Banner Archive for June 2015

Robert D. Martin, USAWC Public Affairs Office

Parrish passes the sword to a new command sergeant major

Command Sgt. Maj. Malcolm D. Parrish passed the ceremonial Noncommissioned Officer Sword to signify the transfer of responsibility and authority to new US Army War College Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Mark Martinez during a ceremony, June 26 at Bliss Hall.

Command Sgt. Maj. Malcolm D. Parrish relinquished his authority and responsibility of all
enlisted assigned to Carlisle Barracks back to Maj. Gen. William E. Rapp, U.S. Army War College
Commandant, during the Change of Responsibility, Bliss Hall, June 26.
Members of the Carlisle Barracks and U.S. Army War College community gathered to bid farewell to Parrish as he prepares to retire and welcome his successor as the Army War College newest senior-enlisted advisor.

“I will talk about four aspects of Command Sgt. Maj. Parrish that have made him so valuable to Carlisle Barracks over the past two years,” said Maj. Gen. William E. Rapp, USAWC Commandant. “First is his judgment in picking a life partner. You know that I am talking about his wife, Sharon, and the positive impact that she has had on the community.  Second is his collegiality, being a good colleague and someone who is approachable, helpful and value-added. Third is his vision and drive, which resulted in the Executive leader Course being stood up, tested, and accepted as part of the Army program. The final trait is that of his judgment and candor.

"I have come to trust his advice explicitly and that he is giving it to me straight,” Rapp said about Parrish.

Command Sgt. Maj. Malcolm Parrish was charged by the Army Chief of Staff and Sergeant Major of the Army with many tasks when arriving at the US Army War College. One was to determine how the educational programs at the college can be adapted for Senior NCOs.  With this mission, Parrish helped guide the development of strategic level education for Army noncommissioned officers.

USAWC Command Sgt. Maj. Malcolm D. Parrish unsheathes the ceremonial sword for inspection before passing it to Maj. Gen. William E. Rapp, the incoming Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Martinez stands ready to receive the sword during the Change of Responsibility, Bliss Hall, June 26.

Parrish collaborated with the Sergeant Major of the Army, 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 supported the effort by piloting The Executive Leader Course for the Army’s most senior NCOs.

The Executive Leader Course is a two-week course that enhances the education of senior nominative-position Command Sergeants Major/Sergeants Major who are either currently assigned to, or projected for assignment to key positions as senior enlisted advisors and staff sergeants major at the 1-2 star command (executive) level. The ELC offers an experience that is both broadening and educational, focused on increasing attendee preparation for service at the executive and strategic levels.

“First sergeants and command sergeants major never get to pick their commanders and we wonder how the relationship will be. We get our authority from our commanders: that’s what enables us to do what we do,” said Parrish. “That relationship determines how effective we can be. If all that is good, [if we] share the same insights, opinions, and like each other --  we consider that a lightning strike.”

“I have been fortunate to have had three, back to back," said Parrish.  "Sir, I would like to thank you and Debbie, for your leadership, trust, faith, and consider this year to be a down payment on a lifelong friendship,” he said to the commandant and his wife, Debbie.

Parrish, who served as the US Army War College command sergeant major since August 2013, will retire after 33 years in the Army. Before coming to his final post, he served as a command sergeant major with the 2d Cavalry Regiment, Vilseck, Germany.

Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Martinez is a native of Colorado Springs, Co. He began his career in the United States Army in 1989 upon the completion of Infantry Basic Training (OSUT) at Ft. Benning, Georgia. Martinez’s previous assignment was Command Sgt. Maj. 1st Brigade U.S. Army Cadet Command, Fort Knox, Kentucky.

USAWC new Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Martinez accepts the sword, representing the transfer of responsibility and authority of all enlisted service members and their families, from Maj. Gen. William E. Rapp during the Change of Responsibility, Bliss Hall, June 26.

“To the officers, Soldiers, DoD civilians, contractors and families of Carlisle Barracks, it’s truly and honor to serve alongside of you in the outstanding community,”  Martinez said. “Greatness is not something that just happens. It comes from being great every day, from treating each other with dignity and respect every day, from giving 110 percent every day and when you put enough great days together you are able to achieve greatness as a community,” he said.

Martinez has held every leadership position in infantry units. He holds a bachelor's degree from Excelsior College and is a graduate of the Army Sergeants Major Academy. Combat tours include OPERATION JUST CAUSE, OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM and three tours for OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM.

Martinez‘s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with V device, Bronze Star Medal (3 oak leaf clusters) Meritorious Service Medal (5 oak leaf cluster), Army Commendation Medal (1 oak leaf clusters) and the Army Achievement Medal (2 oak leaf clusters). Command Sergeant Major Martinez is also a member of the prestigious Sergeant Morales Club and Sergeant Audie Murphy Club.

The passing of the sword signifies the transfer of responsibility and authority from the outgoing to incoming command sergeant major. In 1840, The War Department adopted the unique noncommissioned officers sword. It is a completely functional weapon, not intended for display, but rather for hard and dedicated use. While no longer part of the Army’s inventory, American sergeants wore it for over 70 years during a period of time that included the Mexican-American war, the Civil War, and the Spanish-American War.

Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Martinez, US Army War College inspects the sword before he returns it to its scabbard during the Change of Responsibility, Bliss Hall, June 26.

Post gyms closed July 3

In observance of the July 4th holiday, the Jim Thorpe Gym, Root Hall Gym and Indian Field Fitness Center will be closed on Friday, July 3. Thorpe Gym be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 4 & 5.

IMCOM July 4th  safety message

July Fourth is a great occasion in our country and a day to celebrate with patriotism.

John Adams, the first vice president and second president of the United States, helped write the Declaration of Independence.  He  said, "I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival.  It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with

shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other."

Independence Day remains a national celebration just as President Adams predicted.  We encourage you to celebrate in the spirit of independence and patriotism that has endured for 239 years.  As Army professionals who protect our freedom, we must remain aware of the risks present at July Fourth festivities.

Outdoor activities are a source of sunburn and heat injuries.  Drink plenty of water and take frequent breaks when working or playing in hot weather.  Water activities are also popular during the July Fourth weekend.  Wear life jackets while boating, swim only in supervised areas and obey posted signs.

Pay attention to weather conditions and get out of the water at the first sign of bad weather.

Alcohol doesn't mix with boating, swimming or driving.  Watch your consumption and don't drink if you will operate any type of vehicle.  Give a responsible person details on where you will be and how long you will be gone for added safety.

Enjoy Independence Day as you celebrate with family and friends.  Please be safe because our nation needs each one of us to support and defend this great country.

Once a Soldier, Always a Soldier.  Soldier for Life!

LTG David Halverson/CSM Jeff Hartless

By HQIMCOM Civilian Personnel Branch, U.S. Army Installation Management Command
IMCOM Voluntary Placement Program begins June 30 

SAN ANTONIO (June 24, 2015) -- The Installation Management Command's new Voluntary Placement Program will give first consideration to internal employees wishing to move overseas or return to the continental U.S. from an overseas position.

Beginning June 30, 2015, eligible permanent IMCOM GS-09 and above (or wage grade equivalent) employees will be able to apply to available positions posted on an AKO portal on a weekly basis. The goal of the program is to allow current employees an opportunity to volunteer for career-broadening assignments within the command before considering outside applicants.

At this time, the program does not include opportunities for CONUS to CONUS or OCONUS to OCONUS movement, and does not extend to non-appropriated fund (NAF) employees due to regulatory issues.

Employees may apply for multiple positions, but are limited to using a single resume during any given week.

In accordance with DOD PPP policy, valid job offers made under the IVPP will be considered legitimate for IMCOM OCONUS employees registered in PPP.  Declining an IVPP valid job offer may result in removal from PPP and may subject the employee to adverse action.  OCONUS PPP registrants should submit resumes only for positions they are prepared to accept.

Army Wellness Center welcomes new director

Matt Zlogar, the new Army Wellness Center director, comes to Carlisle Barracks from the Penn State Hershey Medical Center where he was the registration supervisor for the emergency room.  The Middletown, Pa. native is a two-time graduate of Penn State and served in the Marine Corps in addition to his time as a personal trainer.

Zlogar said that the Wellness Center takes a big-picture look at health for their clients and build a customized program based on their goals.

“At the Wellness Center folks have access to top notch health education to prevent chronic illness and to improve personal wellness,” he said. “These services combined could be a couple thousand dollars but it is free to a variety of individuals.  We want to help people reach their goals and change their lives.”

Army Wellness Centers complement care of primary care physicians at installation medical treatment facilities, according to the U.S. Army Public Health Command.  The centers provide health promotion services and education tailored to meet individual patient needs. Army Wellness Center programs and services are available to all Army personnel. This includes active-duty soldiers and retirees, their family members, DoD civilians, and Reserve/National Guard components.

“This opportunity is a perfect combination for what I want to do, which is help people find that perfect balance with exercise a nutrition to improve their quality of life,” he said.

A key component of their program are the follow-up consultations, which he said would be a major focus for his team.

“Follow ups are by far the most crucial component of our services,” he said. “It’s vital for the participant to see their progression and what works for them personally.”

Located at 315 Lovell Avenue the Center is one of 22 open in the United States and Europe.  Working with primary care managers, the staff offers advice on preventive care based on a patient’s environmental and genetic risk factors to develop comprehensive care plans, and wellness centers will help patients make healthy lifestyle decisions by providing access to resources through state-of-the-art fitness testing, healthy nutrition advice, stress reduction using biofeedback, fitness programs and health education. 

For more information or to schedule an appointment call 245-4004.

Thomas Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office
 Report suspicious activity -- here's how

As always, the Security team here reviews and adjusts force protection measures regularly, and incorporates additional measures on a random basis so as to avoid predictability.

All personnel have a role in security: maintain general awareness of surroundings in order to become a target of opportunity; AND report all suspicious activity.

See something suspicious on post, online or get a strange phone call probing for information and don’t know what to do? You can report it using the Suspicious Activity Report tool located now at

The tool allows the post to be able to track these reports to see if there are patterns developing.

Incident reporting tips:

  • Be Observant & Attentive
  • Remember Details about People, Places, Conversations, and Vehicles (Including License Plate Numbers)
  • Act Non-Committal and Ask for Time to Think Over Any Offers
  • Report the Incident Only to US Army Intelligence Special Agents
  • Do not self-investigate

   Immediate threats should be reported to the Carlisle Barracks Provost Marshal Office 24 Hour Line at (717) 245-4115.

Army War College welcomes – Gabon, Belize and Papua New Guinea

The U.S. Army War College extended a warm welcome to three international fellows from countries that have never sent representatives before – Gabon, Belize and Papua New Guinea -- and 76 other senior military officers from a total of 70 different countries. These 79 International Fellows will be attending the U.S. Army War College, integrated with the full student body of 384 US and international students. The academic year is full of studying, research, and fellowship as these officers pursue graduate-level studies in topics  ranging from military concepts and doctrine to national and theater level strategies.

