen David Huntoon and retired Maj. Gen. Christopher Leins pause at the French Embassy after receiving French honors.

While serving with the 18th U.S. Airborne Corps, Huntoon was deployed as a senior war plans officer in Operations DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM. In that capacity he worked closely with French Armed Forces, coordinating and planning with the 6th Light Armored Division of the French Army, in what was then the first collaboration of US-French Forces at that level since World War II.

As an exemplary and charismatic general officer, he has always been very attentive to the quality of the French-American relationship and never failed to give special consideration to France and its military leaders, said Ambassador to the United States Francois Delattre. For these reasons, the President of the French Republic awarded Huntoon the medal of the National Order of Merit in the rank of Knight.

Retired Maj. Gen. Christopher Leins, an Army War College graduate, was also honored for his work with the French Armed Forces while assigned as Deputy Commander of the Combined Joint Task Force in Djibouti, and also as Director of Political Military African Affairs in the Strategic Plans and Policy Division at the U.S. Joint Staff.  In recognition of his  support to France’s mission in Mali, the President of the Republic awarded Leins the medal of the National Order of Merit with the rank of Officer.

Col. Laura Varhola was also awarded the medal of the National Order of Merit with the Rank of Knight in a ceremony.

The French Embassy brings honor to the de Gaulle address by awarding medals to U.S. citizens who have rendered exceptional services to France.

Huntoon served as the US Army War College commandant until 2008 when he became Director of the Army Staff.


4th of July drunk driving prevention campaign drive sober or get pulled over

Americans love to celebrate the Fourth of July with family, friends, food and fireworks, but all too often the festivities turn tragic on the nation's roads. The fact is, this iconic American holiday is also one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to drunk-driving crashes.

According to data from NHTSA, during July 4th holiday period over the last five years (from 2008 to 2012), 765 people lost their lives in crashes involving drivers with a BAC of .08 or more. These fatalities account for 40% percent of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities over this same five-year

These marketing tools can be distributed to fit your local needs and objectives while, at the same time, partnering with other States, communities, and organizations on this drunk driving prevention initiative. They are based on two basic principles:
- Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over (enforcement), and
- Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving (social norming)

Summer Holiday celebrations often include barbeques, picnics, water sports, vacationing with family and friends, and fireworks. However, many holiday weekends can be filled with tragedy instead of celebration.

The Fourth of July is one of the deadliest holidays of the year when it comes to alcohol-impaired driving crashes on our highways. According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), during July 4th, holidays over the last five years (from 2008 to 2012), 765 people lost their lives in crashes involving drivers who had BACs of at least .08 or more. This summer, don't let your celebrations end in an arrest or tragedy. The consequences are serious and real. Not only do you risk injuring yourself or someone else, but the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for driving while impaired can be significant and not the way you want to celebrate the July 4th holiday.

July 4th Don’t Start the Celebration Without Planning Ahead.

Remember Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving.

  • The Fourth of July is a celebration that brings friends and family together to enjoy all the delights of summer, including cookouts, fireworks, and time by the pool. So most Americans don’t realize it’s one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to alcohol-impaired driving crashes.
  • That’s why this Fourth of July; the Army Substance Abuse office is reminding everyone that Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving.
  • Impaired driving crashes killed 10,228 people in 2010, accounting for 31 percent of all traffic-related deaths in the United States.  That’s an average of one alcohol impaired driving fatality nearly every 51 minutes.
  • The Fourth of July holiday period (6:00pm July 2- 5:59am July 6)is particularly deadly. During the 2010 holiday, 392 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes. 
  • Of those fatalities, 39 percent were in crashes that involved at least one driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher.
  • Across the country, impaired driving fatalities spike during nighttime. In fact during the July 4th holiday in 2010 (6:00pm July 2 - 5:59am July 6), more than 80 percent of alcohol-impaired driving fatalities took place at nighttime between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. The proportion of alcohol impairment among drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2010 was almost five times higher at night (6pm to 5:59am) than during the day (6am to 5:59pm) for the Fourth of July holiday period (6:00pm July 2 - 5:59am July 6).
  • Young (18 to 34 year old) people still don’t get the message that drinking and driving kills. During the 2010 Fourth of July holiday period(6:00pm July 2 - 5:59am July 6), 50 percent of young drivers killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes were alcohol impaired (BAC of .08 or higher.)

Did You Know?

  • Drunk driving is often a symptom of a larger problem: alcohol misuse and abuse.
  • Alcohol-impaired motor vehicle crashes cost more than an estimated $37 billion annually.
  • Death is not the only consequence from impaired driving. Violators often face jail time, loss of their driver’s license and it could cost up to $10,000 in legal fees, fines, and higher insurance rates.

Plan Ahead to Save Lives.

  • Here are a few simple tips for a safe Fourth of July:
  • Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin;
  • Before drinking, designate a sober driver; someone not drinking
  • If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation so you are sure to get home safely;
  • Use your community’s sober ride program - "if attending an event at Carlisle Barracks, and you have been drinking and need a safe ride home, speak to the bartender and they will assist you".
  • If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact your local law enforcement;
  • And remember, Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving. If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.
  • Remember, whether you’ve had way too many or just one too many, it’s never worth the risk to drive impaired. Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving.
  • Planning ahead can mean the difference between life and death.

Cost of a DUI

The costs associated with an impaired driving arrest can vary greatly depending on several factors, including blood-alcohol content, location of arrest, and number of offenses. The effect on a driver’s wallet starts the moment they are stopped by police. Here are a few expenses associated with a DUI.

  • Traffic fine: $300 - $10,000 depending on blood alcohol content and number of offenses
  • Towing vehicle: $50 flat fee plus mileage
  • Impound: $75 - $175 per day
  • Legal fees: $2,000 - $8,000 or more
  • Alcohol evaluation: $35 - $100
  • Accelerated rehabilitative disposition (ARD): $100 - $1,800
  • Education and treatment: $100 - $1,000 or more
  • License restoration: $25 non-commercial, $75 commercial
  • Insurance premium: increase of about $1,000 a year or cancellation of policy


Apart from the financial aspects of a DUI arrest, there may also be social ramifications. Court appearances, community service requirements or jail time lead to lost time and lost wages – possibly job loss. A DUI conviction can also impede attempts to get a job, and cause embarrassment to your family.

For more information, check out Pennsylvania’s DUI Law.

The above information is provided by the Army Center for Substance Abuse Program. For additional information contact the Army Substance Abuse Prevention office at 245 – 4576.

 


Obama to Present Medal of Honor in White House Ceremony

WASHINGTON, June 19, 2014 - President Barack Obama will present the nation's highest award for battlefield gallantry to retired Marine Corps Cpl. William "Kyle" Carpenter in a White House ceremony at 2:15 p.m. EDT today.

The Pentagon Channel will broadcast the ceremony live, and it also will stream live on the channel's website.

Carpenter is receiving the Medal of Honor for his actions Nov. 21, 2010, in the Marjah district of Afghanistan's Helmand province when enemy fighters attacked Patrol Base Dakota.

Carpenter was born in Flowood, Mississippi, on Oct. 17, 1989, and attended high school at W. Wyman King Academy, Batesburg, South Carolina, graduating in 2008. In February 2009, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and completed his basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina, later that year.

At the time of his deployment in 2010 to combat duty in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, he was a lance corporal serving as a squad automatic rifleman with Company F, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 1, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force.

In July 2013, he was medically retired as a corporal due to his wounds. He is a full-time student at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.


By Lt. Gen. David Halverson, Commander, U.S. Army Installation Management Command and Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management
Customer service: IMCOM’s attitude

SAN ANTONIO (June 16, 2014) -- Let’s talk about customer service.  It is about the Golden Rule – “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”, and you must love Soldiers and Families.

Members of the Installation Management Command must understand their role in delivering customer service to Soldiers, Army civilians, wounded warriors, retirees and their Families, and survivors. The IMCOM team builds a ready and resilient Army. We take care of people, and make them self-reliant.

Soldiers, Family members, Army civilians, wounded warriors, retirees and survivors depend on the Army and the IMCOM team to enable them through installation services. Soldiers are committed to the Army profession and expect others in the Army to be as passionate about the mission as they are.

The Army has made a promise to champion Soldiers, civilians and Families. Everyone on the installation management team helps fulfill this promise and delivers to standards.

As the commander of the U.S. Army Installation Management Command and the Army's assistant chief of staff for installation management, I want to ensure we set the example and that we deliver installation services to established standards.

Installations provide the structure, the foundation, the platform of readiness and resilience. We support the Army. Therefore, we serve people. We are The Army's Home.

The Army is about people. As Gen.Ray Odierno, Army Chief of Staff, says: "The strength of the nation is the Army. The strength of the Army is the Soldier. The strength of the Soldier is the Family. That's what makes us Army Strong!"

We make the Army Strong. Being the Army's Home means striving to provide the utmost in customer service to Soldiers, Family members, Army civilians, veterans and survivors of the fallen - the entire Army community.

You also are part of the great Army community. Your wellbeing and professional development helps us provide even better customer service. Seek ways to improve your skills through education and training.

Develop your subordinates so they are empowered for greater responsibility. The vision for Army Leader Development Strategy is to development competent and committed leaders of character with skills and attributes necessary to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Make yourself Ready and Resilient and “Fit to Fight” by being morally, physically and mentally healthy. Strive to achieve balance at work, with your family and in the community. This will help you understand who our customers really are and what they value.

Our customers are paramount. We need to listen when our customers speak. The breadth and depth of the services we provide is complex; it is our role to coordinate, anticipate and verify customer needs. Garrison leaders need to leave their egos at the door and listen with grace — and the Soldiers and civilians of their garrison teams should follow their example and do the same.

IMCOM has developed a culture of treating people with dignity and respect. A person who comes to one of our garrisons should walk away satisfied and with a sense of having received fair and courteous treatment.

We must continue this hallmark of our customers' experiences. We should always have the attitude of expectancy — expecting to be the person who makes someone's day better. Keep in mind who we serve.

Positive attitudes go a long way toward enhancing customer relations. People who enjoy their jobs —from checking a toddler into a childcare center for the first time to discussing funding priorities with the senior commanders — enhance customer satisfaction.

The senior commanders on our installations depend on the IMCOM team to provide services and programs tailored to support their particular readiness needs. We are all on the same team and our priorities are nested with those of senior commanders.

IMCOM's chapter of the Army story is where readiness and resilience cross from buzzwords to practice.

Follow through with deeds instead of words alone. "Do-oah!" accomplishes more than "Hooah!" If we disappoint someone, explain why and ensure it is not because of a broken commitment. We must be adaptable and agile — our ability is a measure of organizational success.

Members of the IMCOM team are vital to how the Army lives, works, trains and plays. Whether it's an intramural softball tournament, a fresh coat of paint for a barracks, or a range ready for realistic training, the quality of your work shows our customers we care about them, and their missions and their quality of life.

It's what we mean by our vision: Ready and Resilient Army: Providing Soldiers, Families and civilians a quality of life commensurate with the quality of their service.

The Army is about values. Live Army Values daily. Use Army Values to guide you for the best customer service on your installation. The Army is counting on you.

Army Strong!


Amanda Kraus Rodriguez, U.S. Army Installation Management Command
New IMCOM CG calls for deeds over words, introduces new mission, vision

SAN ANTONIO (June 9, 2014) – Lt. Gen. David Halverson, Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management and commanding general of U.S. Army Installation Management Command, introduced IMCOM's new mission and vision and stressed the importance of trust and teamwork during his first town hall with IMCOM headquarters staff.

Halverson, who took command April 8, recognized employees, shared his thoughts on leadership and discussed IMCOM’s mission and vision.

Today, more than ever, IMCOM’s mission is vital, Halverson reminded the audience.

