Banner Archive for July 2007
 

Distance Education Class of 2007 graduation July 27

   July 23, 2007 -- Graduation exercises for the U.S. Army War College Distance Education Class of 2007, will take place at 9 a.m., Friday, July 27 at Wheelock Bandstand. 

  Two hundred and eighty-five students will graduate with prestige, awareness, and strategic leadership knowledge.

  The keynote address will be given by Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoré, commanding general, First U.S. Army at Fort Gillem, Ga.

  All family members, guests and friends are invited to sit in the guest seating areas to observe the ceremony.  In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in Bliss Hall with family and guest seating in Reynolds Theater and throughout Root Hall.  Information on the graduation location will be announced on marquees at gate entrances and if needed, the change will be broadcast over the post Mass Notification System.   

  The USAWC Distance Education Class of 2007 consists of 285 students, which include 93 Army National Guard, 94 Army Reserve, 58 active Army, one Air Force, one Coast Guard, nine Marine Reserve, ten Navy Reserve, 11 civilians from the Department of the Army, Defense Leadership and Management Program, and the Department of State.   Also in attendance are eight International Fellows—foreign military officers, from Canada, Latvia, Mexico, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.

  The Pa. Army National Guard's 28th Infantry Division Band from Hollidaysburg, Pa., will provide the music during the ceremony, to include a medley of service songs.

Change to normal walking, driving patterns 

  On July 27, Lovell Avenue will be one-way traffic from Pratt Avenue to Guardhouse Lane, and Flower Road will be changed to two-way traffic from 8 a.m. until the ceremony concludes. Traffic will remain two-way on Garrison Lane. Once the ceremony starts, Lovell Avenue, Guardhouse Lane, and Garrison Lane will be closed to traffic with the exception of emergency vehicles and properly placarded LVCC/DPW vehicles.  Several main intersections on Carlisle Barracks will be controlled by Carlisle Barracks Police.  Normal traffic routes are expected to open by noon.

Shuttle bus for graduation ceremony

  Bus service will be provided from area motels to Root Hall every half hour from 6:45-8 a.m.  After graduation, buses will run every half hour from Root Hall to area motels until noon. Shuttle service on-post will run from 8-8:45 a.m. to transport students and guests to the USAWC graduation ceremony. 

  The graduation site unloading/loading point will be behind Anne Ely Hall. Return shuttle will be provided following the ceremony.  In the event of inclement weather, the bus route will change to drop off guests in front of Reynolds Theater, and graduates at Bliss Hall.

Reserved parking for USAWC graduation

  The following parking areas will be reserved for graduation:  DRM/APFRI/GARRISON (Bldgs 314/315/22) parking lot for parking of VIPs and handicapped; parking area adjacent to Reynolds Theater for civilian press; Anne Ely Hall (Bldg 46) parking lot for guests. Guests may also park in the PX parking lot and Collins Hall parking lot, which will have shuttle service to the graduation site. These lots should be open to the public after 12 p.m.  


Carol Kerr, Carlisle Barracks Public Affars Office
High school buddies cross paths at War College

Col. Kirk Warner and Col Gary Loxley met at the Army War College resident phase, several decades after leaving Greenville High School, Ohio. Photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Fincham.     

July 26, 2007 -- It’s 450 miles from Greenville High School in Ohio, to the Army War College Class of 2007.  For two Greenville grads, the road covered 30 years, thousands of miles, hundreds of adventures, and one big coincidence.

    Both attorneys for the Army, Col. Kirk Warner and Col. Gary Loxley, left Greenville High in 1976 and 1979, respectively. They’ll both walk across the parade ground bandstand July 27 to receive master’s degrees in Strategic Studies from Commandant Maj. Gen. David Huntoon and commencement guest Lt. Gen. Russell Honore.

    From Greenville, Warner journeyed to Ohio State University, N. Carolina State U., and University of Toledo School of Law. His military law career took him to Baghdad as commander of the Legal Services Organization for Operation Iraqi Freedom, and to his current position as deputy legal counsel to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon. In his other, civilian career, he is partner and senior litigator for Smith Anderson law firm, in Raleigh. N.C.

    “When I got to the War College and started looking at my fellow students’ biographies, Loxley’s Greenville Ohio listing jumped out at me,” said Warner. “At every break in the student day, we’ve been swapping stories about mutual friends and teachers.
Our paths crossed once, in 2003 when I was shipping out of Fort Bragg on my way to Kuwait for OIF-1, and he was incoming to Bragg. 

    Loxley served that year as deputy commander and team member of the legal organization in support of mobilization, and in 2005 he was chief of the criminal law division for 18th Airborne Corps. Loxley’s path led to his dual career, now, as both assistant prosecuting attorney for Warren County, Ohio, and commander of the 9th Legal Services Organization in Whitehall, Ohio. 