“My expectations are that you well seize the day, from the Latin phase carpe diem ... take advantage of the year. We are going to ask you to do a lot things,” said Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp, Commandant of the U.S. Army War College. “There is a lot of reading, a lot writing and a lot of discussion with your class mates to really expand your brain ... spend the time to get it done because you will be better for that experience.”

From left to right: Papau New Guinea Lt. Col. Andrew Dopeke, Belize Lt. Col. Asariel Loria
and Gabon Lt. Col. Maurice Ntossui Allogo. They are  their respective countries first representatives to
the U.S. Army War College, Root Hall, June 25.

“You are critical in the seminars that we teach here, you provide an incredible breadth of knowledge and perspective that our American students do not always see,"said Rapp. "This is where your value comes in -- your value to that seminar to make yourself heard, not just muster, actually study and be prepared to be thoughtful. You will represent your country to those students you sit with."

 International Fellows listen intently during their inprocessing briefing at Bliss Hall, June 25.

The international students were also greeted formally by Ambassador Daniel Shields who is the former U.S. ambassador to Brunei, and now serves as the diplomatic advisor to the U.S. Army War College Commandant.

“I am here to help with the diplomacy part of DIME," he said about the acronym for diplomatic-informational,military and economic elements of power. He continued to discuss the diplomatic interests of the Army War College curriculum: "how to make use of diplomacy to advance your nation, how does diplomacy fit in, what is the relationship between diplomatic and military," said Shields. "So that's the conversation I will have with you.

“One of my responsibilities to you is that of mentor, but I see you as a mentor to me too. If you are on the court of understanding how to integrate military and diplomatic movements I really want to have a conversation with you,” he said.

Army War College Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher M. Martinez (left) greets Mongolian Lt. Col. Galbadrakh Togoo and his spouse during the International Fellows icebreaker, Letort View Community Center Tiki Bar, June 30.

The following is the list of countries represented in this year’s class of 2016:

Afghanistan, Albania, Armenia, Australia, Bangladesh, Belize, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria (2), Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Congo, Croatia, Czech Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Ethiopia, Gabon, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia (2), Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mali, Mauritania, Mexico,  Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Niger, Nigeria (2), Norway, Pakistan (2), Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Saudi Arabia (3), Senegal, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Vietnam, Zambia.


Loudspeaker system testing set for June 24, 25

Carlisle Barracks will test their loudspeaker mass notification system June 24 and 25 in order to assess any possible damage from recent severe weather. During both days, you may hear test tones and voice commands, but they are for testing purposes only, no action is needed on your part.

Dunham social worker recognized as one of regions best

Abigail Hamilton, the Family Advocacy Clinical Social Worker at Dunham, was one of 29 finalists selected for recognition by the Partnership for Better Health as a 2015 Champions for Better Health.

June 23, 2015 -- A social worker at Dunham Army Health Clinic was recently recognized as one of the 2015 Champions for Better Health by the Partnership for Better Health.

Abigail Hamilton, the Family Advocacy Clinical Social Worker at Dunham, was one of 29 finalists selected for recognition by the partnership. Hamilton received honorable mention. The awards recognized distinguished community volunteers, health professionals, business leaders, philanthropists and youth whose efforts play a vital role in advancing the health and wellness of our region. The Partnership for Better Health is a Carlisle community foundation that works with health-focused organizations throughout parts of Cumberland, Perry, Adams and Franklin Counties to positively influence the lives of our others, according to their website.

Hamilton was nominated by Joseph Vancosky, a deputy commander at Dunham for her work with the Family Advocacy Program here at Carlisle Barracks and other installations in the area. She provides domestic violence and child abuse intervention and counseling, along with educating the Community about domestic and child abuse prevention.

“I was surprised and deeply humbled when Mr. Vancosky approached me with the nomination,” she said. “I am surrounded by so many amazing people that serve our Community every day. I felt very excited to be considered a Champion for Better Health. It is amazing to receive recognition for the work I have done. I am extremely passionate about taking care of our Service Members and their families, so it was really nice to see my passion has been noticed.”

Her main duties at Dunham are to provide emergency and crisis response in family violence situations. This involves providing safety planning, coordinating all needs of the family, and reporting to the Command regarding their Service Member's needs. Hamilton also provides Individual and Family Behavioral Health Treatment for Service Members and their families.

Hamilton also works to educate the medical staff and surrounding community regarding identification and reporting of Child Abuse and Domestic Violence through formal trainings, speaking at Central Penn College classes, attending installation activities, and working with Dickinson College and Cumberland County Domestic Violence Services to ensure a community-wide service approach when it comes to these issues.

High winds, flooding safety tips


Should an emergency weather warning be broadcast by the National Weather Service, then the following actions should be taken in order to limit the amount of damage that could be inflicted on your home and belongings:

•Place cars in garages or where they will be protected from flying debris, such as tiles or branches for example

•Secure items outside your home that could be blown away, such as patio furniture, trash bins, tents, etc.

•Remove items from around your home that may be blown into windows/patio doors

•Keep pets indoors

•Shelter outdoor pets, or bring under cover in a protected location

If high winds have been forecast or are happening now, then you should take the following action:

•Keep an eye on the warnings and listen in to the local media for any further warnings or emergency information

•Do not go outside unless it is safe, or it is absolutely essential that you do so.

•Do not attempt to make any repairs until the storm is over.

•Do not drive unless you have to. If you have to drive, drive slowly and with great care, use your lights to make you more visible.

•If power lines are brought down by high winds STAY AWAY from them. Do not touch any item that may be touching power lines. HIGH VOLTAGES KILL. Report any down or damaged lines.

Here's what you can do to stay safe during a flood:

•If flooding occurs, go to higher ground and avoid areas subject to flooding.

•Do not attempt to walk across flowing streams or drive through flooded roadways.

•If water rises in your home before you evacuate, go to the top floor, attic, or roof.

•Listen to a battery-operated radio for the latest storm information.

•Turn off all utilities at the main power switch and close the main gas valve if advised to do so.

•If you've come in contact with floodwaters, wash your hands with soap and disinfected water.

4th of July Drunk Driving Prevention Campaign – Summer Sense Campaign
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Information provided by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

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 period.

There are two basic principles for this drunk driving prevention initiative: they are
- Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over (enforcement) and
- Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving (social norming)

Designate a Sober Driver This July Fourth

Because Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving


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 a favorite American holiday filled with fun, food, fireworks, friends and family. But celebrating can quickly turn to tragedy when people choose to drive after drinking. The Army Substance Abuse Prevention office is urging everyone to plan ahead this Independence Day. Designate a sober driver ahead of time.


“The Fourth of July festivities can be so much fun. “People make plans for the partying, but too many drivers don’t plan ahead to get home safely.”



In all 50 States and the District of Columbia, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 grams per deciliter or higher.


“We’ve seen that too many drivers around think that it’s OK to drive ‘buzzed.’ The truth is you don’t have to be completely wasted to get arrested for drunk driving. Remember: Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving.”


This year, the Fourth comes on a Saturday, so Friday, July 3, is the Federal holiday and observance. That means the Fourth of July weekend starts at 6 p.m. Thursday and extends to 5:59 a.m. Monday morning, July 6.


Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration paint a grim picture of the effect drunk driving has on America.  NHTSA reports there were 10,076 fatalities involving drunk driving in 2013, accounting for 31 percent of the total motor vehicle traffic deaths for that year. That equals about one alcohol-impaired-driving death every 52 minutes.


In 2013, Forbesmagazine named the Independence Day holiday “the most dangerous holiday of the year.”


Drunk-driving fatalities are high year-round, but they typically spike during holidays like the Fourth of July.  During the Independence Day holiday in 2013 (6 p.m. July 3rd to 5:59 p.m. July 8th), 512 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes, and of these, 199 (39%) died in crashes involving at least one driver or motorcycle operator with a BAC of .08 or higher. Unfortunately 2013 wasn’t a fluke; from 2009 to 2013, among all crash fatalities around the Fourth of July holiday period, 39 percent—on average—involved drunk drivers.



July 4th

Don’t Start the Celebration Without Planning Ahead.

RememberBuzzed Driving is Drunk Driving.

Certain drivers are more likely than others to drive drunk. Younger drivers 18 to 34 years old are consistently overrepresented in fatal alcohol-impaired-driving crashes. In 2013, almost half (45%) of the young drivers killed in crashes had BACs of .08 g/dL or higher.


Compared to car and truck drivers, motorcycle operators are also overrepresented in the disturbing statistics from NHTSA: In 2013 fatal crashes, 27 percent of motorcycle operators were impaired.


Nighttime (6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.) driving is particularly dangerous because of drunk drivers—and the July Fourth holiday is no exception.  During the July Fourth holiday period in 2013, the rate of alcohol impairment among drivers involved in fatal crashes was over three times higher at night than during the day.


“Here’s what we want people to understand.  “Alcohol not only impairs your ability to drive, it impairs your judgment about whether you can or should drive.  Sure, you may thinkyou’re ‘fine’, but you’re not.  The best thing to keep in mind is simply:  Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving.” Prevent drunk driving by only driving completely sober.


Follow these simple tips for a safe Fourth of July:


  • Plan a safe way home before the fun begins.
  • Before drinking, designate a sober driver. (one that is 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 a community 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 see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact Local Law Enforcement, 911.
  • Remember, Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving. If you know people who are about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.


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.
  • 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.
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. More information on avoiding impaired driving can be found at

Army Substance Abuse Program Lunch and Learn

“Responsible Alcohol Use”– This class will challenge common beliefs and attitudes that directly contribute to high risk alcohol abuse, physical tolerance vs mental tolerance.  We will discuss how our choices can protect or harm the things that we love and value. We will answer that question – What is Responsible Alcohol Use?

Thursday, July 23, noon – 1 p.m.

The Class will be held at the Education Center, Bldg. 632 Wright Ave. Registration is required by calling 245 – 4576. Register three days before the scheduled class. We must have at least 5 participants registered for the class to be held.

The above information is provided by the Army Center for Substance Abuse Program. For additional information contact the Army Substance Abuse Office 245 - 4576

Belenky assumes command of Dunham Army Health Clinic

Lt. Col. Michael Belenky accepts the guidon representing command of Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic from Col. Laura Trinkle, the MEDDAC Commander at Fort George G. Meade, Md., during a change of command ceremony June 16. Belenky assumed command from Col. Becky Porter who will next assume command of the DiLorenzeo TRICARE Health Clinic in the Pentagon.

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For the second time in less than a week, a command exchange hands on the historic parade grounds of Carlisle Barracks. 

Lt. Col. Michael Belenky assumed command of Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic from Col. Becky Porterat a change of command ceremony June 16 at 11 a.m. at Wheelock Bandstand on Carlisle Barracks. Col. Laura Trinkle, the MEDDAC Commander at Fort George G. Meade, Md., was the officiating officer for the ceremony.