“We are a nation at war,” Halverson said. “Our Soldiers are in harm’s way, with suffering and casualties daily. It’s a tough life and not for everyone. It’s a most rewarding life – serving – but full of challenges. We have to be mindful of that in taking care of Soldiers and their Families.”

The Army faces increasingly complex challenges, such as unseen global conflict in the face of tight finances and force reduction, according to Halverson.

IMCOM is subjected to the same, said the general, and the revised mission and vision statements reflect the need for innovation and leadership at every level.

The new vision statement reads Innovative professionals committed to effectively delivering extraordinary services and facilities for our premier Army.

“IMCOM is ‘dooah,’ not just hooah,” Halverson told the team. It’s about what we do - “not just words,” he said. “I expect every one of my people to be a leader developer himself. Leader development will be an area of emphasis. As such, education, training and broadened development are important. I want to make sure we all have time to talk, to discuss . . . to listen, empower and most importantly offer solutions.

We have to have new ideas and partnerships to solve today’s complex challenges and keep up with changing times,” he said.

The Army is all about readiness, said Halverson, introducing the revised mission statement: IMCOM delivers and integrates base support to enable readiness for a self-reliant and globally responsive all volunteer Army.

Positive attitude and trust will help bring the team together, Halverson said. Leadership, innovation, partnerships and high standards of service will help IMCOM provide the right services to Soldiers today and in the years to come, he said.

“We need to continue to build …  trust - between ourselves, Soldiers and their Families, the workers here – and that is through actions, not just words,” Halverson said.

Command Sgt. Major Jeffrey Hartless continued the teamwork theme. “Thank you for what you do,” Hartless said. “We are the only command that touches every single Soldier and every family every day.”

Halverson and Hartless awarded employees for their time in service, including Mr. Thomas Bennett, who received a 50-year service pin.

Recognizing their efforts tied into the topic of IMCOM’s mission.

“Our country is only 239 years old and we have a combined total (years of experience) on stage of even more than that,” Halverson said. “There’s no greater honor than taking care of Soldiers. That’s something to believe in. We are here in service to our country and to the Army.”


There’s a thin line between prescription drug use, misuse, abuse


So, when taking prescription drugs, it’s not always easy to know if you may have crossed the line from use to misuse or abuse. You or someone you care about may have a problem and not even know it. That’s why it is important to understand exactly what is meant by misuse and abuse ... and how you can avoid them. Be aware of the most commonly misused prescription drugs to watch out for. See how to recognize misuse when it occurs. Determine if you should reach out for help or intervene with someone else. Get all the facts.

 

What is prescription drug misuse and abuse?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) defines misuse as taking a medication in a way not directed by your doctor, but still trying to treat a condition or symptom. Misuse may include taking more of a medication than prescribed or offering your medicine to a friend in pain.

Abuse is misuse, but abuse also includes taking a medication without a prescription or for the experience of feeling euphoric or getting “high,” according to the FDA. Misuse can lead to abuse, which can result in many adverse effects, including addiction.

The Army emphasizes readiness and personal responsibility, and improper use of medications can affect a Soldier’s level of performance. Prescription drug misuse and abuse are inconsistent with Army Values; the Warrior Ethos; and the standards of performance, discipline, and readiness necessary to accomplish the Army’s mission. Both the Department of Defense and Headquarters, Department of the Army have drug-testing policies in place to identify Soldiers who may be misusing or abusing prescription drugs. Soldiers are expected to use their medication responsibly and not step over that line.

 

Commonly misused prescription drugs

HomePrescription Drug Facts

Some prescription drugs are more risky than others. People most often misuse the following types of drugs:

  • Opioid painkillers for pain relief, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine, codeine, Percocet, Tylox, OxyContin, Vicodin, Tylenol 3, Lortab, Demerol, and Kadian
  • Depressants for anxiety and sleep disorders, such as sedatives and tranquilizers like Valium, Xanax, Fiorinal, Lunesta, and Ambien
  • Stimulants for attention deficit disorders and narcolepsy, such as Ritalin, Concerta, and Adderall

If you use any of these prescription drugs, take a self-assessmentto see if you are using them safely.

Consequences for Soldiers

HomePrescription Drug Facts

If you are found to be misusing or abusing prescription medication, you could face dishonorable discharge, lose your military health benefits, hurt your family, and give up money or future job opportunities

How to avoid misuse and abuse

Always follow these guidelines when taking a prescription drug.

Never take prescription drugs differently than your doctor directed. This can include taking too much of the drug, taking it too often, or taking leftover drugs to self-medicate when symptoms of an earlier injury return. This can also include taking the drug with alcohol, or crushing and snorting a drug to enhance its effect.

Never share your medicine with others. Too often, people share prescription drugs to help a family member or friend. But whenever you give someone your pain medication, you are misusing prescription drugs. Giving someone else your medicine could keep him from going to the doctor to treat a serious condition. That’s not only a bad idea, but it could also land you and the other person in a lot of trouble.

Never take medicine that wasn’t prescribed to you. Taking someone else’s drugs could cause side effects, such as allergies and interactions with other drugs, even if you have been prescribed the same medication before.

Never take a prescription drug to get high or for the feeling it causes. That’s considered abuse, and certain prescription drugs—opioids, central nervous system depressants, and stimulants—can lead to addiction

The misuse of prescription medicine has led to a sharp rise in drug overdose and death rates in the last decade. These rates have reached alarming numbers in both Army and civilian communities.

Effects of misuse and abuse

More people are dying from prescription drug overdose than ever before.

  • Drug overdose has been the country’s second leading cause of unintentional injury deaths since 2002.
  • More people die from drug overdose than from motor vehicle crash injuries.
  • Each day, 100 Americans die from drug overdose.
  • Drug overdose rates have more than tripled since 1999.
  • Most drug overdoses are from prescription medicine, with prescription painkillers as a common source.
  • Nearly 15,000 people die each year in the United States from prescription painkiller overdoses.
  • More Americans die from prescription painkiller overdoses than from heroin and cocaine overdoses combined.

Emergency room visits due to prescription drug misuse are on the rise.

  • In 2011, nearly half (49 percent, or 2.5 million) of all drug-related emergency room visits in the United States were due to the misuse of prescription drugs.
  • Such visits increased by 13 percent from 2004 to 2011.
  • Misuse of antianxiety and insomnia medications (prescription and over-the-counter combined) were the most common reasons for such visits, followed closely by prescription painkiller misuse.
  • Most of these visits (51 percent) involved a single drug, and 25 percent resulted in hospital admission.

Signs and symptoms

The following conditions and behaviors could signal that someone is misusing prescription drugs:

  • Showing anger or hostility, or having mood swings.
  • Sleeping a lot or not very much.
  • Seeming very revved up.
  • Seeming drowsy or sedated.
  • Showing up late to work often or suddenly having performance problems.
  • Having problems with money, family, or friendships.
  • Overdosing or taking more pills at once than were prescribed.
  • Asking to take someone else’s prescription drugs.
  • Taking the drug with alcohol.
  • Crushing, snorting, or injecting the drug to enhance its effects.
  • Hiding drug use.
  • Trying to refill a prescription early, or claiming that the pills were lost or stolen.
  • Going to different or multiple doctors to get the drug.
  • Faking symptoms to get the drug.
  • Craving the drug.
  • Illegally purchasing the drug.
  • Stealing the drug.

If you think you may have a problem with prescription drug use, talk with your doctor right away.Don’t wait. Your problem could become worse and lead to addiction or other issues. The earlier you ask for help, the better. See tips for talking with your doctor. To contact a local ASAP office or other support resource, visit the Service Locator.

It can be hard to tell, but if you think someone you know is misusing prescription drugs, learn how to interveneso he can get the help he needs.

For additional information contact the Substance Abuse Prevention office at 245 – 4576 or visit http://www.armythinline.org/.

 


Commissary, DFMWR hosting 'healthy living' event June 19-21

Come check out the healthy living events June 19-21 outside of the Commissary from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily. Your commissary will have a farmers market and special deals on healthy foods; produce samplings, coupons and more. Come find out what healthy lifestyle opportunities await through ITR and Leisure Travel, MWR, Outdoor Rec.



Army Birthday at Army War College celebrates ‘ordinary people in extraordinary moments’

June 13, 2014 – The U.S. Army War College and Carlisle Barracks celebrated the Friday at the Army Heritage and Education Center.

Soldiers, veterans, civilians and family members attended the Army Birthdaycelebration today at the US Army Heritage & Education Center, with an event inspired by the reading of the 1775 Congressional Resolution that established the U.S. Army, followed by remarks from the Army War College Command Sgt. Major Malcolm Parrish.

Pictured are Civilian of the Year Dr. Michael Lynch, Private 1stClass Jazzmone Jones, Master Sgt. Stephan Potsko, Command Sgt. Maj. Malcolm Parrish, Chap. Col. Gregory D’Emma, and Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp.

The traditional cake cutting with an authentic cavalry saber incorporated the youngest and oldest Soldiers, Jones and D'Emma.

“The past 12 years have been the longest period of sustained warfare in our history,” said Parrish. “Less than one-half of one percent of the U.S. population currently serves in the military. During World War II it was nine percent,” he said.

After a brief intermission during which active and veteran Soldiers exchanged greetings over cake, military historian and scholar Dr. Michael Lynch of the Army Heritage and Education Center gave a special lecture on World War II.  His presentation covered D-Day, as well as action in Italy, North Africa, and the Pacific theater by the Army to include the Army Air Corps.

“We often hear the phrase we stand on the shoulders of giants, but that isn’t really true. We stand on the shoulders of ordinary people in extraordinary moments,” said Lynch. In conclusion, Lynch highlighted the relevance of history to current operations, in that Army history strengthens an Army at war, which is one of AHEC’s missions.

Saturday, June 14, officially marks the day 239years ago that the Continental Congress passed a resolution to establish the American Continental Army.

 

 

 


Army War College community welcomes new Commandant Maj Gen. Bill Rapp

June 13, 2014 -- The “passing of the colors’ is the symbolic passing of authority for a military unit which is, in turn, symbolized by the unit Colors under which a unit fights, records historic deeds, and inspires Soldiers for the future.  In today’s ceremony, the passing of the colors signified the transfer of responsibility from one U.S. Army War College leader to the next. In a formal change of command ceremony, presiding officer Gen. John Campbell, Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, received the colors from outgoing Commandant Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo and presented them to the 50thCommandant of the Army War College, Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp, at Carlisle Barracks, Pa.

View the ceremony here

 The time-honored Army tradition played out in front of professional and personal colleagues, initiated when  the 28th Infantry Division Band ceremonial ensemble of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard played Ruffles and Flourishes,  and the salute battery of the 1st Battalion, 109th Field Artillery (55th Brigade Combat Team) fired an artillery salute.  Later in the ceremony, “the last round” was given to Cucolo by his long-time aide, Maj. Jarod Parker.

 Following tradition, Campbell ‘farewelled’ the outgoing leader before ‘hailing’ the new commandant. The great thing about our Army is the depth of the great leadership bench, he noted.

Army War College Command Sgt. Major (left) signals the officer-NCO bond about which Maj. Gen Tony Cucolo (center) spoke after having been retired by Gen. John Campbell (right), June 13.

“Tony’s character is his strongest trait and his leadership was always focused on enabling and protecting    his team, his Soldiers,” said Campbell about Cucolo. “He demanded the trust we need between leaders and their Soldiers and the trust that we need between our leaders and our Army.

 He is a Soldier’s leader,” he said.

 “As 3rdID commander he traveled all over Iraq in order to personally to meet every Soldier under his command. His soldiers loved him, just as the people here at the Army War College love him.  They love him because they trust that he has the moral courage to do what is right no matter what.
 