    “Especially in time of war, legal advice to commander is significant. And, legal advice to soldiers and family members is extremely important – before they deploy, while they’re in theater, and after the soldiers get back for soldiers reemployment rights, for example.

    Members of the Judge Advocate Corps are problem solvers by trade,” said Loxley. “We can be proactive with advice to avoid problems down the road, and we brief soldiers about rights and responsibilities. But, usually, people come to a “JAG” when they’ve got a problem and need advice.”

   “It’s funny,” said Warren about the similar life paths. “At the end of the day, it’s all about where you grew up. Our school gave solid values, education and the ethos of hard work. Our county is known for great Americans like Nathaniel Greene, Lowell Thomas, Norman Vincent Peale, Annie Oakley, and Revolutionary War Gen. “Mad Anthony” Wayne.

    “If there’s anything about Greenville that led us both to careers in the Army, it’s the down-home, wholesome people,” said Loxley, who regularly makes it to his high school reunions. “I’m proud to be a native of Greenville, and pass along the Greenville qualities of integrity, honesty and seeing things as they are.”

    “I joined the Army to do something a little different, and the longer I stay the more I like it, said Warren who counts attendance at Army War College as a long-term goal.

    “I’ve always admired people who have the war college in their background,” said Warren. “They seem to be strategic thinkers; they’re more innovative, and bring more to the leadership table.”

 


Tori Hennigan, Carlisle Barracks Public Affairs Office
War College class of 2008 students begin arriving on post

Lt. Col. Marcus Cochran (right) watches as movers unpack a crate of his household goods July 18 outside of his quarters on Carlisle Barracks. Cochran is a member of the U.S. Army War College Class of 2008. Photo by Tori Hennigan.

July 19, 2007 -- Carlisle Barracks is once again opening its doors to the men and women who will soon be the future leaders of our Nations military.  Students of the resident class of 2008 have started arriving over the past few weeks to begin settling in for the 10-month program.

    The new class is scheduled to consist of 339 students, 281 of which are serving in various branches of the U.S. military, such as the Army, the Air Force, the Navy, and the Marines.  There are also 42 international students and 16 government affiliated civilians in the program.

    One of the first students to move in was Lt. Col. Marcus Cochran who arrived on post July 16.

    "We will be settling in here in the next couple of weeks, getting our kids in school, and getting the house organized," said Cochran.

    Cochran and his family moved here from Fort Jackson S. C., where he was the Director of Training for the Adjutants General School. Cochran said his job there was to train human resource soldiers for their mission.

    Cochran said he is happy to be here at Carlisle Barracks as a part of the resident class of 2008, and is excited to spend time with his family.

    "I look forward to a couple of things about the war college, one is the education on strategic thinking," said Cochran, "And I look forward to the quality of family life this year so that we can focus on making great memories."

    Many students are still scheduled to arrive in the next few weeks. Resident Student Centralized In-Processing starts July 31.  The Opening Ceremony will jumpstart the school year on August 10.  

 

 


Public Affairs staff report
Carlisle Barracks hosting Bicycle Rodeo Aug. 11

    Carlisle Barracks will soon host a "Bike Rodeo" to help teach children bicycle safety.

    The Bicycle Rodeo is designed to teach and inform children about bicycle safety awareness, and is open to kids four to 12. The rodeo is scheduled for Aug. 11 from 1-2 p.m. in the parking lot behind the Class VI building at 860 Sumner Road.

    Events include helmet checks, bike inspections, an obstacle course and children will be able to meet Mcgruff the Crime Dog.  Refreshments and prizes will also be handed out. 

    Registration can be done at the Carlisle Barracks police station, building at 400 Forbes Ave., Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. Children can only be registered by a parent or legal guardian.  This event is sponsored by the Carlisle Barracks Crime Prevention Office. 

   Contact Officer Jared Warner at 245-4928 for more information.  

 


Public Affairs Office staff report
CAC PIN reset machine changes July 20

    July 18, 2007 -- The Common Access Card Pin Reset Machine located in Bldg 122, Root Hall, located in room SB10, will not be available from July 20 through Aug. 6 due to in-processing of new students.  All users will need to go to HRD--ID Card Section, Anne Ely Hall  to get their CAC pin reset during this timeframe.
 


Carlisle Barracks Soldiers, staff and faculty participate in installation run

Neither rain nor heat could stop the Soldiers, staff and faculty of Carlisle Barracks from participating in an installation run on July 18. Maj. Gen. David Huntoon, U.S. Army War College commandant, led the run throughout the historic campus. Photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Fincham.