Belenky most recently served as the Medical Operations and Readiness Officer at The Joint Staff J-4, Health Services Division, in Washington D.C. He is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His Army assignments include Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, Fort Campbell, Kentucky

The outgoing commander, Col. Rebecca Porter, will next assume command of the DiLorenzeo TRICARE Health Clinic in the Pentagon. Reflecting on her time in command she said that will never forget the hard work and dedication the people who work at the clinic.

“I'm most proud of the positive spirit and customer service at Dunham,” she said. “It is felt, not only among our staff, but by our patients and in how we interact with our neighbors and colleagues on the installation.”

The Dunham Health Care Network includes clinics at Carlisle Barracks, the Defense Distribution Center near the Harrisburg Airport, the Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg, and the National Guard Training Center at Fort Indiantown Gap. The Network provides care to more than 5,700 retirees and their family members and over 4,900 active duty Soldiers and their family members, a total of approximately 10,600.

Dunham is a member of the TRICARE Northeast Region and the Walter Reed Health Care System, which partners with HealthNet to provide care to the many beneficiaries in the Region. The renovated health clinic is staffed with nine Officers, 23 Soldiers, and 127 civilians and contractors.

Services offered include family medicine, pediatrics, optometry, social work and behavioral health, occupational health, and industrial hygiene. In addition, Dunham offers immunization, laboratory, radiology, and pharmacy support. A Soldier medical

MWR director recognized as one of the top 25 ‘women of influence’ in Central Pa

Elizabeth Knouse, director of the Carlisle Barracks MWR is joined by the new garrison command team, Lt. Col. Greg Ank and CSM Nelson Maldonado, at a recognition ceremony where she was named one of the 25 Women of Influence in Central Pa. by the Central Penn Business Journal.

June 15, 2015 -- Elizabeth Knouse, director of the Carlisle Barracks MWR, was honored June 15 as one of the 25 Women of Influence in 2015 by the Central Penn Business Journal at a luncheon at the Hilton Harrisburg.

Knouse and the other winners will be profiled in a special publication inserted in the June 19, 2015 issue of the Central Penn Business Journal.
"I'm surprised by it as there are a lot of good things being done by the women in our region," said Knouse of the award. Knouse was nominated by her staff and community leaders off post.

The complete list of winners can be found at

Vacation Bible School set for Aug. 3 – 7, sign up today  

One of the first opportunities for kids to get to know each other before the school year is the annual Vacation Bible School at the post chapel, which is set for Aug. 3- 7 this year.

The program is aimed at children aged 4 through 6thgrade. Kids can be registered at the post chapel at 455 Mara Circle.

This year’s theme is Hometown Nazareth, where Jesus was a kid. Children step back in time at Hometown Nazareth, exploring what it was like to live in the town where Jesus grew up. Kids participate in a memorable Bible-times marketplace, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, dig into Bible-times snacks, visit Jesus’ mom, Mary, and collect Bible Memory Makers to remind them of God’s Word.

Each day concludes at Celebration—a time of upbeat worship that gets everyone involved. Kids and adults at Hometown Nazareth will collect nonperishable food for Project Share, a local food bank that helps feed the needy of Carlisle.

Volunteers needed

More than one hundred volunteers help during this event and include adults, college age, and teens 7thgrade and up. For the safety of the children, which is our main priority, all volunteers will be background checked.  If you would like to help out with this event, contact the Chapel at 245-3318.

OPM update on cyber security incident

As you may already be aware, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) recently became aware of a cyber security incident affecting its systems and data that may have compromised the Personally Identifiable Information (PII) of current and former Federal employees. Data breaches can be confusing, even scary, and we hope this message, additional resources, and the notification process will help explain this incident.

As a result of an investigation to determine the impact of this cyber security incident to Federal personnel, OPM is notifying about four million federal civilians whose PII may have been compromised. This incident affects current and former Federal, including DoD, personnel. Only contractors who previously held Federal civilian positions were affected, and this incident did not affect military records.

All affected personnel are automatically enrolled in identity theft insurance through CSID, a company that specializes in identity theft protection and fraud resolution. Additional credit monitoring services will be provided upon registration. To learn more about these services, please visit the OPM Website ( and click on the homepage banner that says "Important Information about the Recent Cyber security Incident."

OPM began sending out email notifications on Monday, June 8 via CSID through a generic email address ( These initial emails instructed recipients to click on an embedded link to register for their credit monitoring services. Recognizing the inherent security concerns in this methodology, DOD, with OPM and CSID support, has suspended notifications to DOD until an improved, more secure notification and response process is in place. DOD is working closely with the White House, OPM, and other federal partners to establish notification procedures that will allow DOD personnel to reliably, confidently receive these notifications, and register for the full benefits to which they are entitled.

If you have received a notification via email from this email account and entered your PIN, you have registered for these credit monitoring services. If you disregarded that email or have not yet received it, don't worry - you are automatically enrolled in the identity theft insurance, and you will receive notice via email or mail sometime soon.

Many of you have exercised cyber security best practices during the course of this notification process, and we thank you for your diligence. Moving forward, you will receive notice through this credit-monitoring registration process via email or mail sometime soon. If you would like to learn more about this incident or the services in which you may already be enrolled, please visit the Website.

Thank you for your patience and the DoD workforce will be kept informed of notifications pertaining to this incident via email, the website, and other methods.

Happy 240th Army Birthday!

Carlisle Barracks, Pa. -- Senior Army leaders gathered at the Letort View Community Center, June 12, in celebration of the Army's 240th birthday, which falls on June 14.

US Army War College Commandant, Maj. Gen William E. Rapp kicked off the celebration, making several points to the audience of Army members, civilians and guests of grit, history and values.  He accentuated how still today the Army of 2015 stays true to the ideals of the Army of 1775.

Maj. Gen. William E. Rapp, Commandant, US Army War College (Center), celebrates the Army’s 240th birthday with Carlisle’s service members and civilians. Pictured from left to Right are: Civilian Employee of the year, Mr. Dana Hare, Solider of the Quarter, Spc. Dennis Swanson, youngest Soldier on post Pvt. Talon Gotowale, the oldest Soldier on post Col. (chap) Gregory D’Emma and NCO of the Year 2014 Sgt. Brittany Slogar.


“The ability to execute the mission while upholding America’s gritty determination, compassion and values is the hall mark of the Army, here and everywhere,” said Maj. Gen. William E. Rapp, Commandant, US Army War College. “This place, Carlisle Barracks, is the epitome of all we celebrate today for the Army Birthday.

“We put family front and center here because they deserve it. Our strength as an Army is linked to the strength of support from our families who provide unwavering love and support, said Rapp. Through good times and challenging times, committed to their soldiers and to the comrades. The Army Birthday is rightfully a celebration of families,” said Rapp.

June 14 marks the 240th anniversary since the creation of what would become the United States Army. The oldest of the U.S. Armed Services, the Army was established by the Continental Congress in 1775 and later became a military department of the U.S. federal government under the Constitution, enacted in 1789. That Army consisted of about 22,000 militia men from across the American colonies, according to an news article.

“Since 1757, the story of the Army has been intertwined with the Carlisle story. We depend upon and treasure the support of our neighbors,” Rapp said. “Here and across the nation, the Army Birthday is a moment to note community kindness and support to our Army’s home front. My thanks to those community leaders who continue to support out soldiers and families.  

“Today, we recognize that, from the American Revolution to the operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, the American Army has represented the best attributes this country has to offer,” he said.

Ceremony marks Carlisle Barracks leadership transition

Lt. Col. Greg Ank, new Carlisle Barracks Garrison Commander, passes the guidon to new Command Sgt. Maj. Nelson Maldonado during the change of command and responsibility ceremony June 12 on the historic parade grounds.

June 12, 2015  -- In the center of one of the most historic installations in the Army, Carlisle Barracks hosted one of the most important and tradition-rich ceremonies with a change of command and responsibility ceremony for the U.S. Army Garrison June 12.

Lt. Col. Greg Ank and Command Sgt. Maj. Nelson Maldonado took the reins of the garrison that provides support and quality of life services for multiple tenants, including the U.S. Army War College, from Lt. Col. Kimberly Peeples and Command Sgt. Major Charles Rosado.

Peeples reflected on her time in command and focused the bulk of her remarks on the installations most important resources -- its people.

“It has been an honor to serve with such an amazing group of dedicated professionals within the Carlisle Barracks and Carlisle Community,” she said. “You care about service to the Nation, you care about the mission, you care about your customers, and you care about each other.”

“I want to thank each and every one of you for your dedicated support and dedication to our Army, Soldiers and Families – and I am grateful for the opportunity that I had to lead this Garrison.”

Rosado said he would always treasure the welcoming and supportive environment of the Carlisle Barracks community.

“The staff here is phenomenal and made me and my family welcome from day one,” he said. “Thank you for what you do every day for our Soldiers and our family members.  Thank you for what you do for our community, our Army and our nation. It has been my honor to be your command sergeant major.”


Lt. Col. Kimberly Peeples, outgoing Garrison Commander, thanked the employees of Carlisle Barracks for their support, hard work and dedication to the mission during her remarks. Peeples will remain at Carlisle Barracks as a member of the Army War College Class of 2016.

Peeples and Rosado served as the command team at Carlisle Barracks more than two years, a time that saw many changes in post’s landscape. Many quality-of-life initiates came to fruition and completion during their time here to include the completion and opening of the Sgt. Andrew McConnell Youth Center, the final phase of construction of brand-new housing, the fielding of a second fire company, as well as the upgrading of the electrical, water distribution and fiber optic systems.

“This command team postured the garrison for continued success on its path to accomplish its base operations mission now and in the future,” said Davis Tindoll, director of the Atlantic Region for Installation Management Command, and the officiating officer. “They effectively and efficiently managed installation resources during a time of unprecedented uncertainty, including the impact of sequestration. They have demonstrated to the entire Army the standard for consistent, quality services and support.”

While each of the projects presented their own unique challenges, the experience and expert support she received from the staff and Army War College leadership ensured success, according to Peeples.

Command Sgt. Major Charles Rosado, outgoing CSM, spoke to the audience and his Soldiers for a final time. Rosado will assume a staff position at Carlisle Barracks.

 “While I am proud of these tremendous accomplishments, what sets Carlisle Barracks apart is that extra step without being asked,” she said. “It is as simple as a warm smile when a parent drops off their child at day care after having a rough morning, an off duty visit from our firefighters and police officers to ensure everything is going ok, a staff member walking in the opposite direction to ensure a visitor finds their way, co-workers attending key events for each other celebrating life and honoring death. This list is endless.

“You exemplify what right looks like.”

Peeples will remain at Carlisle Barracks as a member of the USAWC Class of 2016 and Rosado is assuming a staff position here.