 

 

“Like most Soldiers, Tony drew his strength from his family,” said Campbell. “He wouldn’t call them dependents because the Cucolo family is made up of a fierce group of individuals dependent upon no one, and Ginger is from Texas so that should say it all …. Ginger shares her passion that makes her husband such a great warrior -- her unyielding commitment to all of our Soldiers, all of our Families -- ‘legendary’ doesn’t say enough.  Years ago, Ginger wrote a book titled, Dog Tags, and in it she talks about the human stories of our service members and describes the commitment that comes about from hanging these around your neck.  A simple thing --  but what it means to our Soldiers!”

 “Tony re-invigorated the Army War College, carrying out reforms that enhanced the rigor and the relevance of the program already recognized for premier education of our strategic leaders,” said Campbell. “Under his tenure the Army War College team established the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute as the Department of Defense’s joint proponent for peacekeeping and stability operations.  He launched a new post-senior service college program, and they implemented new courses designed to improve strategic-mindedness and communication skills for all our general/ flag officers.   …. They built and started the first-ever course for senior noncommissioned officers, intended to develop strategic  competence for command sergeant majors  at the two-, three-, and four-star level.

Under the leadership of Tony Cucolo, The War College became a direct reporting unit, a DRU, to the Chief of Staff of the Army, so the Chief could leverage this institution as the Center for Army Strategic Thought and to positively influence the national level of dialogue on strategy.”

'The Army War College is truly blessed to have had the service of the Cucolo family and I’m confident that it will excel under the competent leadership of Team Rapp.' - GEN John Campbell

Campbell described Rapp’s career as a great balance of experience from tactical to strategic and in the operational and institutional Army -- the ideal preparation to build the next strategic leaders as commandant of the Army War College, he said:  “First Captain at West Point, PhD from Stanford, commanded at the battalion and brigade level, including the 555thEngineer Brigade in combat in Iraq , Commandant at West Point, and for the last two years I’ve seen him as the Chief of the Office of Legislative Liaison  working directly for the Secretary of the Army and Chief of Staff.”

“Bill, you’ve been specifically placed here as demonstration of the Chief of Staff’s commitment to leader development and I know that, as with Tony we sent the very best, and we do that with Bill Rapp.

'It’s an absolute honor and privilege … to be part of the Carlisle experience again' -- MG Bill Rapp

“Count on me to keep the momentum that you’ve built over the past two years in ensuroing that this war college remains central to the development of strategic leadership and remains and serves as the centerpiece to the strategic renaissance so needed by our Army after 12 years of non-stop war,” Rapp said to Cucolo when he took the podium.

“When I look out at the talent in this room … and think about the access we have to senior leaders of our Army, through DoD, our Government, and academia, to assist with that charge, I’m greatly encouraged that we’ll continue to earn that reputation as being vital to our Army and of being a collegial partner with those in our Army and in DoD working toward those same goals. 

“We will continue to harness the brain power of both faculty and students to drive forward the thinking about strategy and about landpower and about the future of our Army in an uncertain world.

“This mission’s very exciting to me,” said Rapp.  “I’m reminded that it’s a gift to be able to lead this great institution that shaped me and so many others -- so many in our military and other militaries around the world.”

50thCommandant since the 1901 establishment of the US Army War College

Maj. Gen. William Rapp, his wife, Debbie, and two teen sons have re-located from the Washington D.C. area where he served most recently as the Army’s Chief of Legislative Liaison.  His daughter is a West Point cadet. This assignment marks the Rapp Family’s return to Carlisle 10 years after he was an Army War College student in the Class of 2004.

A 1984 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Maj. Gen. Rapp has served 30 years in the continental United States, Germany, Japan, Iraq, and Afghanistan culminating in the two-year assignment working with Congress and the Pentagon.  Maj. Gen.  Rapp commanded an Airborne Engineer company in the First Gulf War, a mechanized engineer battalion in Germany, a multi-component Engineer Group in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and the National Support Element for US Forces Afghanistan.  He served a year with Gen. Petraeus in Baghdad during the Surge of 2007-08 as his Initiatives Group Chief.   Maj. Gen. Rapp commanded the Northwestern Division of the US Army Corps of Engineers, and was the 72nd Commandant of Cadets at West Point.   

Maj. Gen. Rapp earned a PhD in Political Science from Stanford University, served a year in Tokyo as a Council on Foreign Relations fellow, and taught International Relations in the Social Sciences Department at West Point.  Rapp brings to the Army War College an appreciation of the opportunity to educate and develop senior leaders and to serve as a catalyst for the strategic renaissance needed by our Army today, he said. 


Army War College grads receive scholastic awards

During the U.S. Army War College Resident Class of 2014 graduation ceremony, Friday, June 6, students were honored for receiving writing and speech awards. The competitive level of excellence in writing achievement was determined by a panel of Army War College chair holders.

Army Lt. Col. Bradford John Davis – 1stPlace Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff National Defense and Military Strategy Essay Competition, for "Opportunities in Understanding China’s Approach to the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands"

Army Reserve Lt. Col. Nicole S. Jones – 2ndPlace Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff National Defense and Military Strategy Essay Competition for "Adapting International Law for Cyberspace"

Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo (left) congratulates awardee UK Col. Michael Butterwick, as Provost Dr. Lance Betros looks on.

Army Col. Timothy D. Brown – 3rdPlace Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff National Defense and Military Strategy Essay Competition for "RAF Enhanced: A New Concept for Whole of Government Solutions"

Army Lt. Col. Richard Debany- The Commandant’s Award for Distinction in Research for "Sustaining the Army Organic Industrial Base in the Post-Afghanistan Conflict Era"

Air Force Lt. Col. Chad J. Hartman - The Commandant’s Award for Distinction in Research for "Illusions of Prescriptive Control: Understanding Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Operations"

Army Lt. Col. Donald W. Hurst III - The Commandant’s Award for Distinction in Research for "Managing the Defense Industrial Base: A Long-Term Strategic Approach"

USAWC Foundation CEO Ruth Collins congratulates Lt. Col. Brad Davis upon receipt of his writing award in the Joint Chiefs of Staff writing competition. Dr. Richard Lacquement, dean of the School of Strategic Landpower, is at left.

Army Col. Jeffrey A. Klein - The Commandant’s Award for Distinction in Research for "Challenges in the South China Sea: Opportunities through ASEAN"

Army Col. Kevin Julius Quarles - The Commandant’s Award for Distinction in Research for "Geospatial Information: The Future of Situational Awareness During Complex Catastrophes"

Army Col. Deydre S. Teyhen - The Commandant’s Award for Distinction in Research for "Professional Soldier Athlete: The Cornerstone of Strategic Landpower’s Human Dimension"

Col.  Michael Robert Butterwick, United Kingdom - AWC Foundation Award for Outstanding Strategy Research Paper for "Conflict Prevention: A Cautionary Tale"

Brig. Gen. Ahsan Gulrez, Pakistan - AWC Foundation Award for Outstanding Strategy Research Paper for "Pakistan-China Strategic Relations: Moving into the 21st Century" and the Carlisle Barracks and Cumberland Valley Chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) Award for Excellence in Public Speaking for "Non-Kinetic Warfare: The Strategy for the 21st Century"

Air Force Col. William B Mosle III - AWC Foundation Award for Outstanding Strategy Research Paper for "A Strategic Guide to Achieve Sustainable Modernization"

Army Col. Stephen C. Rogers - AWC Foundation Award for Outstanding Strategy Research Paper for "Learning Trust: A Leadership Lesson From Twelve Years at War"

Air Force Lt. Col. Mark E. Blomme – AWC Foundation Colonel Jerry D. Cashion Memorial Writing Award for "On Theory of War and Warfare"

Army Lt. Col. Steven R. Berger – AWC Foundation Colonel Francis J. Kelly Counterinsurgency Writing Award for "The Sinai, Salafi-Jihadism and its Growing Threat to the Middle East"

Army National Guard Lt. Col. Michael D. Smith - AWC Foundation Daniel M. Lewin Cyber-Terrorism Technology Writing Award for "Defending the Digital Dollar Domain: Why Sharing is Caring"

Army Lt. Col. Robert A. O’Brien IV - AWC Foundation Anton Myrer Strategic Leadership Writing Award for "A Return to Personal Leadership in the Digital Age"Col. Teyhen

Army Col. Mark E. Orwat - Armed Forces Communications-Electronics Association (AFCEA) Writing Award for "Touch Points in Emerging Capabilities: Cyber, Space, and Special Operations"

Air Force Lt. Col. Jon C. Wilkinson - Defense Logistics Agency Excellence in Logistics Writing Award for "The Resurrection of Adaptive Planning"

Army Lt. Col. Kevin Lambert - Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) Writing Award for "Integration of Women into Maneuver, Fires, and Effects Career Fields"

Army Col. Kenneth L. Kamper - The AWC Foundation Lifetime Alumni Membership Award. Kamper is the President of the Class of 2014.

Army Col. Michael James Daniels - Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) Writing Award for "Power, Politics, and Process: Issues in U.S. Grand Strategy"

Col. Deydre S. Teyhen receives her award from Foundation CEO Ruth Collins.

For the graduation ceremony article: http://www.carlisle.army.mil/banner/article.cfm?id=3526


Wright Avenue road closure set for June 17, 18

In order to complete work necessary for the post fiber infrastructure upgrade, traffic changes are scheduled for two days on Wright Ave, near the Center for Strategic Leadership and Development starting Tuesday, June 17.

Starting June 17, motorists will use Liggett Ave to access the rear CSLD parking lot. Access to the front parking lot will still be possible when entering from Forbes Ave.  

Letort Lane, along the creek, will be open one-way in the opposite direction for exiting traffic. Normal traffic patterns will resume at 4:30 p.m. each day.

Work is expected to be complete by COB June 18.

Letort Lane way one direction to temporarily shift

There will also be a TEMPORARY change in the one-way traffic direction on Letort Lane during construction. Traffic will now exit via the Root Hall side of Letort Lane and enter near the post bowling alley. This is the opposite direction of the normal traffic flow.

Signs will be posted to alert drivers of the traffic changes.


Army teen celebrates ...

 ‘Woman of character, courage, commitment: Ginger Allen Cucolo’

An 8thgrader at Lamberton Middle School, Carlisle, Reese Lindner is an Army ‘brat’ – a citizen of the world, with many homes, continents, friends and acquaintances to his name already. So, when faced with a school assignment, he had much to draw on when he chose to write about Ginger Allen Cucolo – mom, Army wife, author, speaker, ‘professional volunteer’, friend and one-of-a-kind role model to hundreds whose lives have intersected luckily, happily with hers.

In Reese Lindner's words --

“Every woman makes a notable contribution to our country and its history, whether they are considered famous or not.  For women’s history is so much more than just the women who have attained immense fame, acted heroically, or accomplished great feats.  Women’s history is also the story of ordinary women who have lived silently outside the spotlight of our most important historical events.  It is the story of women who have passed on the traditions and values that are important to our heritage and who have played important roles in their local communities and families by participating and volunteering in organizations that help those immediately around them.  One woman who displays such character, courage, and commitment is Ginger Allen Cucolo, wife of MG Anthony Cucolo, Commandant of the U.S. Army War College.

“Ginger Allen Cucolo was born in Temple, Texas on September 9, 1960, into a family with a long military background.   ‘She is the daughter of a Navy veteran, the daughter-in-law and sister of an Army veteran, the niece of a Marine, and an Army wife.’(as described by the publisher of the book Dog Tags, by Ginger Cucolo) Being from a strong military family, she was required to volunteer and serve those in her community.  Learning this sense of volunteerism would pay off again later in her life after she became a military spouse.  Her years as the spouse of an Army Officer have involved her in the lives of Soldiers and their families, who have needed information and support.  Whether it is one or twenty-five thousand Soldiers and family members, Mrs. Cucolo felt, ‘It was her role to be an advocate for them,’ she said.  As the Division commander’s spouse, she was referred to as “Mama Bear” because she felt that it was her obligation to protect and take care of the Soldiers and their families.  In the words of one of the spouses she mentored, ‘Ginger has been an excellent military spouse and role model for us because she cared enough to get involved!’ said Anita Kazmierczak.