 


Dr. Anna Waggener, U.S. Army War College Director of Institutional Assessment
Academic year starts with faculty welcome

July 17, 2007 -- Dr. Bill Johnsen, U.S. Army War College Dean of Academics, opened the academic year for 2008 with a welcome to faculty and an introduction to the first course, "Strategic Thinking," on July 16, 2007, in the Letort View Community Center

One of the first events for faculty for the upcoming new resident class, Johnsen reviewed curriculum guidance and intent for the academic year. Also during the orientation Dr. Rich Meinhart, Course Director of "Strategic Thinking," introduced an overview of the lessons to be taught in the first course.  Dr. Larry Miller, Director of Communicative Arts, highlighted writing assessment strategies; Dr. Anna Waggener, Director of Institutional Assessment, reviewed Institutional Faculty Development; and Professor Bill Lord, presented organizational techniques for the first day in seminar.

Other core courses in academic year 2008 include the "Theory of War and Strategy and National Security Policy and Strategy" by the Department of National Security and Strategy," and "Implementing National Military Strategy" by the Department of Military Strategy, Plans, and Operations. The Department of Command, Leadership, and Management also teaches Strategic Leadership and Joint Processes and Landpower Development.  The academic year concludes with the Strategic Decision Making Exercise, electives, and the National Security Seminar.

 


Dr. Anna Waggener, U.S. Army War College Director of  Institutional Assessment
War College welcomes new faculty

July 17, 2007 -- The U.S. Army War College welcomed its new faculty for Academic Year 2008 during New Faculty Seminar Preparation held July 9-13 in the Letort View Community Center.

    Hosted by the Dean and the Department of Academic Affairs, the seminar preparation included the Dean's welcome by Dr. Bill Johnsen, faculty mission and faculty roles by Professor Bill Lord, and Socratic inquiry and adult learning methods by Dr. Bill Pastille from St. John's College and Dr. Jeff King from Texas Christian University. 

    Ambassador Mike Malinowski briefed the new faculty on the International Fellows Program and the Chairmen of the departments convened a chairmen's panel to discuss academic and military issues.  The capstone event of the week was a discussion with Academic Year 2007 returning faculty who addressed other issues of concern.  The event was sponsored by the USAWC Alumni Association. 

Pictured left to right:

First row:  Dr. Breena Coates, Department of Command, Leadership, and Management; Col. Christion Brewer, Department of Distance Education; COL Mark Waters, Department of Military Strategy, Planning, and Operations; Col.  John Cummings, Department of Command, Leadership, and Management; Dr. Anna Waggener, Department of Academic Affairs and facilitator of the seminar preparation.

Second row left to right:  Col. John Tisson, Department of Command, Leadership, and Management; Col.  Brad Ward, Center for Strategic Leadership; Chaplain (Col.) Duncan Baugh, Department of Command, Leadership, and Management; Col. Jim Scudieri, Department of Military Strategy, Planning, and Operations; and Dr. Sandra Martinez, Department of Command, Leadership, and Management.

Third row left to right:  Col. Jim Boling, Department of National Security and Strategy; Mr. Frank Jones, Department of National Security and Strategy; Col. Jeff Caton, Department of Command, Leadership, and Management; Capt. Bruce Butler, Department of National Security and Strategy; Navy Capt. Jim Heffernan, Department of Military Strategy, Planning, and Operations; and Capt. Doug Waters, Department of Command, Leadership, and Management.

 


Tom Zimmerman, Carlisle Barracks Public Affairs Office
Has something got you down and you need someone to talk to?

Call the Employee Assistance Program

    July 17, 2007 -- Sometimes in life we are presented with challenges. Whether it's financial, emotional or professional, sometimes it helps to talk to someone about those problems. To help with times like these the Army offers the Employee Assistance Program for civilian employees and their family members.

    "The EAP provides free, confidential services, to include screening to identify the employee's problem, and, when appropriate, a referral to a facility or program (within or outside the Army) that can assist the employee in resolving his or her problem," said Anne Wolf, post EAP coordinator. "The EAP acts like a 'triage,' we listen to you, and help point you in the right direction for any help you might need." 

    At Carlisle Barracks, the EAP is located at 632 Wright Ave. The post EAP also supports employees at Letterkenny Army Depot.

    Participation in the EAP is voluntary and, ultimately is the employee's decision to participate or not.

    "In addition to substance abuse problems, the Army EAPs provide referral services to help employees achieve a balance between their work, family and other personal responsibilities," said Wolf.

EAP services for employees and supervisors

  • Assessment, problem identification, and short-term counseling/intervention
  • Referral for treatment and rehabilitation to appropriate community counseling/treatment resources
  • Follow-up services to aid an employee in achieving an effective readjustment to his or her job after treatment
  • Training and education for supervisors and employees about alcohol and drugs

EAP can assist employees and their families in finding help for:

  • Depression, anxiety and other mental health issues
  • Grief and loss
  • Marital / relational issues
  • Divorce and separation
  • Alcohol and drug problems
  • Job stress / anger issues
  • Parent / child relationships
  • Child / elder care
  • Financial / legal issues

How do I contact the EAP? 