Ank said that he and Maldonado were honored to be chosen to assume the leadership of the Garrison.

“I’ve had multiple senior officers and NCOs describe Carlisle Barracks and its supportive community as a magical place,” he said. “Command Sargent Major Maldonado and I are extremely fortunate, blessed and ready to be the next temporary custodians to lead this talented team.”

Maldonado marked an end to the ceremony by releasing the honor guard, under the command of Sgt. 1stClass Eric Towns.

Lt. Col. Greg Ank bio

Lt. Col. Greg W. Ank was born in Dubois, PA and grew up in Mantua, OH.  He received his commission from US Army Officer Candidate School in 1997.  Since then, LTC Ank has held multiple positions in the Military Intelligence (S2/J2) field at various locations.  In South Korea he was an Assistant S2 for 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division and for the 1-506th Parachute Infantry Regiment.  He also served as a Battlefield Intelligence Collection Coordinator with the 3-325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, Ft. Bragg, NC.  After September 11, 2001, he was assigned to the Coalition Forces Land Component Command at Camp Doha, Kuwait as an Intelligence Operations officer and acted as the 407th Sustainment Brigade S2 in Uzbekistan and a liaison to the Kuwaiti Ministry of Defense.  LTC Ank served as Company Commander, Defense Language Institute at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, and then spent a couple years as Adjutant and Intelligence Observer/Trainer, Battle Command Training Program, Ft. Leavenworth, KS.  He was assigned to Hawaii with the 130th Engineer Brigade as the S2 for an Iraq deployment and subsequently served as a Joint Intelligence Operations officer for Special Operations Command, Pacific, where he was also a component J2 in the Philippines.  He is coming to Carlisle from Ft. Sam Houston, Texas where he serves as an Intelligence and Security Cooperation strategic planner.

Command Sgt. Maj. Maldonado bio

Command Sergeant Major Nelson Maldonado Jr. entered the U.S. Army in February 1989. He received his Basic and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Benning, GA where he was awarded the MOS 11B. After three years as an infantryman he reclassified and was awarded the MOS 25P. During his 26 years of service, Command Sergeant Major Maldonado has held numerous leadership positions, which include Rifleman, Technical Controller, Installer, Instructor, Network Communications Team leader, CG Communications Team Chief, Circuit Manager, DISA Network Manager, Section Chief, First Sergeant, Battalion Operations Sergeant Major, Brigade Operations Sergeant Major, Battle Command System Directorate Sergeant Major, and Cyber Center of Excellence Directorate of Training Sergeant Major.

His previous assignments include 10th Mountain Division (Light), Fort Drum NY; 41st Signal Battalion, Yongsan Korea; 504th Signal Battalion, Fort Huachuca AZ; USAREUR/7th Army, Heidelberg Germany; 81ST Regional Support Command, East Point GA; DISA, Wheeler Army Airfield, HI; NSA, Fort Gordon GA; 58th Signal Battalion, Okinawa Japan; 1st Space Brigade, Peterson AFB CO and Cyber Center of Excellence, Fort Gordon GA. Other deployments include Operation Joint Endeavor (Bosnia) from April 1998 to May 1999, and Operation Iraqi Freedom from September 2003 –March 2004 as a member of CENTCOM.

Throughout his career, Command Sergeant Major Maldonado has continued to further both his military and civilian education and training. He completed the Staff Officer/ Engineer Course, Communications Electronic Installers Course, Basic Instructor Training, Standardized COMSEC Custodian Course, Space Fundamentals, Master Resilience Course, The Space 200 Course, Senior Training Education Managers Course, Fiber Optics Certification, UNIX and Shell Programming, Network Essentials, Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices, Advanced Cisco Router Configuration, Fundamentals of Satellite Communications, DSCS Network Planning Software, DSCS Integrated Management System, Structured Self-Development Level five, and completed all levers of NCOES. Command Sergeant Major Maldonado is a graduate of the Sergeants Major Academy, Class 62. Command Sergeant Major Maldonado has earned an Associate’s Degree in General Studies with Liberty University, a Bachelor’s of Science with Excelsior College and a Master of Business Administration with Trident University.

His awards and decorations include the Aviation Crewmember Badge, the Army Space Badge, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLC), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (5 OLC), Joint Service Achievement Medal (1 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (5 OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal eight Award, National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star, Korean Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with Numeral four, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon with Numeral four,  NATO Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Order of Saint Dominic and the Silver and Bronze Order of Mercury.

CSM Maldonado is married and has five children.


Army Substance Abuse Program
Summer Sense Campaign - What parents need to know about college drinking  

June 11, 2015 -- The following information was gathered from The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board LCB-307 03/14 and The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.


You’ve studied long and hard. You’ve kept up your grades. You’ve worked many hours for your degree. Finally you land that important job interview. You know - the interview for the dream job that you’ve set your sights on since before college? This job could be the springboard that will launch your career and set you on a new life journey.

After the interview, you hear from the company’s Human Resources officer. You impressed them! They are very interested in making you a job offer and the starting salary is much better than you had hoped.

A background check.

And there it is—the question that leaves you with a sickening feeling in the pit of your stomach—the one that asks if you’ve ever been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony.

A lot of students don’t realize how one moment of bad judgment can jeopardize all of their hard work and academic success.

 Convictions including:

• carrying or manufacturing a false ID,

• misrepresentation of your age to purchase or attempt to purchase liquor or malt or brewed beverages,

• driving under the influence,

• disorderly conduct, or

• purchasing and/or furnishing liquor or malt or brewed beverages to minors, can mean that a number of occupations — from real estate broker to funeral director to chiropractor—will remain beyond your reach.

Many professions that require further licensing or certification beyond your degree may be unattainable if you have been convicted of an alcohol-related offense in Pennsylvania. Several professions, especially those which serve the public, have standards about good moral character and judgment. Such qualities are crucial for these practitioners to have, because they make decisions about the health and safety of the public.

Underage Drinking is a summary offense in Pennsylvania. While a summary offense will not prevent you from getting a license, it will show up on a background check. A prospective employer can still use it as a reason not to hire you.

If there’s one lesson you take to heart as you work toward your degree, make it this one: act with responsibility when it comes to alcohol or you may find, regardless of your good grades and hard work, your degree doesn’t matter.

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 (Hingson et al., 2009).
  • Injury: 599,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are unintentionally injured under the influence of alcohol (Hingson et al., 2009).
  • Assault: 696,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are assaulted by another student who has been drinking (Hingson et al., 2009).
  • Sexual Abuse: 97,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape (Hingson et al., 2009).
  • 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 (Hingson et al., 2002).
  • 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 (Engs et al., 1996; Presley et al., 1996a,1996b; Wechsler et al., 2002).
  • Health Problems/Suicide Attempts:More than 150,000 students develop an alcohol-related health problem (Hingson et al., 2002), 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 (Presley et al., 1998).
  • Drunk Driving:3,360,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 drive under the influence of alcohol (Hingson et al., 2009).
  • Vandalism:About 11 percent of college student drinkers report that they have damaged property while under the influence of alcohol (Wechsler et al., 2002).
  • 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 (Wechsler et al., 1995).
  • Police Involvement:About 5 percent of 4-year college students are involved with the police or campus security as a result of their drinking (Wechsler et al., 2002), 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 (Hingson et al., 2002).
  • 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 (Knight et al., 2002).

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

Choosing the Right College

Like many parents, students, and administrators, you may be doing some research on colleges and universities. You've probably looked into:

  • Academics
  • Course offerings
  • Athletic facilities
  • Housing conditions
  • School reputation

During your research, it's essential to remember a key issue, one that influences college students' quality of life every day: the culture of drinking at colleges in the United States.

An "Animal House" environment may seem exciting to students at first, but nothing affects health, safety, and academic performance more than a culture of excessive drinking. Many of the negative consequences associated with college alcohol abuse affect students who themselves are not drinking-and these are serious consequences: sexual assault, violence, vandalism, loss of sleep, and caring for friends and roommates in life-threatening states of alcohol poisoning.

There are a number of ways to investigate whether the schools you're considering are taking this problem seriously. Be sure that each school has created solid alcohol policies and is enforcing underage drinking laws. has made it easy for you to get this information for hundreds of colleges and universities in the United States.

  • Visit our College Alcohol Policies page to find an interactive map of college alcohol policies throughout the United States.

To see college drinking-related headlines, check out our In the News page.

Parents: A Primary Influence

As a parent you continue to be a primary influence in your son's or daughter's life. You are key in helping them choose the right college so that they get the best education possible. At the same time, you also need to ensure that when they go off to college they live in a safe environment. There are three distinct stages in which you, as a parent, contribute in critical ways to the decision making involving your college-bound son or daughter:

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,


Influence of Living Arrangements on Drinking Behavior

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.

  • 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.
  • If there are fraternities and/or sororities on campus, inquire about their influence on the overall social atmosphere at the college.
  • Ask if the school offers Friday classes.


Important Facts for Parents

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

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 involves alcohol.
  • Find out the number of liquor law violations and alcohol-related injuries and deaths the campus has had in previous years.
  • Finally, consider the location of the college and how it may affect the social atmosphere.

II. Parents of a College Freshman—Staying 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]
  • Make certain that they understand how alcohol use can lead to date rape, violence, and academic failure.

III. Parents of a College Student Facing an Alcohol-Related Crisis—Getting Assistance

  • Be aware of the signs of possible alcohol abuse by your son or daughter (e.g., lower grades, never available or reluctant to talk with you, unwilling to talk about activities with friends, trouble with campus authorities, serious mood changes).
  • If you believe your son or daughter is having a problem with alcohol, do not blame them, but find appropriate treatment.
  • Call and/or visit campus health services and ask to speak with a counselor.
  • Indicate to the Dean of Students, either in person or by email, your interest in the welfare of your son or daughter and that you want to be actively involved in his or her recovery despite the geographic separation.
  • If your son or daughter is concerned about his or her alcohol consumption, or that of a friend, have them check out for information about alcohol and their health.
  • Pay your son or daughter an unexpected visit. Ask to meet their friends. Attend Parents' Weekend and other campus events open to parents.
  • Continue to stay actively involved in the life of your son or daughter. Even though they may be away at college, they continue to be an extension of your family and its values.

In 1999, a majority of college and university presidents identified alcohol abuse as one of the greatest problems facing campus life and students. A Call to Action: Changing the Culture of Drinking at U.S. Colleges presents a series of recommendations to college presidents, researchers, parents, and students to deal with this continuing public health problem in a scientific and sensible way. We encourage parents to continue to educate themselves by referring to and using the materials at

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

Army secretary to step down

June 9, 2015 -- Army Secretary John M. McHugh has announced that he will resign effective Nov. 1, in which he hopes will afford ample opportunity for a smooth transition.

McHugh has been in discussions with both the defense secretary and the deputy defense secretary, and expressed his desire several weeks ago to depart as Army secretary. McHugh expressed his gratitude to the president and his appreciation to the defense secretary, most importantly, the men and women of the Army for the tremendous honor to serve as secretary for these many years.