“According to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, courage is defined as ‘mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty.’  Dealing with deployments can be a major struggle, and doing it four times does not make it any easier.  It is one thing to take care of and maintain the appearance of normalcy with your own three children while your husband is deployed; it is another thing to take care of twenty-five thousand families going through the same experience.  ‘Mrs. Cucolo constantly fought for programs and benefits for the Soldiers and their families, and she made it happen for them,’ said Jackie Coffman. By all descriptions, she handled those deployments, her roles, and responsibilities with a sense of humor, care, and humbleness for herself and those around her. ‘While her life has been supporting military families, she (Mrs. Cucolo) enjoys doing research, writing and the escapism that it brings.’ (Amazon comment)   Despite having difficulty during her first semester of college, Mrs. Cucolo has gone on to get a Bachelor of Arts degree in African American history from the University of Texas, a Master of Science in Community Health Administration and Wellness Promotion from California College for Health Sciences, and is currently working on a doctoral degree in Military History. She has written various articles and three books based on her research.  Her courage through all of these circumstances has been unsurpassed and inspiring.

“The level of commitment that is given by Soldiers and their families is unrivaled anywhere else.  Spouses and families have to deal with loved ones being gone for long periods of time, and they are constantly packing up and moving to brand new locations.  One thing that does not change no matter what military installation they are at is the families care and help for one another. Mrs. Cucolo is a great example of such commitment; she has endured through four deployments and twenty-four moves all around the world in her thirty-three years as an Army wife. She has devoted herself not only to the army lifestyle but to serving the other spouses and families of the army community.  Her level of commitment to her family, community, and the Army is unwavering and evident.  ‘I feel like I have been given many things so I should help and give back,’ said Ginger Cucolo.

“I chose Mrs. Cucolo because she is an inspiration to me and has personally had an impact on my life and that of my family. Her selfless attitude, her volunteering, and her willingness to help others has improved the lives of many Soldiers and their families.   She is an exceptional army wife, mother, author, adviser, and friend.  As one of the spouses she mentored described her, ‘Ginger is a great example of an American woman in today's society for me. She has done it all. She went to college, got married, had children, stayed home and raised those children, selflessly and without reservation supported her soldier and the Army lifestyle all while also mentoring, leading, supporting and volunteering with other Army spouses. Then later in life she redefined herself and her goals, went back to school and wrote a few books!  A great example of how women can have it all, just maybe not all at the same time!’ said Kristy Cormier.”

 


Directorate of Communication and Public Affairs, U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center
Summer Safety - Plan before you sweat

Summer is finally here, and with it comes hazards unique to this cherished time of year. As the weather warms and Soldiers, Army civilians and Family members take to roads and waterways for some well-deserved down time, they we all are exposed to risk more often than they might think. It's critically important to prepare yourself now for what lies ahead.

Outdoor activities are popular during warm weather, but physical injuries can put you or your Family members on the sidelines during the fun.

According to the U.S. Army Public Health Command, musculoskeletal injuries are a leading contributor to the estimated 25 million limited duty days logged in the Army during an average year. Many of those injuries occur during physical training or while participating in sports. Fortunately, preventing sports and PT injuries is relatively easy — all it takes is proper planning.

The Army Pocket Physical Training Guide contains a wealth of information on the planning and preparation required for safe and injury-free physical activities. Recommendations include:

Safety

• Always warm up and cool down before and after physical activity.

• Although some muscle soreness is expected following physical activity, pushing yourself too hard can aggravate injuries.

• Activities should be age appropriate. There are many ways to exercise outdoors; plan ahead so everyone in your group can participate in an activity suitable for their age and fitness level.

• Stay hydrated.

• Provide water for pets coming along for the fun.

 

Shoes

Proper footwear plays a key role in injury prevention. Keep the following tips in mind when choosing shoes.

• Shoe selection should be tailored to your particular foot type.

• The arch of your foot will help determine the type of shoe you should purchase. High arches need cushioned shoes; stability shoes are appropriate for normal arches; and motion control shoes are the best fit for low or no arches.

• Always tie and untie shoes when putting them on and taking them off.

• Shoes should be comfortable when you try them on. If they aren’t, don’t buy them.

• Replace running shoes when they begin to show visible wear or after 500 miles, whichever occurs first.

• The best shoe for you may not be the most expensive. Always try on both shoes in the pair you’re considering and walk around the store before purchasing to ensure proper fit.

• If possible, shop for shoes at the end of the day to accommodate foot swelling.

 

Clothing

Proper clothing can help prevent injuries and keep you safe by heightening your visibility to motorists and protecting against the sun’s harmful rays. Remember these tips when shopping for exercise clothing.

• Select items that include reflective material if you’ll be running or exercising outdoors during times of low or limited visibility.

• Items should be comfortable, light in color and fit loosely.

• Never wear rubberized or plastic suits during outdoor activities.

 

Environmental conditions

• Find an alternate indoors location when the weather is extremely hot.

• Avoid activities near heavily traveled streets and highways during peak traffic hours.

• Avoid exposure to tobacco and other pollutants before and during exercise.

• Exercise early in the day or during the late evening if your area has a problem with smog.

• Use waterproof or sweat proof sunscreen when exercising.


VCSA GEN Campbell to Army War College class of 2014:  Build a force that nations everywhere will respect  

Vice Chief of Staff of the Army General John Campbell linked the strategic achievement of D-Day to his expectations for The War College Class of 2014,  in his commencement remarks to students, families, faculty, and friends at Carlisle Barracks, June 6, 2014.

Almost 150 classes have graduated from the U.S. Army War College since its creation in 1901. None have reflected better the military heritage, celebration of relationships, and palpable pride in academic challenge well-met as the 2014 resident graduation.

On a parade field that has witnessed 257 years of Army history and innovations in Army Schools, the Pa. Army National Guard artillery salute, the 78thArmy Reserve Band, and the national flags and uniforms of 77 International Fellows added color and significance to the celebration on behalf of the 385 students who leave Carlisle prepared to serve at the strategic level.  [See video of Gen. Campbell’s full remarks, Maj. Gen. Cucolo's remarks, and Highlights of the 2014 USAWC Graduation at youtube.com/usarmywarcollege]

Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo, 49thArmy War College Commandant, offered personal remarks to the students in the last moments before they transition to strategic responsibilities, a week before he transitions to civilian life.  “Knowing who you are, knowing what you have done in your personal and professional lives to this point, knowing what you represent as you leave here -- allows me to depart with great confidence in you and great confidence in our future.

 “We need you. We need to step back into the fray -- your game, so to speak, now well-raised in comparison to a year ago -- and execute your assigned duties as complex problems solvers at the strategic level,” said Cucolo. “Expect your moral courage to be tested, frequently, and recognize that exercising such courage often comes with professional risk.

“Don’t be a coward,” he urged. “Say what must be said when no one wants to hear it. Do what must be done ‘though others fear the outcome.  Act when all those around you are frozen spectators safe in their grandstand seats.

“You know, an amazing thing happens when you stare professional risk in the face. The reasons why you serve come sharply into view, for self or for others. If you find your decisions defaulting to self, please get out.  There’s an old saying, if you always stand on the moral high ground, you’ll always be in the right place. From there, you’ll be content and confident knowing that you have been true to those who have trusted you with their lives,” said Cucolo, who introduced Gen. John Campbell as, “a proud US Army War College graduate, a warrior, an officer and a gentleman who exemplifies that moral courage I speak of.”

Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo (left), USAWC Class of 1998, and Gen. John Campbell, class of 1999, share the moment after each received honorary degrees; the Army War College did not grant master's degrees in Strategic Studies until 2000.

Gen. John Campbell addresses class of 2014

Gen. Campbell opened his comments with a salute to the 150,000 Allied troops who landed in France on D-Day, 70 years ago.  “Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley and Halsey are just a few of the leaders that gained their strategic foundation in the Army War College, and would plan what was the most complex U.S. military operation of World War II.

“Just as the Army planned for a year in England before D-Day 1944, so you have prepared for a year to launch on the next important phase of your career as strategic leaders,” he said to a student body that reflected the joint, interagency, intergovernmental and multinational, or JIIM, nature of the strategic security environment:  216 Army officers, Active, Guard and Reserve; 14 Navy, 17 Marine Corps, 32 Air Force, 1 Coast Guard, 28 senior federal civilians, and 77 international officers.

“Our Army is committed to engagement around the world and it starts here, with exchanging ideas, hearing different perspectives, and forming bonds that will last long after your time in Carlisle,” said Campbell, who noted the prestige of the international fellows who will leave Carlisle to lead their nations’ armies.  This is the largest class of international fellows to date – 77 representing 67 different countries.

Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo, commandant, congratulates Col. Kenneth Kamper, president of the Class of 2014.

Strategic leaders lead transformation

“As strategic leaders you will orchestrate a difficult transformation  . . .  but we have been here before, and like Eisenhower, Bradley, and Patton before you, your generation is prepared for this challenge,” he said.  

Secretary of Defense William Cohen’s message in Gen. Campbell’s yearbook seem as relevant today as they did in 1999, he said:  ‘On the precipice of the 21st century, America faces a world that is as dangerous as it is complex – a landscape of established and emerging threats, rising ethnic conflicts, rogue regimes and asymmetric threats such as cyber warfare.’

 “Today we are thinking hard about ‘Force 2025 and Beyond’, which is the Army’s plan to build a more globally responsive, scalable, and agile force thatretains overmatch against increasingly capable opponents.  It will be flexible and adaptable enough for training and advisory missions, absolutely lethal when necessary and robust enough to fight a major ground war or deter one from ever happening.  The Army will be able to influence events at the increasingly rapid speed that they unfold.  What the 173d Airborne is doing in Poland and the Baltic States, and what our conventional and Special Operations Forces are doing across Africa is the model for Regionally Aligned forces. 

“When we talk about Force 2025, it seems like such a long way off, but then I realize that my time in The War College … is further away from us now than 2025 . . . and while my War College class led the changes of the last 15 years, we will be long gone from the Army by 2025, and you will execute this next very difficult transition, with less forces, with a steadily shrinking budget, and against a arguably more dangerous, without a doubt more complex, opponent.”

“But I am optimistic, because your skills were molded by 12 years of hard combat, and now, broadened with an education in strategic thinking,” said Campbell.

Graduates share 'joint' congratulations

Army War College teammate are a source of strength

“It is not the outward prestige of your unit that matters, but the quality of the crew that is inside,” said Campbell, who urged the colonels, lieutenant colonels and senior civilians to keep in touch and reach to their War College teammates for advice and collaboration.

He listed 1999 graduates – Generals Joe Dunford, Dennis Via, and War College Fellow Vince Brooks … Lt. Gen. Mick Bednarek, Don Campbell, Bernie Champoux, Susan Lawrence, Mike Tucker, Jim Huggins and fellow Mike Ferriter … Maj. Gen. Ken Dowd, Mike Lally, Todd Semonite, Mark McDonald and Roger Matthews –among the leader with whom he has interacted and called for help from, “nearly every day”

“The relationships I built with interagency civilians during my Army War College have become bridges across our government,” said Campbell to the class. “The same holds true for the relationships with our international officers – though these span across the world.”

Been there ... done that ... got the graduate degree.