    Contact the EAP office at 245-4576. EAP representatives are available weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. EAP is located in Building 632, Wright Ave.

    "Appointments may be scheduled at other times if you are unable to come during these hours," said Wolf.

Who can use it?

    The Employee Assistance Program is available to federal employees and their family members. Family members may contact the EAP directly and do not need to be accompanied by the employee when meeting with the EAP Representative.

Is it confidential?

    YES.

    "One of the EAP professional's highest priorities is to protect the rights of the EAP client," said Wolf.  The meetings and all records are subject to the same regulations as other Occupational Health Services files.

    "No one may be informed of your participation in any of the Employee Assistance Program's without your written permission."

Will using it affect my job?

    Your job security and promotional opportunities will not be affected because you seek assistance.

    "By working with the EAP professional to resolve your problems before they interfere with your job, you can remain an effective and productive employee," said Wolf.

EAP supervisor referrals

    Occasionally, workers' personal problems manifest themselves and interfere with their work. A supervisor may elect to refer an employee to the EAP for assistance.

    "This is the supervisor's way of saying that he or she cares and is concerned about you," said Wolf. "Their interest is in helping you to resolve any personal problem, which may be adversely affecting your job performance."

    For more information contact the EAP at 245-4576 or email, annmarie.wolf@us.army.mil

 


Public Affairs Office staff report
Post hunting/fishing orientation class July 26 

July 17, 2007—Carlisle Barracks will host a hunting and fishing orientation class July 26 at 3 p.m. in the Upton Hall Auditorium.

   The purpose of the class is to help incoming students, staff and Family members of Pennsylvania hunting and fishing rules and laws, according to Bill Hoffer, one of the organizers of the class.  Speakers from the Pennsylvania Game and Fish commission will be on hand during the class. Also an outdoors rep from Letterkenny Army Depot will cover the rules and process to get a license to hunt and fish at the Depot.

   For more information contact Hoffer at 245-3889.

 


Army News Service
Senate names Pete Geren 20th Secretary of the Army 

The Honorable Pete Geren became the 20th Secretary of the Army Friday. Here, he receives updates on Army assets at U.S. Army Pacific and the 25th Infantry Division during a visit early this month. U.S. Army photo.

July 16, 2007 - The Honorable Pete Geren became the 20th Secretary of the Army Friday, following his nomination by President George W. Bush and confirmation by the U.S. Senate.

As Secretary of the Army, Sec. Geren has statutory responsibility for all matters relating to the U.S. Army: manpower, personnel, reserve affairs, installations, environmental issues, weapons systems and equipment acquisition, communications and financial management.

Geren is responsible for the Department of the Army's annual budget and supplemental of $170 billion. He leads a work force of more than one million active-duty and reserve-component Soldiers, 230,000 Department of the Army civilian employees and 280,000 contracted service personnel. He has stewardship over 15 million acres of land.

Caring for Soldiers and their Families has been Geren's top priority since his days serving as the 28th Under Secretary of the Army. In an opening statement during his confirmation hearing last month, he reaffirmed that commitment.

"My year as Under Secretary of the Army taught me much - my four months as Acting Secretary of the Army taught me much more," he said. "I have been inspired by the selfless service of our Soldiers, and humbled by the sacrifice of their Families."

Geren was the Under Secretary of the Army until Feb. 21, 2006. He was named Acting Secretary of the Army March 9. 

Geren joined the Defense Department in September of 2001 to serve as Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense with responsibilities in the areas of inter-agency initiatives, legislative affairs and special projects. He also served as Acting Secretary of the Air Force from July to November 2005.

Before joining the Defense Department, Geren was an attorney and businessman in
Fort Worth, Texas.

From 1989 until his retirement in 1997, Geren was a member of the U.S. Congress, representing the Twelfth Congressional District of Texas for four terms. He served on the Armed Services, Science & Technology and the Public Works and Transportation Committee during his tenure in the Congress.


Army Substance Abuse "Summer Sense Campaign"

Methamphetamine Clandestine Laboratory: Identification and Hazards

    July 11, 2007 – The following is provided as a part of the Army Substance Abuse Programs Summer Sense Campaign to raise awareness of drug and alcohol related issues.

What is a methamphetamine laboratory?

    A methamphetamine laboratory is an illicit operation that has the apparatus and chemicals needed to produce the powerful stimulant methamphetamine. These laboratories vary dramatically in size and output. Large laboratories, known as super labs, produce 10 pounds or more of the drug per production cycle. Much smaller laboratories sometimes called box labs produce as little as an ounce or less of the drug and are small enough to fit in a box or backpack.

How common are they?