"Secretary McHugh has been a tremendous public servant for decades, and he has helped lead the Army through a period of challenge and change," said Defense Secretary Ash Carter. "There will be much time in the coming months to appropriately celebrate his many accomplishments, but for now, I will just say that every Soldier is better off because of his hard work and vision, and so is the country."

New commander slated for Dunham Army Health Clinic

June 9, 2015  – Lt. Col. Michael Belenky will take command of the Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic at a change of command ceremony here Tuesday, June 16 at 11 a.m. at Wheelock Bandstand on Carlisle Barracks. Col. Laura Trinkle, the MEDDAC Commander at Fort George G. Meade, Md., will officiate.

Belenky most recently served as the Medical Operations and Readiness Officer at The Joint Staff J-4, Health Services Division, in Washington D.C.

He is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His Army assignments include Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, Fort Campbell, Kentucky

The outgoing commander, Col. Rebecca Porter, willnext assume command of the DiLorenzeo TRICARE Health Clinic in the Pentagon.

Due to the change of command, the clinic will be closed until 1 p.m. and will remain open until 7 p.m.

National Security Seminar members enhance War College experience: Learning from one another

June 5, 2015 --  You are important for our Army War College students, said Commandant Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp Monday as he welcomed almost 160 American citizens with no military ties, to spend a week in seminar. These new seminar members mingled with the 385 colonels, lieutenant colonels and senior civilians of federal agencies who would complete the 10-mon graduate-level studies Friday.

James Wilson, Chief of Police Hope, AR. Sits with his military escort Col. Christopher A. Burns, during the Army War College National Security Seminar, Root Hall, June 1-4.

The new members of Army War College seminars traveled from 36 states, D.C. and overseas to learn and, more importantly to challenge and guide the student-officers in understanding the views of fellow Americans. “We shall learn from one another” is the theme that underpins the seminar structure here. For 10 months, the 385 students have tested assumptions, shared expertise, and developed critical thinking skills and sophisticated understanding of national security issues because each seminar includes representatives of all military Services, several foreign countries, and interagency partners.

This week, leaders in academia, charity, labor, business, politics, law, religion, entertainment, private foundations, and multiple other fields raised the ability to ‘learn from one another’to a new height.

Lt. Col. Charles B. Dockery escorts Mr. Kenneth Lewis, Attorney (left) to Bliss Hall while Lt. Col. Curtis W. King converses with Jon Knouse of Catalyic Holdings during the 61st Annual National Security Seminar, June 1-4.

In one seminar, 16 students were joined by seven new members -- a mayor, a hospital marketing executive, two corporate owners, a city public services director, and a state supreme court judge – to explore topics ranging from public opinion, use of economic levers on the world scene, empowering and leading millennials, comparisons of diplomacy in the Cold War and today, the lens of power and of religion with respect to ISIL, fault-lines and extremists. Discussions were marked by different opinions and shared perspectives, respectful dialogue, questions, and a sharing of expertise. The new members considered their own views through the words of a Special Operations officer; they discussed cyber threats with the perspective of intelligence and signal officers; they heard about China and Boko Haram from international officers from the Pacific region and from Africa.

A sophisticated level of discussion matched the theme of the week – exploring United States’ ability to integrate its national elements of power: diplomatic, informational, military and economic. Students have studied the role and application of DIME power throughout the year. Experts commented on DIME policy and power throughout the week – inspiring the seminar discussions.

Lt. Col. Clayton E. Kuetemeyer looks to have begun in-depth discussions with Rick Fredericksen an Iowa Public Radio Reporter during the 61st Annual National Security Seminar, June 1-4.


DIPLOMACY: Dr. James Steinberg is former Deputy Secretary of State, and currently the dean and professor of Social Science, International Affairs and Law at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. He characterized three levels of diplomatic problems. He described 21stcentury problems related to an increasingly-globalized community, and minilateralism emerging as a unique way to bring together the smallest possible number of countries needed to have the largest possible impact on a particular problem.

In contrast, 19thcentury problems are those of state-on-state interactions in competition over territory and resources. He called “a-sensitive problems’ those where traditional diplomacy does not apply, as with radical ideological terror groups, and for these social media become means to convey messages to areas where diplomats cannot enter or media is controlled.

INFORMATION: Retired Navy Vice Admiral Mike McConnell served as the director of NSA from 1992-96 and as Director of National Intelligence from 2007 to 2009, under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. His message was simple, that there’s no computer system in the world that can’t be broken with adequate sophistication and persistence. His discussion of the government’s efforts to coordinate and cooperate across all federal agencies and Congress was rich with anecdotes and insights about the effects of intelligence-sharing regulations.

McConnell referred to the ability of the Goldwater-Nichols Act to require closer inter-Service, or joint, coordination and suggested that the U.S. needs a fundamental initiative like Goldwater-Nichols to force change in how we share information.

Col. Joseph S. Peterson (left) meets Cedar City, Utah, Mayor Maile Wilson during the 61st Annual National Security Seminar, June 1-4.

MILITARY:  Recently-retired Gen. Charles Jacoby drew from his experience as commander of NORAD/USNORTHCOM to focus his argument that military power must be integrated with other tools of power. His examples reflected that the United States is good at this integrated approach but not nearly good enough. To explain the concept, he suggested that ISIS does leverage all instruments of power.

Strong, trusted partnerships and integrated whole-of-government approaches comprise the lynchpin for our nation’s security, Jacoby suggested, and that homeland defense will depend on our ability to integrate approaches, be a reliable partner, and hone our strategic agility.

ECONOMIC:  He learned as the US trade representative that trade was one approach to international relations that worked in collaboration with military and other strategies, said Amb. Ron Kirk, former US Trade Representative from March 2009 to March 2013. We ought to have an economic relationship in the Asia-Pacific to match the military investments in the region, he said. Given that 40 percent of the world’s consumers will be in this region, we will want to be anchored in this region, he suggested.

Marine Lt. Col. Thomas H. Campbell and community guest Whitney Grespin, of Sloan Manor Consulting, converse as they walk in the hall of flags.

A smart trade policy gets us rooted in other countries, he said, discussing investment in other nations’ nuclear energy industry, as example.  We’re exporting more than just goods and service, he said, we’re exporting our values because of the civilian non-proliferation standards that can be incorporated into our industry partners.

Social opportunities and a Gettysburg Battlefield Staff Ride rounded out the week for the NSS members. Four USAWC faculty-historians led the staff ride, giving the Army War College perspective on the Civil War generals’ decision making.

Mutual of America and the Army War College Foundation sponsor the National Security Seminar.

CSA honors Army War College Class of 2015: intellectual, strategic, necessary

Gen Odierno: Army War College graduates ready for global challenge, complexity of 2015-2025

June 5, 2015  –  Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno honored the graduating Army War College Class of 2015 with formal remarks  at a cool and colorful ceremony today on the historic parade ground of 258- year old Carlisle Barracks, Pa.

Gen. Raymond Odierno speaks to Army War College Class of 2015.  His full remarks are available on video at

Odierno shared the graduates’ sense of celebration with a reference to his own Army War College graduation some 20 years ago, remembering a special year for him and for his family, and “an important opportunity to learn with partners and peers from other services, agencies, and nations.”  The opportunity for partnership is even greater now, with a graduating class of 387 men and women of the Joint Force (217 Army, 32 Air Force, 17 Marine Corps, 12 Navy and one Coast Guard officer) who study alongside 79 international officers from 73 countries, and 29 senior federal civilians who will lead interagency efforts in national security.

Coast Guard Cmdr Bill Dwyer leaves stage after receiving Secretary of Defense writing award for his strategy research paper: “Interesting Times . . . China’s Strategic Interests in the Arctic.”

He thanked the Army War College staff and faculty for commitment to rigorous learning, sharing an alumni-insider joke about this class being more intellectual than athletic: “I’m proud of you,” he said. “As I listened to the [class of 2015 student writing awards] as they announced the awardees coming across the stage, I think what was most impressive to me were the topics they discussed – many so current and so important to us as Americans … and also for the international community.”

Odierno connected the graduates’ accomplishments to the challenges awaiting them and emphasized how important they will be as operational and strategic leaders. “Strategic leadership requires an understanding of the intricacies of the environment … the ability to craft and communicate a vision … selfless commitment to your mission…. It requires that you demonstrate competence, commitment and character in every action you take,” he said. “Most importantly, it requires that you take on the development and mentorship of the next generation of young leaders who will follow you.”

 “I am asking you to provide the leadership needed in critical positions across the joint, inter-organizational and multinational environment,” said the Army’s Chief of Staff. “This is a time – now, more than ever – when our leaders will be required to step forward and solve seemingly insoluble problems, and a time when our leaders need to invest and lead our most precious resources: our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen.

“You are those leaders, and I know that you’re ready for the challenge.”

As he urged the graduating leaders to consider where we are in history, how we are strategizing for today’s complexity and challenge, and what’s envisioned for the future, he gave his first public comments about the newly-published Army Vision 2015-2025: Strategic Advantage in a Complex World.

He linked the Army Vision to the character of warfare today. “We are experiencing challenges across every continent … caused by competition for resources, shifting alliances, empowered networks, unprecedented information access, and quickening devolutions of power,” said Odierno. “Anarchy, extremism and terrorism threaten stability across regions around the world. Radicalism is as predominant as it is corrosive.”

Students of seminar 1 are ready.

The vision for the next decade positions the Army as a partner in the Joint Force and the international arena. Education, training, and investment will be the tools to prepare for complex and chaotic situations, to include urban environments.  Odierno stressed that in order to win in a complex world, the force must be characterized by improved lethality, protection and situational awareness;  increased deployability, lethality, mobility, and survivability of maneuver formations; investment in networks and agile and expeditionary tactical command posts; and tailorable and scalable forces for joint combined arms maneuver.

“So, it is imperative … in the face of security threats abroad and troop reductions and fiscal uncertainties here at home, that we and our partners work collaboratively in pursuit of lasting solutions,” he said.

“Looking to the future, we must develop leaders who are mentally and physically tough, innovative and adaptive, able to inspire others to accomplish the unthinkable, and most importantly be leaders of great character,” he said, “And I am looking to you.”

“I commend each of you for your longstanding service to your country and your willingness to take the higher levels of responsibility.”

Below: Accomplishment and celebration. Find stage photos for every graduate -- and many more photos throughout the ceremony, before and after, at

OPM to notify employees of cybersecurity incident

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has identified a cybersecurity incident potentially affecting personnel data for current and former federal employees, including personally identifiable information (PII).

Within the last year, the OPM has undertaken an aggressive effort to update its cybersecurity posture, adding numerous tools and capabilities to its networks.  As a result, in April 2015, OPM detected a cyber-intrusion affecting its information technology (IT) systems and data. The intrusion predated the adoption of the tougher security controls.