Enforce the values of the Army Profession, and the All Volunteer Force will thrive

 “By 1999, the All-Volunteer Force had been working for 20-plus years, and critical to the survival of that concept was taking care of our Soldiers and their Families, so that they would want to serve in this organization,” said Campbell. “You will help decide critical questions about military compensation, retirement, and heath care in a financial environment where we cannot afford the current rate of growth -- and, adequately fund preparation for combat.  Furthermore, while some politicians have lost faith in the professionalism of our Force, you will protect our reputation by leading a culture change that ensures an environment that safeguards the dignity of every Soldier and Civilian.  We must preserve the earned trust of the American people who place their confidence in our Army as a profession, and this culture change will only happen if the E-5 squad leader buys in, and they will only buy in if their leaders embrace it, live it, and preach it like zealots proclaiming the Gospel.”

Soldiers are why we exist

“Everything we do as Strategic Leaders is focused on improving the fighting ability and survivability of our Soldiers on the ground. They are why we exist. We will continue to ask them to perform dangerous but necessary tasks, and just as they have these last 12 years, they will continue to amaze us,” he said.  “While duty at a COCOM headquarters or in the Pentagon may not be glamorous, what you do as strategic leaders determines where Soldiers fight, how they fight, and what they are wearing -- It matters.”

It’s your sacred duty to build a force ‘that nations everywhere will respect’

The 34th Vice Chief of Staff of the Army completed his reflections with comment about the 2014 class gift to The War College.

“The strength of a fist, and the torch of wisdom that comes with experience and learning -- on a foundation of rigor – it is a powerful gift.   Thank you to the spouses, for tolerating the rigor of the profession that we, as Soldiers, so love.  I wish I could tell you it will get easier -- but it will not,” he said. “But your class gift has inextricably linked the Class of 2014 to the Class of 1974, whose gift sits just a few feet away.  It is a plaque carved with a famous quote from General Creighton Abrams about the rigor of our profession: ‘There must be a willingness to march a little farther, to carry a heavier load, to step out into the dark and the unknown for the safety and well-being of others.’  In his final days, Abrams went on to say of the challenges the Army faces: ‘We can continue to meet these challenges if we are prepared for them.  . . .   If we have the will to face them resolutely before they overtake us, we shall be achieving the real peace that men everywhere can understand, and that nations everywhere will respect.’”

Army Col. Stan Budraitis joins his father-in-law for the iconic Army War College photo 'at the Torch' in front of the Army War College's Root Hall.

 

 


Army War College change of command ceremony open to all, June 13

A change of command ceremony will mark the passing of authority and responsibility for the U.S. Army War College and Carlisle Barracks, Friday, June 13, 10-11 a.m. in Bliss Hall, Carlisle Barracks, when Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo (Anthony A. Cucolo III) will retire after 35 years of service to the nation and Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp will assume responsibility as The War College’s 50thCommandant since its establishment in 1901, and commanding general of Carlisle Barracks.

The change of command is a timeless Army tradition initiated when the 28thInfantry Division Band ensemble, of the Pa. Army National Guard, plays Ruffles and Flourishes and the salute battery of the 1stBattalion, 109thField Artillery (55thBrigade Combat Team) fires an artillery salute.

The “passing of the colors’ is the symbolic passing of authority for a military unit which is, in turn, symbolized by the unit colors (flag) under which a unit fights, records historic deeds, and inspires Soldier for the future.

The Army’s Vice Chief of Staff Gen. John Campbell will preside over the change of command ceremony, and the retirement that follows immediately.   Gen. Campbell will present the Distinguished Service Medal to Maj. Gen. Cucolo on behalf of Secretary of the Army John McHugh and Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Raymond Odierno; and the Presidential Certificate of Appreciation on behalf of President Barack Obama.

Command Sgt. Major Malcolm Parrish will present the US flag in honor of his years of service, on behalf of the men and women of the Army with whom he has served.   His aide, Maj. Jarod Parker, will present to Maj. Gen. Cucolo the last round fired from the artillery salute. Following remarks by Campbell, Cucolo and Rapp and the singing of “The Dog Face Soldier” and “The Army Song”, the Rapps will greet guests at a reception at the Letort View Community Center.

Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo, left, will pass Army War College responsibility to Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp (right) at a formal change of command ceremony, followed by retirement activities for Maj. Gen. and Ginger Cucolo, June 13.

Maj. Gen. William Rapp, his wife, Debbie, and two teen sons are moving from the Washington D.C. area where he has been serving as the Army’s Chief of Legislative Liaison.  His daughter is a West Point cadet. This will be his second assignment to Carlisle Barracks after his 2003-2004 student year.

A 1984 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Maj. Gen. Rapp has served 30 years in the continental United States, Germany, Japan, Iraq, and Afghanistan culminating in the past two years serving as the Chief of Legislative Liaison for the Army in Washington DC.  He has been fortunate to serve in a wide variety of assignments over those three decades.  Maj. Gen.  Rapp commanded an Airborne Engineer company in the First Gulf War, a mechanized engineer battalion in Germany, a multi-component Engineer Group in Iraqi Freedom, and the National Support Element for US Forces Afghanistan.  He served a year with Gen. Petraeus in Baghdad during the Surge of 2007-08 as his Initiatives Group Chief.   Maj. Gen. Rapp commanded the Northwestern Division of the US Army Corps of Engineers, and was the 72ndCommandant of Cadets at West Point.    

Maj. Gen. Rapp earned a PhD in Political Science from Stanford University, served a year in Tokyo as a Council on Foreign Relations fellow, and taught International Relations in the Social Sciences Department at West Point.  Rapp brings to the Army War College an appreciation of the opportunity to educate and develop senior leaders and to serve as a catalyst for the strategic renaissance needed by our Army today, he said.  

 


Army War College introduces Executive Course for Command Sergeants Major/ Sergeants Major

May 4, 2014 -- Noncommissioned officer education is getting a strategic-level addition, thanks to an innovative collaboration of the Sergeant Major of the Army with key leaders and education designers at TRADOC’s Institute for NCO Professional Development, the Army Sergeant Major Management Office, the US Army Sergeants Major Academy, and the Army War College. The Army War College developed, hosted, and delivered the new course for the Army’s most senior NCOs.

The pilot course for Command Sergeant Major/ Sergeant Major Executive Education Course, or CSEEC, for selected senior NCO leaders, took place May 18-31 at Carlisle Barracks, where The War College leadership experts shared the College’s unique set of expertise and methodologies for educating strategic leaders.

“We’ve done it for colonels, with the Senior Leader Development Course, and we are refining the course for general officers,” said Prof. Jim Shufelt, Senior Leader Education team at the Army War College. “Those experiences gives us a model for success.” 

Congressman Tim Walz, a former Army National Guard Command Sgt. Major, walks the senior NCOs of the CSEEC through the intricacies of the Defense-Congress relationship.

 “If we agree that the U.S. Army War College is the center of strategic education for our officers, why shouldn’t it be for our noncommissioned officers?” Command Sgt. Maj. Malcolm Parrish asked rhetorically. The first command sergeant major to be assigned to the Army War College, Parrish worked with Army leaders and Army War College educators to coordinate the many steps of identifying objectives, developing the curriculum, and putting it all together.  Collaborating were Dr. Aubrey Butts, Institute for Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development; TRADOC Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel Dailey; National Guard Command Sgt. Maj. Brunk Connley;, FORSCOM Command Sgt. Maj. Chris Greca; Combined Arms Center Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffery Wright; US Army Sergeants Major Academy Commandant Rory Mallory;  CAC Leader Development Command Sgt. Maj. Joe Parson; and Sgt. Maj. David Stewart of the Center for  Army Profession and Ethics.

Sergeant Major of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III personally shaped the course, and opened the two-week seminar-style course. His exchange with the senior NCOs selected for the course underscored the priority he placed on this initiative to advance his priorities for the profession of arms: competency, character and commitment.  A key element of the NCO 2020 concept for NCO professional development, it is designed to prepare nominative CSM/SGMs for their duties as senior enlisted advisors and staff section sergeants major at one- and two-star commands.

Students, educators and staff of the CSEEC atthe nation's Capitol.

When Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel Dailey, TRADOC’s command sergeant major, participated in a planning summit for the course in late 2013, he identified multiple pay-offs for a strategic-level course. The senior NCO will benefit from education and so, too, will be the commanders who will have a better-educated individual by their side every day, helping them with the tough decisions. Ultimately, Soldiers benefit. “And that is the most important thing and that’s what we need – we need our Soldiers to be led by confident, competent, capable leaders.” 

Course content was developed based on critical knowledge gaps derived from analysis of surveys and interviews of Army Senior Officer and NCO Leaders conducted by TRADOC’s Institute for Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development, or INCOPD and HQDA’s Sergeant Major Management Office.  

USASMA commandant Command Sgt. Maj. Rory Malloy talked about the course as a natural extension to what senior NCOs get from the Sergeants Major Academy. “Our developmental system is really good,” he said. “But when you get to the top there’s a huge gap.” As example, he contrasted the direct leadership of a tactical leader with the indirect influence at the strategic level. “Your leadership style must become more persuasive,” he noted.

“It gets very complex at the strategic level because you have tons of stakeholders involved,” said Malloy. “But nowhere do we develop a sergeant major to do that.”

“In the past 12 years, in combat, we’ve seen the evolution of sergeants major and the importance of that strategic level advisor making very important decisions,” said Sgt. Maj. Chris Prosser, who led the DA Sergeant Major Management Office when the planning summit took place. “But we’ve also recognized gaps that are, actually, products of the evolution.

Engagement by Command Sgt Majors and Sgt. Majors at al levels of leadership, e.g., Command Sgt. Maj. Malcolm Parrish, Army War College (right), became a critical value of the CSEEC.

“We’re head and shoulders above where we were 12 years ago, as far as the education, the knowledge, and the experience of the sergeant major,” said Prosser, now serving as Command Sergeant Major with the 4th Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment in Vilseck, Germany.  “This will only reinforce those traits that sergeants major gained over the past 12 years.”

Eighteen senior CSMs and SGMs from throughout the Army, to include two Army Reserve and two Army National Guard CSMs, participated in this pilot event.The pilot deliberately integrated both the target audience and more senior CSMs in order to maximize the depth of after-action reviews to be used in refining the course. A follow-on CSEEC pilot course is tentatively planned for late spring of 2015.

“These senior NCO’s came here with little more than an expectation of what they would experience,” said Parrish.  “They left here with a greater understanding of their environment, their role in that environment, and how to better advise their Commanders through building relationships, communication and persuasion.”

Course speakers addressed the executive and strategic insights that are needed to be a highly effective command team member in general officer-level commands:  the strategic context of today’s operations; a working knowledge of the national defense budget; civilian personnel management, senior leader resiliency, the Army Professional Ethic, the Army Leader Development Strategy and the NCO 2020 project. The expert guidance was offered by Sergeant Major of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III, USAWC Commandant Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo, Minn. Congressman and former Sgt Maj.) Tim Walz, The Inspector General Lt. Gen. Peter Vangjel, the CENTCOM Senior Enlisted Advisor, the Principal Deputy Chief of Army Legislative Liaison, senior congressional committee staffers, the DA G8 Force Development Director, and TRADOC Command Sergeant Major Daniel Dailey.

Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Roger P. Blackwood provided guidance as the seminar’s senior mentor. Course activities also included student book reviews, individual learning plan development, a course trip to Congress and the Pentagon, and a Gettysburg Battlefield strategic leadership staff ride. Event activities included lectures from USAWC faculty and external speakers, all followed by facilitated seminar discussions on a wide variety of topics.  Topics  ranged from national security, the economy, and communicating strategically to civilian personnel management, senior leader resiliency, the Army Professional Ethic, the Army Leader Development Strategy, and the NCO 2020 project.