    Methamphetamine laboratories are increasingly prevalent throughout the United States. In 2002 more than 7,500 laboratories were seized in 44 states, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) El Paso Intelligence Center National Clandestine Laboratory Seizure System. While methamphetamine production remains most common in the western portion of the United States particularly California seizures of methamphetamine laboratories in the west central part of the country have become more commonplace.

Where are methamphetamine laboratories found?

    Methamphetamine laboratories may be located virtually anywhere. Laboratories have been found in secluded rural areas as well as in residential, commercial, and industrial districts. Law enforcement officers have seized laboratories at private residences, commercial properties, hotels and motels, and outdoor locations. Mobile laboratories have been discovered in automobiles, boats, and luggage.

What are the signs that a methamphetamine laboratory may be present?

    The following often in combination, may indicate the presence of a methamphetamine laboratory:

*      Unusual odors (ether, ammonia, acetone, or other chemicals)

*      Excessive amounts of trash, particularly chemical containers, coffee filters or pieces of cloth that are stained red, and duct tape rolls.

*      Curtains always drawn or windows covered with aluminum foil or blackened on residences, garages, sheds, or other structures.

*      Evidence of chemical waste or dumping.

*      Frequent visitors, particularly at unusual times.

*      Extensive security measures or attempts to ensure privacy (no trespassing or beware of god signs, fences, large tress or shrubs).

*      Secretive or unfriendly occupants.

What hazards are associated with them?

    The chemicals used to produce methamphetamine are extremely hazardous. Some are highly volatile and may ignite or explode if mixed or stored improperly. Fire and explosion pose risks not only to the individuals producing the drug but also to anyone in the surrounding area, including children, neighbors, and passersby.

    Even when a fire or explosion does not occur, methamphetamine production is dangerous. Simply being exposed to the toxic chemicals used to produce the drug poses a variety of health risks, including intoxication, dizziness, nausea, disorientation, lack of coordination, pulmonary edema, serious respiratory problems, severe chemical burns, and damage to internal organs.

Inhalation

    Inhaling chemical vapors and gases resulting from methamphetamine production causes shortness of breath, cough, and chest pain. Exposure to these vapors and gases may also cause intoxication, dizziness, nausea, disorientation, lack of coordination, pulmonary edema, chemical pneumonitis, and other serious respiratory problems when absorbed into the body through the lungs.

Skin contact.

    The chemicals used to produce methamphetamine may cause serious burns if they come into contact with the skin.

Ingestion.

    Toxic chemicals can be ingested either by consuming contaminated food or beverages or by inadvertently consuming the chemicals directly. (Young children present at laboratory sites are at particular risk of ingesting chemicals.) Ingesting toxic chemicals or methamphetamine itself may result in potentially fatal poisoning, internal chemical burns, damage to organ function, and harm to neurological and immunologic functioning.

    In addition, methamphetamine production threatens the environment. The average methamphetamine laboratory produces 5 to 7 pounds of toxic waste for every pound of methamphetamine produced. Operators often dispose of this waste improperly, simply by dumping it near the laboratory. This can cause contamination of the soil and nearby water supplies.

What can I do?

    If you suspect someone in your neighborhood is operating a methamphetamine laboratory, report your concerns to the local police department or sheriff's office immediately. For your own safety, do not investigate the suspected laboratory or confront the occupants. In addition to the hazards discussed above, many laboratories are equipped with security devices or booby traps that could cause serious injuries or death.

    For more information on illicit drugs, check out the following web site -www.usdoj.gov/ndic.

    For additional information or to schedule substance abuse training, contact the Army Substance Abuse Prevention Office at 245 – 4576.

 


U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team release
Protecting Portable Devices: Physical Security

   Many computer users, especially those who travel for business, rely on laptops and PDAs because they are small and easily transported. But while these characteristics make them popular and convenient, they also make them an ideal target for thieves. Make sure to secure your portable devices to protect both the machine and the information it contains.

What is at risk?

    Only you can determine what is actually at risk. If a thief steals your laptop or PDA, the most obvious loss is the machine itself. However, if the thief is able to access the information on the computer or PDA, all of the information stored on the device is at risk, as well as any additional information that could be accessed as a result of the data stored on the device itself.

    Sensitive corporate information or customer account information should not be accessed by unauthorized people. You've probably heard news stories about organizations panicking because laptops with confidential information on them have been lost or stolen. But even if there isn't any sensitive corporate information on your laptop or PDA, think of the other information at risk: information about appointments, passwords, email addresses and other contact information, personal information for online accounts, etc.

How can you protect your laptop or PDA?

  • Password-protect your computer - Make sure that you have to enter a password to log in to your computer (see Choosing and Protecting Passwords for more information).

  • Keep your laptop or PDA with you at all times - When traveling, keep your laptop with you. Meal times are optimum times for thieves to check hotel rooms for unattended laptops. If you are attending a conference or trade show, be especially wary—these venues offer thieves a wider selection of devices that are likely to contain sensitive information, and the conference sessions offer more opportunities for thieves to access guest rooms.