OPM has partnered with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to determine the full impact to Federal personnel. OPM continues to improve security for the sensitive information it manages and evaluates its IT security protocols on a continuous basis to protect sensitive data to the greatest extent possible. Since the intrusion, OPM has instituted additional network security precautions, including: restricting remote access for network administrators and restricting network administration functions remotely; a review of all connections to ensure that only legitimate business connections have access to the internet; and deploying anti-malware software across the environment to protect and prevent the deployment or execution of tools that could compromise the network.

As a result of the incident, OPM will send notifications to approximately 4 million individuals whose PII may have been compromised.  Since the investigation is on-going, additional PII exposures may come to light; in that case, OPM will conduct additional notifications as necessary.  In order to mitigate the risk of fraud and identity theft, OPM is offering credit report access, credit monitoring and identify theft insurance and recovery services to potentially affected individuals through CSID®, a company that specializes in these services.  This comprehensive, 18-month membership includes credit monitoring and $1 million in identity theft protection services at no cost to enrollees.

“Protecting our Federal employee data from malicious cyber incidents is of the highest priority at OPM,” said OPM Director Katherine Archuleta. “We take very seriously our responsibility to secure the information stored in our systems, and in coordination with our agency partners, our experienced team is constantly identifying opportunities to further protect the data with which we are entrusted.”

OPM has issued the following guidance to affected individuals:

  • Monitor financial account statements and immediately report any suspicious or unusual activity to financial institutions.
  • Request a free credit report at or by calling 1-877-322-8228.  Consumers are entitled by law to one free credit report per year from each of the three major credit bureaus – Equifax®, Experian®, and TransUnion® – for a total of three reports every year.  Contact information for the credit bureaus can be found on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) website,
  • Review resources provided on the FTC identity theft website,  The FTC maintains a variety of consumer publications providing comprehensive information on computer intrusions and identity theft.
  • You may place a fraud alert on your credit file to let creditors know to contact you before opening a new account in your name.  Simply call TransUnion® at 1-800-680-7289 to place this alert.  TransUnion® will then notify the other two credit bureaus on your behalf.

How to avoid being a victim:

  • Be suspicious of unsolicited phone calls, visits, or email messages from individuals asking about employees or other internal information.  If an unknown individual claims to be from a legitimate organization, try to verify his or her identity directly with the company.
  • Do not provide personal information or information about your organization, including its structure or networks, unless you are certain of a person’s authority to have the information.
  • Do not reveal personal or financial information in email, and do not respond to email solicitations for this information. This includes following links sent in email.
  • Do not send sensitive information over the Internet before checking a website’s security (for more information, see Protecting Your Privacy,
  • Pay attention to the URL of a website.  Malicious websites may look identical to a legitimate site, but the URL may use a variation in spelling or a different domain (e.g., .com vs. .net).
  • If you are unsure whether an email request is legitimate, try to verify it by contacting the company directly.  Do not use contact information provided on a website connected to the request; instead, check previous statements for contact information.  Information about known phishing attacks is also available online from groups such as the Anti-Phishing Working Group (
  • Install and maintain anti-virus software, firewalls, and email filters to reduce some of this traffic (for more information, see Understanding Firewalls,; Understanding Anti-Virus Software,; and Reducing Spam,
  • Take advantage of any anti-phishing features offered by your email client and web browser.
  • Employees should take steps to monitor their personally identifiable information and report any suspected instances of identity theft to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at

Potentially affected individuals can obtain additional information about the steps they can take to avoid identity theft from the following agencies. The FTC also encourages those who discover that their information has been misused to file a complaint with them.

Students share graduation day of celebration with faculty: 5 Teaching Awards announced

June 5, 2015 -- After the procession of faculty and leadership … before the graduation remarks by Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno … before the award of almost 400 USAWC diplomas and, for many graduates, the Master’s degree in Strategic Studies, the College leadership focused the audience’s attention on the top faculty of the School of Strategic Landpower.

The Excellence-in-Teaching awards co-exist with Faculty Excellence-in-Service  and Excellence-in-Scholarship awards, presented to the full body of students and faculty, May 29.  Together, they embody the aspiration for faculty in three standards of excellence. The Faculty Excellence-in-Teaching Awards incorporate the assessments of students themselves – the beneficiaries of commitment, expertise and guidance from all faculty.

Today’s the College celebrated these award recipients for Excellence-in-Teaching for the core courses and electives:                      

                COL William B. Maddox, Department of National Security and Strategy

                COL Frederick J. Gellert, Department of Command, Leadership, and Management

                COL Tarn D. Warren, Department of Military Strategy, Planning and Operations.

                Dr. Paul C. Jussel, elective course instruction

                Prof. Steve Kidder, elective course instruction.





Above, Col. William Maddox with Dean Dr. Richard Lacquement; below that, Col. Fred Gellert with Commandant Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp.

Left, Col. Tarn Warren with Commandant Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp.

 Prof. Steve Kidder (below left) and Dr. Paul Jussel (below right) greet Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Raymond Odierno, after receiving awards of Excellence-in-Teaching.

Obama honors two WWI Soldiers with Medals of Honor

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Army News Service, June 2, 2015) -- President Barack Obama honored two World War I Soldiers with Medals of Honor, June 2, saying it was long overdue and the nation will work as long as it takes to make sure "all the heroes' stories are told."

The White House ceremony comes nearly a century after the valorous acts of Pvt. Henry Johnson, who was African-American, and Sgt. William Shemin, who was Jewish.

"It has taken a long time for Henry Johnson and William Shemin to receive the recognition they deserve," the president said. "There are surely others, whose heroism is still unacknowledged and uncelebrated."

Johnson and Shemin served on the battlefields of France and risked their lives to save others, Obama said.

"They both left us decades ago, before we could give them the full recognition that they deserved," Obama said. But it is never too late to say "thank you," he said.

"America is the country we are today because of people like Henry and William - Americans, who signed up to serve, and rose to meet their responsibilities - and then went beyond," he said.

"The least we can do is to say: We know who you are. We know what you did for us. We are forever grateful," he said.

Johnson enlisted in the Army and was assigned to Company C, 15th New York (Colored) Infantry Regiment, - an all-black National Guard unit, which would later become the 369th Infantry Regiment, known as the "Harlem Hellfighters."

He is credited with helping fight off a German raiding party and protecting a fellow Soldier from capture, May 15, 1918.

Shemin was assigned as a rifleman to Company G, 47th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, American Expeditionary Forces, in France.

He repeatedly exposed himself to enemy fire to rescue wounded troops during combat operations during the Aisne-Marne Offensive in France, Aug. 7-9, 1918. After platoon leaders had become casualties, Shemin took command and displayed initiative under fire, until he was wounded by shrapnel and a machine-gun bullet.


Johnson was ordered to the front lines in 1918. Johnson and his unit were attached to a French army command in the vicinity of the Tourbe and Aisne Rivers, northwest of Saint Menehoul, France.

Obama said Johnson "became a legend" when he and another Soldier, Needham Roberts, were confronted in the pitch-black, pre-dawn hours by a German raiding party of at least a dozen men while on sentry duty.

Johnson fired until his rifle was empty; he and Roberts threw grenades and both of them were hit, with Roberts losing consciousness, Obama said. As the enemy tried to carry away Roberts, Johnson fought back. After his gun jammed, he used it and a Bolo knife to take down the enemy and protect Roberts from capture.

While Johnson was one of the first Americans to receive France's highest award for valor, "his own nation did't award him anything - not even the Purple Heart, though he had been wounded 21 times," Obama said.

"Nothing for his bravery, though he had saved a fellow Soldier at great risk to himself. His injuries left him crippled. He couldn't find work. His marriage fell apart, and in his early 30s, he passed away," Obama said.

While the nation cannot change what happened to Johnson and other Soldiers like him, who were judged by the color of their skin, "we can do our best to make it right," Obama said, noting Johnson received a Purple Heart in 1996. He received a Distinguished Service Cross in 2002.

"Today, 97 years after his extraordinary acts of courage and selflessness, I'm proud to award him the Medal of Honor," Obama said.

Command Sgt. Maj. Louis Wilson, of the New York National Guard, accepted the medal on Johnson's behalf. Soldiers from the 369th were among the attendees.

Johnson left the Army as a sergeant, Wilson noted in an interview Monday. The legacy of Johnson, through his valorous acts that night and as a leader and noncommissioned officer, continues on, he said.

"It's a blessing; it's an honor; it's a good thing that Henry Johnson is finally being recognized as a hero," Wilson said.


Shemin repeatedly ventured out of the trenches into the open field to rescue wounded comrades, Obama said. The open space separating the Allies from the Germans was a "bloodbath," he said.

"Soldier after Soldier ventured out, and Soldier after Soldier was mowed down," Obama said. "Those still in the trenches were left with a terrible choice: die trying to rescue your fellow Soldier, or watch him die, knowing that part of you will die along with him."

Shemin could not sit by and ran out in the "hell of No Man's Land" three times, racing through heavy machine-gun fire to carry Soldiers to safety, Obama said.

During the battle, which stretched on for days, Shemin stepped up and took command after officers became causalities. He reorganized depleted squads and led rescues of the wounded, Obama said.

Shemin, the son of Russian immigrants, was devoted to service and the nation, Obama said.

But he served at a time when the contributions and heroism of Jewish Americans in uniform were too often overlooked, the president said.

"William Shemin saved American lives. He represented our nation with honor, and so it is my privilege, on behalf of the American people, to make this right and finally award the Medal of Honor to Sgt. William Shemin," Obama said.

Shemin's daughters, Elsie Shemin-Roth and Ina Bass, accepted the Medal of Honor on behalf of their father, who died in 1973.

He was a wonderful, hardworking, generous man, who loved serving his country, said Shemin-Roth during an interview Monday. He had high expectations for his three children and 14 grandchildren.

"He told us all to always do more than you are asked," she said. He taught the entire family how to properly salute and fold a flag.

While he could not sleep well at night, had painful wounds from the war and shrapnel in his back, was deaf in one ear, and had a "nervous disorder" - today some would call Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - he still had the "most wonderful sense of humor," she said.

"He directed our lives to be good, productive Jewish-American citizens," she said. "We all loved him dearly. But we also know that he'd been through much too much."

Cato set to lead Carlisle Barracks Soldiers as HHD commander


As his first act of HHC Commander Capt. Shavayey K. Cato stands tall as he sings the Army song during the Change of Commander ceremony on the historic parade field at Wheelock Bandstand, Carlisle Barracks, May 26.

The new headquarters detachment commander said he hopes to pass along the lessons he has learned during his time in the Army and “pay it forward” to help develop their leadership skills.

Capt. Shavayey K. Cato accepted command of the detachment from outgoing commander Capt. Joseph P. Wiseman in a formal change-of-command ceremony at the Wheelock Bandstand on the historic parade field May 26.