Class of ’14 to mark end of studies with graduation ceremony June 6

Dunham Health Clinic closed until 1 p.m. for patient services

Watch the ceremony online at www.carlisle.army.mil

 

Carlisle Barracks, Pa. – Dunham Army Health Clinic will be closed until 1 p.m. on Friday, June 6 in order to provide parking for the Army War College Class of 2014 graduation ceremonies here.

    The formal graduation ceremony of the U.S. Army War College Class of 2014 here Friday, June 6 at 9 a.m. on the historic parade ground will start with a faculty processional to seats in front of the Wheelock Bandstand where graduates will cross to receive congratulations by the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. John Campbell; the Commandant of the Army War College Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo; and War College Provost Dr. Lance Betros.

    Gen. John Campbell, 34th Army Vice Chief of Staff will be guest speaker for the Army War College graduation ceremony, and will celebrate the graduates achievements and remind them of the challenges ahead for them as they return to the Joint Force. 

    The graduating class represents the Joint Force: 385 students competitively selected from the joint U.S. military, federal agency, and multinational security environment: 216 Army officers, 14 Navy, 32 Air Force, 17 Marine Corps and one Coast Guard officer, representing Active, Reserve and National Guard. The Class includes 77 International Officers, and 28 senior civilians of federal agencies engaged in national security.

    During more than 34 years of service, Campbell has commanded units at every level from platoon to division, with duty in Germany, Haiti, Iraq, Afghanistan, and the U.S. He has served as the Commanding General, 101st Airborne (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky, and led the division as Combined Joint Task Force 101 during Operation Enduring Freedom. Most recently, Campbell was the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7/ Headquarters, Department of the Army.

    He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Golden Gate University. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army War College. 

    In case of inclement weather, gate signs will announce the decision to move the ceremony to Bliss Hall, with guest seating in Reynolds Theater, the Omar Bradley Room in Upton Hall and in Root Hall conference and seminar rooms. Handicapped seating will be in the Command Conference Room in Root Hall.

Graduation, parking information you need to know

Graduation ceremonies for the Army War College Class of 2014 will cause parking changes for employees, residents, graduates and their guests.

  • For employees, liberal leave is in effect for graduation day pending supervisor approval.
  • All residents are asked to leave their vehicles and their guest's vehicles at their Quarters and ride the shuttle bus, unless they require handicap parking. The handicap drop off is at Qtrs. 2 and handicap parking is in 314/315 Lovell Ave.
  • Shuttle busses will run from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. and resume after the ceremony.
  • Faculty and Staff who normally park in the 314/315 lot, along Lovell Ave and along Forbes Ave in front of Building 122 can park along Letort lane below the 314/315 lot, along Letort lane between Barry Drive and Butler Rd (temporary parking will be Identified along the drive) or in the Collins Hall lots.
  • Faculty and Staff who work in Anne Ely or normally park in the Anne Ely parking lot are asked to park in DES or Chapel lots.
  • VIPs will move to the intersection of Ashburn and Lovell to be directed into one of the VIP lots.
  • All other drivers will need to move as directed by the Police or Parking attendants to designated parking lots and walk or ride the shuttle
  • Dunham Clinic will be open on Thursday, June 5 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for patient care.
    The clinic (including pharmacy) will be closed from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 6. It will be open from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

National Security Seminar:  Rachel Maddow addresses U.S. military power

June 4, 2014 - Rachel Maddow disarmed the Army War college audience with her frank statement, "I don't believe any of you regularly watch MSNBC...." and went on to share her thoughts about the media, presidential power, and Congress with respect to the U.S. military.

Dr. Maddow was guest speaker for the National Security Seminar at Carlisle, Pa., speaking with 160 guest seminar participants from across the United States and the 385 Army War College who will complete an 11-month graduate program in Security Studies.

"The prevalent belief, not just abroad about the American media, but increasingly among Americans as well, is that there is a corporate overlord assigning stories, spiking stories and constantly prescribing what we ought to cover," said Maddow, but she countered that has not been her experience, that she has full control of the stories she covers. But, if you want to talk about stories that are not popular such as national security issues or foreign events, you need to be good at making those types of stories compelling, she said.

Maddow referred to the disconnect between American politics and American national security, and called it a story worth telling and worth talking about. She wrote her book, Drift, for a non-military audience, and concluded that five weeks at number one on the New York Times best-seller list means that civilians took the time to read a book about the military.

"Basically, my contention is that we as a country have drifted into a situation in which there is a dangerous gulf in our country between the activity of the military and civilians' sense of responsibility for it."

Not only is this bad for U.S. foreign policy, but it was not the intention of the founding fathers who purposefully wrote the U.S. Constitution to keep the country out of war by giving war-making power to Congress.

She discussed the effects on the Iran-Contra scandal, the Boland Amendment, conscript troops, contractors, and the restrictions the Pentagon has placed on the media, which have minimized the public's exposure to the war. This has resulted in alienating the military from the rest of the population, she said

"Is there a way we can make citizens more involved in the use of the military?" she asked, suggesting that rather than a draft, perhaps a war-time tax would get America's attention.

"There are political consequences to having the world's most superb military," she noted to overwhelmingly-military audience, noting that the U.S. military has built amazing capacity. "Everyone wants to use you for something.

"If you make yourself that big and that good a hammer, how many nails are you going to find around the world?" she asked.


Celebrating 239 Years of Service:  The U.S. Army Birthday Celebration at USAHEC

Carlisle Barracks, Pa.—Two hundred thirty-nine years ago, our nation's leaders established the Continental Army, beginning a rich heritage of successfully defending this great country and her citizens.  

Join the military community of Carlisle Barracks for the FREE celebration of the 239th Army Birthday on Friday, June 13, at 2:30 p.m., U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center multi-purpose room.

The celebration will feature reading the original Congressional Resolution from 1775 establishing the U.S. Army, followed by remarks from Command Sgt. Major Malcolm Parrish, Army War College CSM, the youngest and oldest Soldiers cutting the Army Birthday cake with an authentic cavalry saber, followed by a special lecture by USAWC military historian and scholar Dr. Michael Lynch, who will highlight the history of the U.S. Army.

The U.S. Army was founded on June 14, 1775, and remains the oldest and longest serving branch of the military in the United States.  Each year, the U.S. Army celebrates its birthday with special ceremonies and customs.

The public is invited to be a part of the ceremony to better understand the history of the U.S. Army and to honor both serving Soldiers and veterans.

The U.S. Army’s Birthday Celebration is FREE to attend. Parking is also FREE. The USAHEC gift shop will be open along with all of the USAHEC’s exhibits.  


Statement by Secretary of the Army John McHugh on Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

Secretary of the Army John McHugh released the following statement:

"As an Army, we are grateful that an American soldier is back in American hands. The warrior ethos is more than words, and we should never leave a comrade behind.

"Our first priority is ensuring Sgt. Bergdahl's health and beginning his reintegration process. There is no timeline for this, and we will take as long as medically necessary to aid his recovery.

"As Chairman Dempsey indicated, the Army will then review this in a comprehensive, coordinated effort that will include speaking with Sgt. Bergdahl to better learn from him the circumstances of his disappearance and captivity. All other decisions will be made thereafter, and in accordance with appropriate regulations, policies and practices."

 


Class of ’14 - How to find your graduation photos, videos 

Friday, June 6  

Photos of every graduate, award winner and guest speaker will be posted after the graduation ceremony at www.facebook.com/usawc

(Note: You do not have to have a Facebook account to view the photos)

A short video that will include the remarks of the guest speaker, Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. John Campbell at http://www.youtube.com/usarmywarcollege

A highlight video of the graduation that will include the guest speakers and a selection of graduates and at http://www.youtube.com/usarmywarcollege

 

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 www.carlisle.army.milUpdated regularly; the site showcases the latest USAWC news, conference, studies and other important events.

Facebook

One of the easiest ways to stay connected is to become a follower on Facebook. Simply go to www.facebook.com/usawcand 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.

YouTube

Another valuable resource are the lectures from guest speakers and conferences available at the USAWC YouTube page, www.youtube.com/usarmywarcollegeThe 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.


Carlisle Barracks Fire Dept  -- Electrical Fire Safety tips

Fire Safety at Carlisle Barracks is everyone’s responsibility. The best way to prevent fires at Carlisle Barracks is to check our own areas for hazards and eliminate them.  One of the most common hazards found at nearly every work area is electricity.  Like most things, when used properly, it is an essential part of everyday life both at work and at home, however used incorrectly it could be an electrocution health hazard or a fire hazard.

According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International, “Electricity is the cause of over 140,000 fires each year, resulting in 400 deaths, 4,000 injuries and $1.6 billion in property damage.  Total economic losses due to electrical hazards are estimated to exceed $4 billion annually.”  Many of these tragedies could be avoided by following a few simple safety guidelines:

  • Extension cords may not be used in place of permanent wiring
  • Relocatable power taps (surge protector strips) must be plugged directly into a permanently installed receptacle and must not be “daisy chained”
  • Extension cords must be free of splices, deterioration, or damage of any kind
  • All cooking or heating appliances must be plugged directly into a permanent receptacle
  • Power cords may not extend through walls, doorways, or walkways

Electrical safety is also very important in your home.  Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) are considered one of the most important safety devices, yet many people do not test them properly. The recommended way to test a GFCI is to push the “Reset” button on the receptacle.  Next, plug a light into the outlet. The light should come on.  Then push the “Test” button, which should cause the light to go out.  If the light does not go out, then the receptacle is either wired incorrectly or is not working properly.  Finally, push the “Reset” button again, causing the light to come back on.

Safety is everyone’s responsibility. For more information on electrical fire safety and many other safety related topics, check out www.cpsc.govor www.osha.gov.


NSS introduces new seminar members to expert ‘looks’ at Russian, Chinese, Middle Eastern perspectives

Dr. Jim MacDougall opened the geopolitical panel of National Security Seminar, June 3, with encouragement to learn from The War College faculty speakers and take full advantage of the question session.   The three panelists focused on ‘looking out’ at some of the major developments since the end of the Cold War.

The chair of the National Security and Strategy teaching department, MacDougall offered the ‘looking out’ and ‘looking in’ construct to give sense to the week’s design: To try to understand the world we operate in (looking in) and to understand the resources, element of power and how we organize them to interact with the world (looking out).  

“At the end of the Cold War, we felt we won,” said MacDougall, recounting the bi-polar nature of Cold War international power.  The post-Cold War was less clear, he said, referring to Charles Krauthammer’s anticipation of the uni-power moment with the United States as that single power. “In the ensuing time, Russia has consistently talked about developing a multi-power world. Now the question is, with the economic challenges we face and the last 10-12 years at war, What kind of world are we in? Are we approaching a multi-power world?

This panel focuses on ‘looking out’ – some of the major developments since the end of the cold war, said MacDougall, in introducing the faculty experts who offered insights as to the Russian, Chinese, and Arab view of international power.

Dr. Craig Nation, Army War College Professor of Strategy since 1996 is the director of the College’s Russia/ Eurasia program. He is fluent in Russian, and holds a PhD from Duke University.

“What does the Ukrainian crisis tell us about how Russia sees the world in the 21stcentury world order?” Nation asked. 

(l to r) Dr. Craig Nation, Dr. Jim MacDougall speak for NSS geopolitical panel.

“Russia is traditionally difficult to decipher,” said Nation.  Its geopolitical situation makes it a significant player. Power tradition, military tradition, great resources, rich history and culture, permanent member of the UN Security Council, a country that can attack and destroy the U.S. in a matter of minutes -- it has all the attributes of a national power, he said.

“Post-soviet Russia is the world’s 8thlargest economy but it is struggling with growing inequality, corruption, challenges of diversification, demographic challenges,” he said, and then noted the tension between economic visions and its authoritarian background.