  • Downplay your laptop or PDA - There is no need to advertise to thieves that you have a laptop or PDA. Avoid using your portable device in public areas, and consider non-traditional bags for carrying your laptop.

  • Consider an alarm or lock - Many companies sell alarms or locks that you can use to protect or secure your laptop. If you travel often or will be in a heavily populated area, you may want to consider investing in an alarm for your laptop bag or a lock to secure your laptop to a piece of furniture.

  • Back up your files - If your portable device is stolen, it's bad enough that someone else may be able to access your information. To avoid losing all of the information, make backups of important information and store the backups in a separate location (see Good Security Habits for more information). Not only will you still be able to access the information, but you'll be able to identify and report exactly what information is at risk.

What can you do if your laptop or PDA is lost or stolen?

    Report the loss or theft to the appropriate authorities. These parties may include representatives from law enforcement agencies, as well as hotel or conference staff. If your device contained sensitive corporate or customer account information, immediately report the loss or theft to your organization so that they can act quickly.

 

 


 

Tom Zimmerman, Carlisle Barracks Public Affairs Office
Post residents reminded to take precautions against West Nile Virus

July 9, 2007 -- "It's that time of the year again for people to take steps to reduce their risk of becoming infected with West Nile virus," said Pa. State Health Secretary Dr. Calvin B. Johnson. 

    Last year in Pennsylvania, there were 25 cases of human West Nile Virus and two deaths that may have been related to the infections. In 2004, there were 15 human cases and two deaths. 

    While most people infected do not get sick, a small percentage of those infected will experience a fever, rash, headache, meningitis (inflammation of the tissue surrounding the brain), encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) or even death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Anyone is at risk, but older adults and people with compromised immune systems have the highest risk of developing severe illness because their bodies have a harder time fighting off disease.

    Simple steps can reduce the risk of contracting West Nile virus.  If you will be outdoors in areas where mosquitoes may be prevalent, remember to use insect repellent containing DEET, especially during dawn and dusk, and wear long sleeves and light colored clothing.

    Residents can take a few simple steps in their own back yards to reduce their risk of contracting the West Nile virus. Mosquitoes will develop in any puddle that lasts for more than four days.

Tips to eliminate standing water:

·         Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots or similar water-holding containers that have accumulated on your property

·         Pay special attention to discarded tires that may have accumulated on your property

·         Drill holes in the bottom of containers that are left outdoors.

·         Drainage holes that are located on a container's sides allow them to collect enough water for mosquitoes to breed

·         Clean clogged roof gutters on an annual basis

·         Turn over plastic wading pools, wheelbarrows and birdbaths when not in use

·         Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish

·         Clean and chlorinate swimming pools that are not being used. Mosquitoes may even breed in water that collects on swimming pool covers or tarps covering equipment or vehicles such as RVs or boats

·         Use landscaping to eliminate standing water that collects on your property.

 


 

Public Affairs Office staff report
Cool off this Summer at the 'Splash Zone'

    July 6, 2007 -- The Splash Zone pool, located behind Letort View Community Center, officially opened for the summer season on May 27. 

    All active duty military, National Guard, Reserve, retired military, their family members and those in possession of valid DoD ID cards, including civilian employees,  are permitted to use the pool. 

    All eligible users over the age of ten may also bring guests to the pool.  Guests are permitted to sign in by themselves but must abide by all pool rules, which include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Children nine years of age and younger must be accompanied and supervised at all times by a parent or family member 16 years of age or older.

  • Smoking is not permitted in the pool area.

  • Glass containers are not permitted within the pool area.

  • Swimmers with open wounds, bandages, and/or communicable diseases will not be permitted in the pool area.

  • Only inflatable devices and pool toys issued by thee Carlisle Barracks pool staff will be permitted in the pool.  Masks, snorkels and fins must be approved by the on-duty lifeguard.

  • Squirt guns are not permitted in the pool area.

  • Cut-offs and t-shirts are not permitted in the pool.

    "While at the pool, patrons can also take advantage of the volleyball sandpit court, basketball court, and the baseball and soccer fields, as well as a covered picnic area, " mentioned Jim Price, pool manager.  

    The Splash Zone also offers swimming lessons at a cost of $35 per student. Each lesson is 50 minutes in duration and takes place over two weeks. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis and can be completed by calling 245-4027 or by stopping by the pool or the Sports Office during regular hours.

    The cost of admission to the pool varies. A daily pass ranges from $3 for patrons ages 6-17 and seniors over age 65, to $4 for those 18 years of age and over. Children under age five are admitted free of charge. Guest passes cost $4 for swimmers ages 6-17 as well as seniors over age 65, and $5 for those ages 18 and over. 