“They are absolutely amazing and talented in their own way,” said Cato of the Soldiers and NCOs at Carlisle Barracks. “I look forward to serving the Soldiers of this installation, having those one on one conversations with the Soldiers and learning what their strengths and weaknesses are gives me the ability to bring new ideas to the organization to improve the overall quality of life for them. “

Cato credits his family and leaders for providing the inspiration and leadership that he credits for his success.

“During my teenager years, I was inspired by many relatives who served in the Armed Forces at one point in time,” he said. “One proud memory that I will always carry in my rucksack is the mentorship that I received from my JROTC instructors. I would like to thank 1stSgt. Villarreal, 1stSgt. Hill, Maj. Organ, Command Sgt. Maj. Cunningham, and Sgt. Maj. Williamson for their continued mentorship in my life.”

He hopes to pass those lessons onto the Soldiers and integrate their families into the community.

“My focus while here will be to integrate family members into the HHC family through company fun runs, organizational days, and family life programs designed to strengthen bonds and improve the overall readiness of this great organization,” he said.

Cato is a native of Tampa, Florida and enlisted in the Army in May, 2000. While serving of active duty he attended Touro University in Cypress, Calif. earning a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice then a masters degree in early childhood education, graduating Cum Laude.

He was commissioned as a Quartermaster Officer in 2010 from the Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Ga.  After attending the Quartermaster Basic Officer Course, he reported to Ft. Lee and deployed to Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn – assigned to the “First Team” as the Maintenance Platoon Leader, Echo Forward Support Company, 1stBrigade Combat team, 1stCavalry Division.  Cato has also served in positions at Camp Edwards Korea and Ft. Lee, Va.



Summer sense campaign – 101 Days of Summer Safety

What is a hookah?

A hookah is a type of waterpipe that allows the user to smoke flavored tobacco, by passing the smoke through a water basin before inhaling.

How a hookah works

  • The user inhales and this pull of air fuels the coals.
  • The tobacco heats up, and smoke is created and pulled down the stem.
  • Another air valve brings air into the hookah and pushes the smoke through the water at the base.
  • Smoke leaves the water and travels through the top of the base into the hose.


Facts about Hookahs

  • Smoking through water does not filter out cancer-causing chemicals. Water filled smoke can damage the body as much as cigarette smoke.
  • In a 60 minute Hookah smoking session, smokers are exposed to 100-200 times the volume of smoke inhaled from a single cigarette.
  • Sharing the mouthpiece increases the risk of spreading colds, flus and even oral herpes.
  • Hanging out in a Hookah bar you are still exposed to 2nd and 3rd hand smoke.

           (University of Maryland)

Health effects of hookahs

  • High levels of carbon monoxide, metals, and cancer-causing chemicals are produced by the charcoal (used to heat the tobacco).
  • The smoke from a hookah has high levels of these toxic agents, even after it has passed through water.
  • Hookah tobacco and smoke can cause lung, bladder, and oral cancers.
  • Tobacco juices from hookahs irritate the mouth and increase the risk of developing oral cancers. ("CDC, " 2013)


Research – Adolescents

  • Hookah smoking among adolescents is a growing concern.
  • A growing number of published studies indicate that hookah smoking is popular among youth and young adults, particularly among college students, with use rates ranging between 20% and 40%, depending on sample characteristics.
  • An association among hookah tobacco use and other substance use behaviors has also been documented.
  • Hookah smoking increases the risk of nicotine dependency. (Sterling & Mermelstein, 2011)


For additional information contact Carlisle Barracks Army Substance Abuse Program at 245 – 4576.

Information provided by:  Janie Burley, Masters Student from University of North Carolina at Greensboro, B.S. Public Health Education, C.H.E.S. and Intern – Chattanooga – Hamilton County Health Department and resource provided by Rubin Ramirez from Corpus Christi Army Depot.

Open invitation to Class of 2015 Graduation, June 5, and words to the wise about parking

May 28, 2015 -- Graduation day at the U. S. Army War College is an exceptional day of celebration and camaraderie – with students’ family, friends, and the Carlisle Barracks community.  Each graduation is a triumph for the entire workforce who contributed to their success here this year.

ALL are welcome at the ceremony to mark the graduation of the Resident Class of 2015 on the historic parade field at 9 a.m., Friday, June 5.  Chief of Staff of the Army GEN Raymond Odierno will be the guest speaker.  From the procession of faculty and faculty awards for Excellence in Teaching, to the CSA's comments to the class on the world and responsibilities of the coming years, to the recognition of award-winning students and the triumph of every student who walks the stage for the USAWC diploma, this is the Army War College Family celebration. If you are unable to attend in person, you can watch the entire event streamed live at

                                                                                                                                            file photos, resident graduation 2014

Photos of every graduate, award winner and guest speaker will be posted after the graduation ceremony at  You do not have to have a Facebook account to view the photos.

A short video with the remarks of guest speaker GEN Odierno and a Graduation Highlights video will be posted to

The ceremony will be broadcast via Closed Circuit TV into the following seating venues:  Reynolds Theater; Wil Washcoe Auditorium, Bradley Auditorium and throughout Root Hall.

Good-to-know facts about graduation day and Carlisle Barracks operations:

IF DRIVING to Carlisle Barracks for the graduation: set your smart mapping to  'Jim Thorpe & Claremont roads, Carlisle 17013' which is the Visitors Gate. Be prepared to show photo ID, and follow signs to event parking.

  • Dunham Clinic changes: OPEN ALL THURSDAY, June 4 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for patient care and CLOSED FRIDAY MORNING, June 5 – reopening clinic and pharmacy Friday at 1 p.m.
  • Shuttle busses will run from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. and resume after the ceremony.
  • All residents are asked to leave their vehicles and their guests’ vehicles at home and ride the shuttle bus, unless they require handicap parking. The handicap drop off is at Quarters 2. Handicapped parking will use the 314/315 Lovell Ave. lot.
  • Faculty and Staff who normally park in the 314/315 lot, on Lovell Ave and along Forbes Ave in front of Building 122 will find parking 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.
  • Residents on Garrison Lane are asked to park their cars in garages, when possible.
  • All other drivers should prepare to respond to Police or Parking Attendants directing to designated parking lots, and walk or ride the shuttle
  • Distinguished Visitors (VIP) will move to the intersection of Ashburn and Lovell to be directed into one of the designated DV/VIP lots.
  • For employees, liberal leave is in effect for graduation day, with supervisor approval.

NOTE:  Bliss Hall will be the alternate graduation location in case of inclement weather.  Signs at each gate will advise incoming motorists of the change in graduation location. The ceremony will be broadcast via Closed Circuit TV into the following seating venues:  Reynolds Theater; Wil Washcoe Auditorium, Bradley Auditorium and through Root Hall.

Students, distinguished visitors, and selected faculty will be seated in Bliss Hall.  Seating for handicapped will be available in the CCR.                                            

          File photos, USAWC graduation 2014.

Robert D. Martin, USAWC Public Affairs Office
Army’s top leader to speak, congratulate US Army War College at graduation, June 5

Dunham Army Health Clinic’s Thursday – Friday hours to change due to graduation

Carlisle Barracks, Pa. –    Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, Army Chief of Staff, will be guest speaker at this year’s formal graduation ceremony of the U.S. Army War College Resident Class of 2015 set to begin here Friday, June 5 at 9 a.m. on the historic parade ground of Carlisle Barracks.

Odierno, alumnus of the Army War College class of 1995, will celebrate the graduates’ achievements and address the challenges that lie ahead in an uncertain and dynamic security environment.  Along with the Army Chief of Staff, USAWC Commandant Maj. Gen. William E. Rapp, Army War College Provost Dr. Lance Betros, and School Dean Dr. Richard Lacquement will present diplomas to the graduating students.

Elements of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard’s 28th infantry Division Band will provide traditional ceremonial music and Pennsylvania Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion 108th Field Artillery Regiment will present a 19-gun salute to the Chief of Staff of the Army.

The graduating class of 387 represents the men and women of the Joint Force, drawing from all branches of our military, federal agencies and multinational environments -- with 217 Army officers, 32 Air Force, 17 Marine Corps, 12 Navy, and one Coast Guard officer, as well as 79 international officers and 29 senior civilians of federal agencies.

During more than 38 years of service, Gen. Raymond T. Odierno has commanded units at every echelon, from platoon to theater, with duty in Germany, Albania, Kuwait, Iraq, and the United States. He served as a battalion executive officer and division artillery executive officer during Operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM.  Odierno commanded the 4th Infantry Division, leading the division during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM from April 2003 to March 2004. He assumed duty as the 38th Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army on September 7, 2011. 

Odierno holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from US Military Academy at West Point and a master’s degree in Nuclear Effects Engineering from North Carolina State University. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College and holds a master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.

Bliss Hall will be the alternate graduation location in case of inclement weather.  Signs will be at each gate to advise incoming motorists of the change in graduation location. The ceremony will be broadcast via Closed Circuit TV into the following seating venues:  Reynolds Theater; Wil Washcoe Auditorium, Bradley Auditorium and throughout Root Hall.

Students, Commandant’s guests, DVs, and selected faculty will be seated in Bliss Hall, seating for handicapped will be available in the Command Conference Room.

Dunham Army Health Clinic will be open for operation all day Thursday, June 4 and closed from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, June 5 in order to minimize conflicts with the Army War College Class of 2015 graduation.

2015 Student Writing Award Winners announced

The Commandant of the U.S. Army War College is pleased to announce the names of students for honors in research, writing and speaking competitions this year. Each of these students, and the USAWC Fellows studying at external insitutions, were mentored in their strategy paper by members of the US Army War College faculty.

Secretary of Defense National Security Essay Competition

Third Place

 -- to US Coast Guard Cmdr William G. Dwyer III -- for "Interesting Times ... China's Strategic Interests in the Arctic"

At right, Commandant Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp congratulates Coast Guard Cmdr Bill Dwyer.



Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff National Defense and Military Strategy Essay Competition

First Place—Strategic Research Paper

-- to US Army Lt. Col. Patrick M. Duggan, USAWC Fellow at the Naval Postgraduate School -- for, “Strategic Development of Special Warfare in Cyberspace

At left, School of Strategic Landpower Dean Dr. Richard Lacquement shakes hands with CJCS 1st place award winner Lt. Col. Patrick Duggan, with Provost Dr. Lance Betros at  left in the photo. 



Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff National Defense and Military Strategy Essay Competition

First Place—1500 Word Strategy Article

 -- to US Army Lt. Col. Robert W. Schultz -- for, "Countering Extremist Groups in Cyberspace"

At right, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno speaks with Lt. Col. Robert Schultz after his receipt of 1st place certificate for his CJCS strategy article.  