There is an agenda that Putin’s Russia is following: unapologetically reconstructing a strong state with strong centralized government, said Nation. Russia speaks of the United States with reference to ‘the anaconda strategy’ – that a U.S. goal is to subvert or weaken Russia.

“Does this imply a hostile relationship with the United States? I may be optimistic, but it does not.”

Russia’s biggest challenge is economic, he said. It needs to work cooperatively with the US and other western nations. And, this is where the Ukraine crisis comes into the picture. Russia seized control of Ukraine, secured their strategic position on the Black Sea, positioned themselves to avoid a boiling pot in Ukraine.” However there is a big price attached to these tactical gains, he said. Russia’s economy has already been damaged … its isolation has been increased.

Legislative action that’s currently under consideration redefines Russia as an enemy. “Is that what we want?” asked Nation. “The crisis has this kind of negative outcome implicit inside it, but not inevitable.”

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Dr. David Lai is a research professor of Asian Security Studies with the USAWC Strategic Studies Insittute. Born and raised in China, he earned his undergraduate degree in China and additional degrees in the United States.  Lai speaks Chinese fluently and was recognized by Henry Kissinger as a resource for his book. 

 “The rebirth of great power politics -- nowhere is this more apparent than in the Asia-Pacific region,” said Lai.

Since the final decades of the last century, the strategic shift of the power center has been from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Many states in the region are striving for peace and development but this is counterbalanced by many unsettled territorial disputes and, on top of this, the precarious US-China relationship, said Lai.

Dr. David Lai, Dr. Larry Goodson speak to USAWC student body and new members of National Security Seminar, June 3 in Bliss Hall.

Great powers have a tendency to get together to form an international system to establish order and expect other nations to follow the rules, and as long as the great powers have control of this system, they do not fight amongst themselves, said Lai.

 But economic development affects the balance of power.  “A rising power initially unhappy with the system, thinking the system worked against them, causes this rising power to confront the other powers,” said Lai.

“With China’s rising, I will submit that China is an undisputed contender in this system,” said Lai._______________________________________________________________________________

Dr. Larry Goodson is the USAWC Professor of Middle East Studies and holds the Gen. Eisenhower Chair of National Security.  He earned his doctoral degree at UNC-Chapel Hill; he’s traveled extensively through the region, writes prolifically, and has consulted at the highest levels of the US government about Afghanistan and Western Asia.

Providing a historical context on the relationships between Russia, China and the U.S. where it concerns Afghanistan and Syria, Goodson framed his remarks using a “great game” analogy, where there are no rules, all players play not to lose and that nations have no permanent fiends or allies, just permanent interests. Today, the great game is a global game, and a nation can’t focus on a single regional dimension in a world where Interests intersect, he said.

For both Afghanistan and Syria, Goodson argued for continued engagement and U.S. interest.

Despite political pressure, the U.S. cannot afford to completely pull out of Afghanistan.  While the U.S. has taken an interest in Afghanistan since the 9/11 attacks, China and Russia have had long-standing relationships with the nation and its neighboring countries. China is one of the main military supplies for Pakistan, and Russia has a history in the region dating back to the days of the Cold War and the “great game” between Russia and Britain in the 19thcentury. 

In contrast, the situation in Syria is more complex; support for the Assad regime from Russia and China directly conflict with U.S. and NATO policy, according to Goodson. While the U.S. may not have direct national interests in Syria, the U.S. needs to stay engaged because of national interests from allies like Israel and Turkey, he said.

US interests have always been minimal in Syria, where Russia and Iran have always taken a keen interest, he said. For example, the only Russia port outside of the former Soviet Union is in Tartus, Syria.  China’s interest is in Syria is more indirect, but the country does not wish to see further interventions that affect sovereignty as in Libya, he said.


Three leading Pennsylvanians named Civilian Aides to the Secretary of the Army

The Secretary of the Army has appointed three new Civilian Aides to the Secretary of the Army to provide liaison with Pennsylvania’s citizens on behalf of the U.S. Army.

Laura DeFrancicso, Office of the Secretary of the Army, Doc Parghi, Robert French, Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo, Cmd Sgt. Major Malcolm Parrish pause after Parghi's and French's investiture as Civilian Aides to the Secretary of the Army.

On behalf of Secretary of the Army John McHugh, Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo today invested two leading Pennsylvanians as representatives of the Secretary of the Army in a formal ceremony with the full Army War College student body, faculty, members of the Board of Visitors and The War College’s National Security Seminar members, who are a cross-section of influencers from across the United States joining the USAWC student body for a week of dialogue. Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo introduced the CASAs to this broad audience to express the significance of both the CASA program and the National Security Seminar.  The third Pa. CASA was invested several weeks ago.

The Army War College commandant led the investiture ceremony in which each CASA swears allegiance to the constitution of the United States.

Doc Parghi

“Mr. Doc Parghi a man of business, patriotism and philanthropy,” said Cucolo, as introduction to the CASA for eastern Pennsylvania.  “He has a huge energy for volunteerism ranging from Friends of the Red Cross to Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.   He runs the freedom council of Valley Forge, promoting freedom, individual liberty, and human dignity.”

The Freedom Council issued The Patriot Medal to Parghi to recognize the person who best represents freedom, liberty and dignity.

Parghi was a founding team member of the AppLabs, the world’s largest independent software testing company. When CSC acquired AppLabs, Parghi worked in global technology sales as Global General Manager of CSC Mobility and Social.

Robert French

“Maj. Gen. Robert  French began his career in 1972 as a mortarman … was commissioned through the Officer Candidate School of the Pa. National Guard … and served as the Assistant Adjutant General for Pennsylvania,” recounted Cucolo about the new central Pennsylvania CASA.  The retired Army major general served nearly 38 years in uniform.

The 2001 graduate of the Army War College holds numerous affiliations within Pennsylvania.

Rory Cooper

Cucolo invested Dr. Rory Cooper as the western Pa. CASA a few weeks ago at a gathering of fellow CASAs drawn from multiple states for the Mid-Atlantic CASA Conference held at Carlisle Barracks in May.

Cooper is the FISA and Paralyzed Veterans of America Chair and Distinguished Professor of the Dept. of Rehabilitation Science and Technology, and professor of Bioengineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physical Medicine & Rehab, and Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. He has been a member of the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services – Medicare Advisory Committee, U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Prosthetics & Special Disability Programs Advisory Committee, Chair of the National Advisory Board on Medical Rehabilitation Research, National Institute of Child Health & Human Development, U.S. Department of Defense Health Board Subcommittee on Amputation and Orthopedics, and National Academy of Sciences Keck Foundation Initiative on Human Health Span Steering Committee.

In 2009, Dr. Cooper was featured on a Cheerios cereal box for his many achievements, and in August 2010 he, with one of his robots, was the centerfold in Popular Science for his work in robotics to aid people with disabilities and older adults. An Army veteran with a spinal cord injury, Cooper has committed extensive research and publication on behalf of bio-engineering solutions to disabilities. He has over ten patents awarded or pending. Dr. Cooper is the author of two books: "Rehabilitation Engineering Applied to Mobility and Manipulation” and “Wheelchair Selection and Configuration”, and co-editor of “An Introduction to Rehabilitation Engineering”, “Warrior Transition Leader: Medical Rehabilitation Handbook”, and the award winning book “Care of the Combat Amputee”.


Take steps to improve your health with the Performance Triad kick-off June 3-6

Dunham Army Health Clinic and the Army Wellness Center are hosting a Performance Triad Kick-Off the week of June 2.

“This is an Army Medicine initiative for transforming from a healthcare system to a System for Health, aimed at impacting our beneficiaries Lifespace; Improving our health outcomes,” said Maj. Vanessa Worsham, Dunham Deputy Commander for Nursing and Allied Services. “Positive behavior changes, adopting healthy lifestyle behaviors, improving health, preventing injuries and diseases helps improve our beneficiaries quality of life.”

The kick-off will include:

June 3

Noon – 1 p.m. :  Upping Your Metabolism Class at the Army Wellness Center

1:30-2:15 p.m.:   Yoga for Warriors at the Army Wellness Center

2:30-3:15 p.m.:   Integrative Restoration iRest Yoga Nidra at the Army Wellness Center

June 4

7:10-7:25 a.m.:   Chi Gong (Clinic Lawn)

June 5

12:30 – 4:30 p.m., :   Water Challenge at the Army Wellness Center (Educational)

                         -  Drink 8, 8 oz. glasses of water per day for 30 days

June 6

7:45 a.m.:  Tour of Thorpe Gym

9- 10 a.m.: Healthy Sleep Habits (Atrium of Clinic)


Carlisle Barracks NEC recognized for excellence

June 2, 2014 -- Small but efficient:  Those words are perfect for the Carlisle Barracks Network Enterprise Center that was recognized as the best small NEC of the year by their higher headquarters recently.

The Carlisle Barracks NEC was presented the 93rd Signal Brigade Small NEC of the Year award during a townhall meeting May 28 for employees and local leadership. Its employees provide the networking/systems, telecommunications, information assurance, web and database application development, service desk, land mobile radio, photography, visual information, graphics/multimedia, records and pubs and mailroom services for the entire installation.

“The competition was very tight among the NECs this year,” said Col. Maria Biank, 93rd Signal Brigade Commander, when she came to present the award. “The quality of entries this year was amazing - the best submissions in five years. In the Small NEC category, the top 3 NECs were less than 1.5 points apart - very close competition.”

Ed Otto, Carlisle Barracks NEC director, accepted the award on behalf of his team.

“I am so proud of our NEC Team and all that they do every day,” he said. “I was absolutely ecstatic that the Carlisle NEC team was finally recognized by our command on the outstanding support we provide Carlisle Barracks.”

Otto said that his team of seven government civilians and 65 contractors provide important services that is often behind the scenes.

“The NEC team is very responsive and the majority of civilians and contractors have worked together for many years and work together extremely well,” said Otto. “This is their award. It recognizes all of us, contractors and civilians, working as a team providing the best customer support we can.”

He added that the success of the NEC is the result of a total team effort.

“To be successful we also must include the excellent support we received from our Brigade Command at Ft Eustis, the Carlisle Barracks Garrison, Army War College Command and especially G6/Chief Information Office. You cannot be successful without partnering and working together with these folks for mission success.”

The Carlisle Barracks NEC will now compete for the NETCOM NEC of the Year Awards in August.

NEC Awards are presented annually in three categories - Small, Medium, and Large. Small NECs are considered those with less than 4,000 user accounts. The groups are rated in a variety of categories to include:

  • Progress toward Global Network enterprise end state
  • Improvement to the Installation Campus Area Network (US DoD)
  • Innovative solutions to resource shortfalls
  • Innovative solutions for improving and sustaining Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Information Management (C4IM) services delivery
  • Commendation as most proficient in customer focus
  • Displays team building, morale, and improved employee relations

June 2, 2014 – More than 160 people representing a cross-section of America joined Army War College student seminars as participants in the 60th National Security Seminar held here June 2-5.

“You are walking in the footsteps of history,” said Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo as he welcomed the NSS members and the 385-member War College student body. Cucolo gave an overview of the history of Carlisle Barracks and the Army War College, and its mission to prepare strategic senior leaders.

“Our niche is the strategic level of war. We consider ourselves the home of strategic thought in the U.S. Army,” said Cucolo. “In the war of ideas, we are always looking for a fight.”

National Security Seminar incorporates social and academic engagements for citizen participants and their military leaders to better understand each other.

The National Security Seminar is the capstone event for the academic year for the Army War College resident Class of 2014.  The annual event provides graduating students and international fellows an opportunity to dialogue with Americans who represent every corner of our nation.  The week is designed to encourage the guest NSS participants to learn more about the military and its future senior leaders, as well as help the students to better understand the beliefs and attitudes of the people they serve.