    One-month, two-month, and season passes as well as party packages are available for birthdays and other events, in which case, the pavilion, canopies and the pool are available for rental.

    Additional information or reservations can be obtained by calling the pool office at 245-4072.

 


Tom Zimmerman, Carlisle Barracks Public Affairs Office
Are you feeding the enemy information?

OPSEC and the World Wide Web

July 6, 2007 --  OPSEC, what does it mean to you? What does it mean to all of us? Operational Security refers to the protection of information that is not classified, but possibly sensitive.

    Small pieces of information by themselves may seem irrelevant but, when pieced together, show our adversaries, how we operate, what our tactics are, how our security functions and what our weaknesses may be.

    "We do a good job of protecting our classified information, but most of the intelligence in the world is collected from open sources," said Barry Shughart, Carlisle Barracks Force Protection Division.  "Our adversaries can hide in the woodwork and anonymously capture our most precious secrets from the internet.  They can call us on the phone and we'll tell them.  We give them access to our business, to our infrastructure, and to our families.  Not on purpose, but it's all out there."

    Maybe you think that since your work isn't classified or you believe that your work isn't important that OPSEC doesn't apply to you.  Think again. The information you possess could be the critical data needed to complete an adversary's operational mosaic. Many seemingly unimportant and unrelated items of information from multiple sources can be pieced together to form a comprehensive and damaging picture of our intentions and capabilities.

    The following is an excerpt from an article written in 2003 by Dafna Linzer, of the Associated Press, titled "Al Qaeda Uses Internet Extensively." It shows the importance of computers and the internet to Al Qaeda intelligence gathering.    

    "In the tiny towns that dot the Pakistani mountains east of the Afghan border, small shops that seemingly offer residents little more than dusty packs of cigarettes and canned goods are stocked with one more essential - computers with Internet access. It is from this area, in northwest Pakistan, that U.S. intelligence in recent weeks has picked up on increased communications among al Qaeda members, according to U.S. officials."

    So, what does this mean to all the people living and working on Carlisle Barracks?

    "Have you taken a picture of a family member standing by a piece of military equipment? Have you been in Iraq or Afghanistan and had your photo taken and e-mailed it home?" asked Shughart. "Did you e-mail the pictures, or post them on a family web site. If so, they can be accessed by anyone. Pictures like this are showing up on the internet, in BLOGS and most disturbingly in the hands of the enemy."

    This issue is so critical to the safety and security of our country that the Chief of Staff of the Army has directed that all organizations review OPSEC programs and re-emphasize its importance.

What OPSEC means to you

Some advice from Barry Shughart, post Force Protection Officer. 

 

What OPSEC means to you

Some advice from Barry Shughart, post Force Protection Officer. 

What is OPSEC?

Operations Security (OPSEC) is an analytic process used to deny an adversary information - generally unclassified - concerning our intentions and capabilities by identifying, controlling, and protecting indicators associated with our planning processes or operations. OPSEC does not replace other security disciplines - it supplements them.

 

OPSEC - A New Mindset

Our attention to security must change now. The events of September 11th, 2001 proved there is a demonstrated and known threat. How many times have we heard that terrorism is a threat? But, most of us thought it could only happen elsewhere - not in America.

Unfortunately, we have suffered several terrorist attacks in recent years - the Oklahoma City and U.S.S. Cole attacks, and the tragic events that unfolded on September 11, 2001. In these cases, the adversary was successful because they knew our vulnerabilities. Americans at large provided much of what was used against us. The only thing our enemies brought to the table was their personal agenda and their resolve.

As federal employees, we are the representatives of the people. We develop, we plan, we execute - the American people trust us to do our jobs and keep them safe. The mishandling of information can put everything at risk and cost the lives of many Americans.

 

Why is it important that we learn about OPSEC?

The information that is often used against us is not classified information; it is information that is openly available to anyone who knows where to look and what to ask.

Operations Security is a tool that our adversaries believe in ... and one that we in the United States Government need to understand and integrate into our daily routine. Our work is information, and not all of it is classified. What we don't always realize is how much we are giving away by our predictable behavior, casual conversations, routine acquisitions and other Internet information. We must be careful of what we are revealing - failure to do so could provide our adversaries with the information they need to execute additional terrorist acts.

 

What canI do to help thwart any future attempts to harm the United States of America?

We can all incorporate OPSEC into our everyday work routine. Practicing operations security will help you accomplish your goals. When you do something, ask yourself, "What could an adversary glean from the knowledge of this activity? Is it revealing information about what we do and how we do it?" It is helpful to view yourself and what you're doing as an adversary would. For example, what can be gained by observing your actions or reading what you place on a website?

 

What are OPSEC indicators?

What do people observe about your schedule? What do you do when you go to work? What are you revealing by your predictable routines and the way you do business - these are indicators. OPSEC helps people identify the indicators that are giving away information about missions, activities, and operations.