The Commandant’s Award for Distinction in Research

 -- to Canadian Army Col. Ted Middleton -- for,  “Order, Counter-order, Disorder: Russia’s Challenge to the European System

-- to US Army Col. Celestino Perez, Jr. -- for “Errors in Strategic Thinking: Anti-Politics and the Macro Bias

-- to US Army Lt. Col. Scott M. Naumann, USAWC Fellow at University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill  -- for, “Repetitions Of History: Army Downsizing Insights From The British Interwar Experience

At right, paper mentor Prof. Phil Evans poses with writing award-winning USAWC Fellows who have studied at various academic institutions this year (left to right) Col. Thomas Duncan, Lt. Col. Patrick Duggan, Col. Edward Chamberlayne, and Lt. Col. Robert Schultz.

-- to US Army Col. Thomas A. Duncan, II, USAWC Fellow at George Mason University -- for   “Getting to Zero: A Chemical Weapons Free Middle East

-- to US Army Col. Constantin E. Nicolet -- for  “The Morality of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Strikes”

-- to Italian Army Col. Beniamino Vergori (pictured below)-- for National Security Strategy: Italy as a Case Study

AWC Foundation Award for Outstanding Strategy Research Paper

 -- to Denmark's Col. Kenneth Pedersen -- for,  “The Danish Armed Forces Strategic Choices

-- to US Army Lt. Col. William E. Boswell -- for, “Strategic Opportunity in the Asia-Pacific Rebalance: Myanmar












Above, Mr. Stewart C. Eales, Col. Warren L. Wells, Col. Kenneth Pedersen pause with their awards for research and writing/speaking.

AWC Foundation MG Harold J. Greene Memorial Writing Award

 -- to US Army Col. Edward Pye Chamberlayne, USAWC Fellow at the Institute of World Politics -- for, “Risky Business: Fracking and U.S. Army Infrastructure”

AWC Foundation Colonel Don and Mrs. Anne Bussey Military Intelligence Writing Award

 -- to Mongolian Army Col. Amarsaikhan Serdari -- for, “Strategic Aims of Russian Military Reform

AWC Foundation Colonel Jerry D. Cashion Memorial Writing Award

 -- to Pakistan Army Brigadier M. Waseem Ashraf Raja -- for,  “Inculcating Adaptability: Institutionalizing Mission Command within the Pakistan Army

AWC Foundation Colonel Francis J. Kelly Counterinsurgency Writing Award

-- to US Air Force Reserve Lt. Col. Sharon K. E. Kibiloski -- for,  “Reprioritizing Development and Defense in Sub-Saharan Africa:  Strategic Opportunity

AWC Foundation Daniel M. Lewin Cyber-Terrorism Technology Writing Award

 -- to US Army Col.Brandon D. Newton -- for, “The Flawed Strategic Discourse on Cyber Power

At left, Col. Kris N. Perkins, Lt. Col. Sharon K. E. Kibiloski, Col. Jeffery E. Phillips, Col. Kenneth Pedersen, Col. Warren Wells, Col. Brandon Newton, Col. Edward P. Chamberlayne, Col. Amarsaikhan Serdari, Lt. Col. William Boswell, Brigadier M. Waseem Ashraf Raja pose for pictures after the graduation ceremony.

AWC Foundation Dr. Sara L. Morgan Civilian Development and Management Writing Award

 -- to US Army Col. Jeffery E. Phillips -- for, “Private Security Companies and Operational Contract Support Requirements

Armed Forces Communications-Electronics Association (AFCEA) Writing Award

 -- to Dr. Nathan Timothy Ray -- for,  “Tinker, Terrorist, Cyberpunk, Spy: Public Disclosure Websites and Extremist Threats

Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Writing Award

-- to US Army Col. David M. Knych -- for, “A Grand Strategy of Restraint?”

Foreign Area Officer Association Writing Award

 -- to US Army Col. Chris William Chronis -- for,  “Is Turkey Slipping Out of the West’s Orbit?”

Marine Corps Association and Foundation General Thomas Holcomb Writing Award

 -- to US Marine Lt. Col. Edward R. Sullivan -- for,  “The Islamic State: Terrorists or Millenarian Mass Movement?”

At right, award-winner Lt. Col. Edward Sullivan poses with faculty mentor Col. Roger McFadden.

Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) Writing Award

 -- to US Army Col. Kris N. Perkins -- for, “Africa’s WMD Proliferation Threat: Intersection of Availability, Opportunity and Desire

-- to Mr. Stewart C. Eales, US Department of State -- for, “U.S. Promotion of Democracy in the Post-Cold War Era

Military Order of the World Wars Writing Award

 -- to US Army Lt. Col. Darrell W. Driver, USAWC Fellow at the George C. Marshall Center -- for, “Burden Sharing and the Future of NATO: Between Two Worlds

Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association Writing Award

 -- to US Air Force Lt. Col. Derek James O'Malley -- for,  “Forging Weapons Strategies for the Future Defense Landscape

Reserve Officers Association (ROA) Lieutenant General Thomas J. Plewes Writing Award

 -- to US Army Reserve Lt. Col. Bryan M. Brokate -- for,  “Reserve Component Outreach: Improved Suicide Prevention for the Total Force”

U.S. Military Academy’s William E. Simon Center for Professional Military Ethic Writing Award

 -- to US Army National Guard Col. Timothy Rieger, USAWC Fellow at Tufts University -- for, “Laws of Unintended Consequences: The Leahy Laws

Carlisle Barracks and Cumberland Valley Chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) Award for Excellence in Public Speaking

 -- to US Army Col. Warren L. Wells -- for,  “Dangerous Aid: Humanitarian Intervention in the Modern Era

AWC Foundation Lifetime Alumni Membership Award

 -- to US Army Col. Mark D. Baxter, president of the resident U.S. Army War College Class of 2015.

Post phasing in new security measures

Carlisle Barracks and area first responders provide assistance to a "victim" during a exercise in this file photo.

Big voice tests, phone calls and text messages are just a few of the more obvious parts of the multi-layered and proactive security posture here at Carlisle Barracks, but every day randomly selected and behind-the-scenes actions are taking place -- all designed to help keep employees and families safe.

“We’re constantly changing, evaluating and incorporating new actions as part of our security protocols in an effort to remain unpredictable,” said Bob Suskie, director of Emergency Services here, which includes the gate guards, police and firefighters. “We take our responsibilities of making sure this is a safe and secure installation very seriously.”

More visible are the series of emergency response exercises that are held throughout the year that culminate with a large exercise each summer.

“It’s important that we train our people and exercise our emergency response plans because in an actual event most people are not thinking clearly and will react according to how they have been trained,” said Barry Shughart, chief of Emergency Management here.

A recent example was the active shooter drill held in Root Hall, the main academic building of the Army War College.

“We wanted to make sure that every student, staff member and employee knew what to do in the event of an incident,” said Shughart. “It allows us to see how effective our plans are, what we need to refine and how we can better educate our community on what to do.” 

In addition to exercises, Carlisle Barracks collaborates with local law enforcement and emergency response agencies across the state to share information, resources and training opportunites. Monthly meetings bring representatives from emergency responders from on and off the installation together to talk security concerns that affect the region plan and coordinate actions among professionals accustomed to working together.

“We’re a part of the larger community and have a responsibility to do all we can to protect not just the people who live and work on post, but in the community as well,” said Shughart.

Reports of suspicious activity from the community are important, according to Suskie.

“I want to encourage everyone to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to local law enforcement authorities,” said Suskie. “If you see something, say something.” Suspicious activities can be reported at Immediate threats should be reported to the Carlisle Barracks Police Desk at (717) 245-4115.

New level of checks for all visitors coming

Recently Carlisle Barracks instituted a new screening process for delivery vehicles and contractors. Drivers fill out and sign a form allowing the security team here to run a National Crime Information Center background check. These changes were driven by a US Homeland Security Directive and are a sign of what’s to come for all visitors to the installation in the next year.

“Visitors coming to Carlisle Barracks, who do not have a federal government-issued identification card, will be subject to a background check before being allowed to enter the installation,” said Suskie. This means that all visitors without a CAC card will fill out and sign a form that will allow the security tem to run he NCIC check. Those with certain violations will not be allowed access to the installation.

“Those who show a common access card (CAC card), Military ID, Military Dependent ID, or an issued Installation Access Control pass won’t be affected.”

For now, all visitors are still currently subject to a vehicle inspection before being allowed to enter the installation. The background-check initiative won’t be implemented until the completion of the Visitors Control Center at the Claremont Road gate, and development is expected later this year.

A website with all of the required forms

Operational Camouflage Pattern Army Combat Uniforms available July 1


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WASHINGTON (Army Press Release, June 1, 2015) -- The Army announced today the release of the Operational Camouflage Pattern in Soldier uniforms. The Operational Camouflage Pattern will be available for purchase in select military clothing sales stores beginning, July 1.

Stores will receive the uniforms over a period of six months from July to November, and new Soldiers will receive Operational Camouflage Pattern Army Combat Uniforms, or ACUs, beginning in January 2016. The Operational Camouflage Pattern was selected following the most comprehensive uniform camouflage testing effort ever undertaken by the Army, reflecting the Army's paramount commitment to force protection.

Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey encouraged enlisted Soldiers to purchase new uniforms with their annual clothing allowance. "All enlisted Soldiers receive an annual stipend for the purchase of uniforms and accessories. I myself will wait until I am issued my clothing allowance before purchasing a uniform with the Operational Camouflage Pattern. I encourage all Soldiers and leaders to do the same by budgeting for a new uniform, belt, boots, and T-shirts as you receive your clothing allowance over the next 2-3 years."

The cost of the uniform in the Operational Camouflage Pattern will be similar to the cost of the uniform in the Universal Camouflage Pattern. Enlisted Soldiers will continue to receive a clothing allowance to replace their worn uniforms.

Uniforms and equipment in the Operational Camouflage Pattern will be available for U.S. Army National Guard, U.S. Army Reserve, and Senior Reserve Officer Training Corps during summer 2016.

Soldiers are authorized to mix and match T-shirts, belts, and boots with either the Operation Enduring Freedom Camouflage Pattern or the Operational Camouflage Pattern during the transition period - expected to run through Oct. 1, 2019. To further ease the change, Soldiers, who already have Flame Resistant ACUs in the Operational Enduring Freedom Camouflage Pattern, will be authorized to wear them during the transition.

"I have asked noncommissioned officers to ensure their Soldiers understand that during this transition period, several uniforms and variations will be authorized in our formations," Dailey said. "Presenting a professional appearance is very important to Soldiers. But, we will not inconvenience or burden our troops. We will still be the most lethal fighting force the world has even known even if our belts don't match for the next few years."

In addition to the camouflage change, the Operational Camouflage Pattern ACUs will incorporate minor design changes. These include redesigned shoulder sleeve pockets with a zipper opening, no trouser drawstring, a button on the lower calf pocket, two pen pockets on the sleeve instead of

three, and the elimination of the elbow and knee patch hook and loop.