NSS participants are nominated by current and former Army War College students, faculty, staff, NSS participants and friends of The War College.

“This is our effort to talk to the American population at the strategic level,” said Cucolo.

Each NSS member joins one of 24 seminar groups and is invited to interact with students in seminar discussions, inspired by expert commentary scheduled daily:

-Retired Army Gen. Barry McCaffrey will give the keynote address, The Role of U.S. Power in the World.

-Dr. Rachel Maddow will discuss her perspective on military power from her latest book, Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power.

-Dr. Peter Singer will talk about The Future of National Security.

-Army War College experts will lecture on a variety of topics to include Geopolitical Challenges and Opportunities, China Economic Power, Critical Thinking, Africa and U.S. Policy, and Transnational Crime in the Americas.


Retired General McCaffrey's NSS Keynote Address

June 2, 2014 – Retired Army Gen. Barry McCaffrey gave the keynote address, The Role of U.S. Power in the World, for the 60th National Security Seminar, June 3 in Bliss Hall.

McCaffrey acknowledged the service of the US and international class members when he asked students to indicate the number of combat deployments.  Some students indicated having deployed more than four times since 9/11/2001. This is our officer leadership in the past ten years, all have been select through a Darwinian process of successful effectiveness in deployed operations, said McCaffrey.

Despite identifying contrasts with respect to implementing strategy today compared to when he was in command, McCaffrey pointed out that basics remain true.

“Colin Powell, my mentor, used to say, ‘Don’t talk about your white papers and strategies. Talk about your budgets. Smart people inside the beltway fight about money.’” Sequestration has made this all the more relevant, he noted.

In speaking of the numerous potential threats across the globe, from Iran to North Korea to China to Russia and more, he underscored the threat of WMD.

“The proliferation of the weapons of mass destruction is a serious destabilizing aspect of global diplomacy and security,” said McCaffrey. “We need to make sure that technology is the lever that we bring to bear on security issues.”

McCaffrey invited the audience to continue thought on the security situation today, by reading his article, Murky Future Requires Clear Thinking in Army Magazine: http://www.ausa.org/publications/armymagazine/archive/2014/Documents/06June14/FC_McCaffrey_June2014.pdf


Dr. Rachel Maddow to will discuss her views on military power from her latest book Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power, June 4 at 8:30 a.m. in Bliss Hall.


 Graduation, parking information you need to know

Graduation ceremonies for the Army War College Class of 2014 will cause parking changes for employees, residents, graduates and their guests.

  • For employees, liberal leave is in effect for graduation day pending supervisor approval.
  • All residents are asked to leave their vehicles and their guest's vehicles at their Quarters and ride the shuttle bus, unless they require handicap parking. The handicap drop off is at Qtrs. 2 and handicap parking is in 314/315 Lovell Ave.
  • Shuttle busses will run from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. and resume after the ceremony.
  • Faculty and Staff who normally park in the 314/315 lot, along Lovell Ave and along Forbes Ave in front of Building 122 can park along Letort lane below the 314/315 lot, along Letort lane between Barry Drive and Butler Rd (temporary parking will be Identified along the drive) or in the Collins Hall lots.
  • Faculty and Staff who work in Anne Ely or normally park in the Anne Ely parking lot are asked to park in DES or Chapel lots.
  • VIPs will move to the intersection of Ashburn and Lovell to be directed into one of the VIP lots.
  • All other drivers will need to move as directed by the Police or Parking attendants to designated parking lots and walk or ride the shuttle
  • Residents on Garrison Lane are asked to park their cars in garages, if possible.
  • Dunham Clinic will be open on Thursday, June 5 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for patient care.
    The clinic (including pharmacy) will be closed from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 6. It will be open from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

Army War College student helps fellow officer get recognition

San Antonio, Texas-- On April 12, 2014, United States Army War College Class of 2014 student, Col. Pierre Gervais, introduced and presented retired Chief Warrant Officer Thomas “Hoot” Gipson, Jr. into the DUSTOFF Hall of Fame at a ceremony in San Antonio, Texas.

The DUSTOFF Association is an organization for all officers and enlisted Army Medical Department personnel, aviation crewmembers, and others who are, or ever were engaged in or actively supported in any capacity, Army aeromedical evacuation programs in war or peace. Each year, at a ceremony in San Antonio, Texas, the association inducts members who demonstrated extraordinary sacrifice and rose above others in the performance of DUSTOFF operations.

Gervais and Gipson became close friends three years ago while Gervais was commanding the 470thMilitary Intelligence Brigade based at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio. Through their friendship, Gervais learned of the great accomplishments of Gipson during his time in DUSTOFF, which spanned across two extended tours in Vietnam. While evacuating 2,639 U.S. Military, civilians and enemy combatants over 935 combat missions, Gipson earned the Silver Star, five Distinguished Flying Crosses, Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal with Valor, four purple hearts and 38 air medals. Gervais realized his new friend was a hero in the DUSTOFF community and represented all the criteria to for induction into the prestigious Hall of Fame. Gervais nominated Gipson for the Hall of Fame and on April 12th, Gipson was honored by his friend and the Association by being inducted into the DUSTOFF Association Hall of Fame.

In front of hundreds of friends, family members and former and current members of the DUSTOFF Association, Gervais spoke of the Gipson as a warrior stating, “A warrior is someone with that undying spirit…an unending willingness to get across the finish line – no matter the cost. Tom “Hoot” Gipson was a warrior in Vietnam and has always been a warrior for this nation.” Gipson on receiving the honor thanked Gervais stating the two of them have formed a special bond that spans across the generation of Vietnam vets and the current generation of combat veterans. Gipson was humbled and honored to have his name placed on the Hall of Fame wall and his friend Gervais was proud to see his friend receive his long overdue recognition as one of the elite members of the DUSTOFF community.   


What parents need to know about college drinking

Army Substance Abuse Program – 245-4576

The following information was gathered from The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

A Snapshot of Annual High-Risk College Drinking Consequences

The consequences of excessive and underage drinking affect virtually all college campuses, college communities, and college students, whether they choose to drink or not.

  • Death: 1,825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including motor vehicle crashes  

  • Injury: 599,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are unintentionally injured under the influence of alcohol  

  • Assault: 696,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are assaulted by another student who has been drinking  

  • Sexual Abuse: 97,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape  

  • Unsafe Sex:400,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 had unprotected sex and more than 100,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 report having been too intoxicated to know if they consented to having sex  

  • Academic Problems:About 25 percent of college students report academic consequences of their drinking including missing class, falling behind, doing poorly on exams or papers, and receiving lower grades overall  

  • Health Problems/Suicide Attempts:More than 150,000 students develop an alcohol-related health problem and between 1.2 and 1.5 percent of students indicate that they tried to commit suicide within the past year due to drinking or drug use

  • Drunk Driving:3,360,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 drive under the influence of alcohol  

  • Vandalism:About 11 percent of college student drinkers report that they have damaged property while under the influence of alcohol  

  • Property Damage:More than 25 percent of administrators from schools with relatively low drinking levels and over 50 percent from schools with high drinking levels say their campuses have a "moderate" or "major" problem with alcohol-related property damage

  • Police Involvement:About 5 percent of 4-year college students are involved with the police or campus security as a result of their drinking and  110,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are arrested for an alcohol-related violation such as public drunkenness or driving under the influence  

  • Alcohol Abuse and Dependence:31 percent of college students met criteria for a diagnosis of alcohol abuse and 6 percent for a diagnosis of alcohol dependence in the past 12 months, according to questionnaire-based self-reports about their drinking

I. Parents of a High School Student — Choosing the Right College

"As you examine potential colleges, include in your assessment inquiries

about campus alcohol policies. "During campus visits, ask college administrators to outline in clear terms how they go about enforcing underage drinking prevention, whether the school sponsors alcohol-free social events, what other socializing alternatives are available to students, what procedures are in place to notify parents about alcohol and substance abuse problems, what counseling services are available to students, and how energetic and consistent the follow-up is on students who exhibit alcohol abuse and other problem behaviors. "Inquire about housing arrangements and whether alcohol-free dorms are available." Ask whether the college/university employs student resident advisors (RAs) or adults to manage/monitor dormitories.

The proportion of college students who drink varies depending on where they live. Drinking rates are highest in fraternities and sororities, followed by on-campus housing. Students who live independently off-site (e.g., in apartments) drink less, while commuting students who live with their families drink the least.

Influence of Livin

"If there are fraternities and/orsororities on campus, inquire abouttheir influence on the overall socialatmosphere at the college."Ask if the school offers Friday classes. Administrators are increasingly concerned that no classes on Friday may lead to an early start in partying on the weekends and increased alcohol abuse problems. "Find out the average number of years it takes to graduate from that college."Determine the emphasis placed on athletics on campus and whether tailgating at games involve alcohol. Find out the number of liquor law violations and alcohol-related injuriesand deaths the campus has had in previous years." Finally, consider the location of the college and how it may affect the socialatmosphere.

 

A number of environmental influences working in concert with other factors may affect students’ alcohol consumption. Excessive alcohol use is more likely to occur in colleges:" where Greek systems dominate (i.e., fraternities, sororities) "where athletic teams are prominent " located in the Northeast

 

PARENTS ARE A PRIMARY INFLUENCE.As a parent of a College Freshman – Stay involved:

 

  • Pay special attention to your son’s or daughter’s experiences and activities during the crucial first 6 weeks on campus. With a great deal of free time, many students initiate heavy drinking during these early days of college, and the potential exists for excessive alcohol consumption to interfere with successful adaptation to campus life. You should know that about one-third of first-year students fail to enroll for their second year.

  • Find out if there is a program during orientation that educates students about campus policies related to alcohol use. If there is one, attend with your son or daughter, or at least be familiar with the name of the person who is responsible for campus counseling programs.

  • Inquire about and make certain you understand the college’s “parental notification” policy.

  • Call your son or daughter frequently during the first 6 weeks of college.

  • Inquire about their roommates, the roommates’ behavior, and how disagreements are settled or disruptive behavior dealt with.

  • Make sure that your son or daughter understands the penalties for underage drinking, public drunkenness, using a fake ID, driving under the influence, assault, and other alcohol-related offenses. Indicate to them that you have asked the college/university to keep you informed of infractions to school alcohol policies. (for alcohol policies on college campuses see www.collegedrinkingprevention.gov/policies).

  • Make certain that they understand how alcohol use can lead to date rape, violence, and academic failure.

  • Stay actively involved in the life of your child.

 

 

THE LAW IN PENNSYLVANIA – provided by the PA Liquor Control Board, LCB-162 04/11 – www.lcb.state.pa.us

 

A youth (under age 21) commits a summary offense if he or she attempts to purchase, purchases, consumes, possesses, or knowingly and intentionally transports any liquor or malt or brewed beverages. The penalty for a first offense of this nature is a $300.00 fine and/or 90 days in jail and 90 days suspension of driving privileges. Knowingly and falsely misrepresenting your age for the purpose of buying alcohol is punishable with up to a $300.00 fine, 90 days in jail, and 90 days license suspension. Manufacturing, altering, or selling an identification card to falsely represent identity, birth date or age is punishable with a fine up to $5,000.00 and 2 years in jail. A driver, under age 21, with a blood alcohol level of .02% or higher could lose his or her license for up to a year, spend up to 24 months in jail and be fines up to $5,000.00.

 

 

 

KNOWING THE LAW IS IMPORTANT, BUT IT IS NOT ENOUGH

 

Your student’s college or university can add consequences in addition to the civil charges. These can include academic probation, loss of housing, fines, suspension and expulsion. Talk to your student about these issues before they head off to campus and continue communication while they are on campus.

 

For additional information contact the Army Substance Abuse Prevention Office at 245 – 4576.