 

Who is the adversary?

Let's not focus strictly on terrorists right now. Remember that there are other adversaries - for example, foreign intelligence services that continue to collect information on us that could be used to hurt us in the future.

We sometimes only focus on what just happened - but it is a certainty that our adversaries will continually look for and find any weak links.     

 

What are the capabilities of our adversary?

We can never underestimate the capabilities or strength of conviction of terrorists or any other adversary. Nothing is more dangerous than people who are willing to die for a cause.

 

What is the risk?

The terrorist threat existed prior to September 11th, 2001. We just did not believe that such a horrific thing could ever happen. Everything we do involves risk - the application of the OPSEC process develops effective countermeasures to help us accomplish our future missions - by analyzing and minimizing the risk that we may inadvertently reveal critical information to our adversaries.

 

  If you suspect an OPSEC violation has occurred, please call the Force Protection Division at 245-4934 or Security at 245-3233.

 


Carlisle Barracks emergency services hosting an open house Aug. 16

 Carlisle Barracks residents are encouraged to bring their families to the Carlisle Barracks Fire House on Aug. 16, from 11 a.m.- 2p.m. for an open house. There they will be able to meet McGruff the Crime Dog, tour the fire house and police station, meet Rosie the bomb dog and enjoy a free lunch.


Public Affairs staff report
Youth Services hosting Kids Day on Aug. 3

    Youth Services will be sponsoring a Kids' Day again this year on Friday, Aug. 3, from 1- 6 p.m.

   As part of the event there will be an inflatable obstacle course with a Pirates of the Caribbean theme, a representatives from various post safety agencies (maybe even a visit from MacGruff), and the Red Robin robin will stop by.

    More importantly, YS will be open for registration for all kinds of kids activities to include soccer camp/soccer league registrations, as well as registration for fall piano and art classes.  Food will be provided and everything is free and open to all military and Carlisle Barracks employee family members.

 


Tori Hennigan, Carlisle Barracks Public Affairs Office
UH-1 Huey newest addition to Heritage Trail 

The newest addition to the Army Heritage Trail is a UH-1 Huey helicopter that was erected July 10th.  Photo by Tori Hennigan.

July 11, 2007 -- If you have driven by Army Heritage and Education Center lately you may have noticed a big addition to the Army Heritage Trail.

    The newest exhibit is a UH-1 Huey helicopter.  

    "It is one of the main design artifacts that are going to be part of our Vietnam core area," said Chris Semancik, Arms and Ordinance curator for the Army Heritage and Education Center.

    AHEC received the helicopter from the Kentucky National Guard on May 18th and since then the staff and volunteers from the Pennsylvania National Guard have been working to get the helicopter ready for mounting.   

    The project has been assisted by Chief Warrant Officer Four Joseph Luciano, a member of the Pennsylvania National Guard.

    "He flew choppers in Vietnam, so he was the perfect man for the job to help us out here," said Semancik.  

    According to Semancik, it was given a fresh coat of paint at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, and still needs some small detail work, but it is mounted and ready to be viewed by the public.

    The Huey was chosen because it's representative of the types of aircraft used during the Vietnam War according to AHEC.

    "The H models got into theater in Vietnam in late '67 and they were considered one of the better of the series, or the best of the series by many who flew them.  The UH series were used in a variety of roles, providing ground attack air support, to air lifting troops, to MedEvac to supply," said Semancik.


Public Affairs Office staff report
Post implements new policy for juvenile visitors

July 10, 2007 -- Starting July 1, Carlisle Barracks implemented a new visitor escort procedure for juvenile pedestrians who wish to enter the installation.

    This is an effort to reduce the amount of on-post incidents involving juveniles that have no affiliation with Carlisle Barracks, according to Jeffrey Thompson, the posts physical security officer.   

    This new procedure requires positive identification and sponsor accompanied escort of all non-affiliated juvenile pedestrians entering the installation through the two pedestrian entrances located at Claremont Road and Ashburn Drive.

    A juvenile visitor will be required to provide the security guard with the destination location and sponsor information which will be recorded onto a visitor sign-in roster, according to Thompson. The juvenile visitor will not be allowed to proceed onto post until the sponsoring person (the sponsor can be the juvenile who is being visited) arrives at the gate to provide the escort.

    This new policy also applied to those youths who wish to use the posts skate park.

    Non-Affiliated juvenile visitors who have skateboards in their possession must have a valid Carlisle Barracks Youth Services Skate Park Pass, according to Thompson. All Non-Affiliated juvenile visitors with a skateboard must also have all required safety equipment in their possession. Guards will deny access to any non-affiliated juvenile visitor that fails to comply with the Installation Skateboard Policy or fails to produce a YS Skate Park Pass.

    For questions or more information contact the Carlisle Barracks Police at 245-3465.

 

 


Tom Zimmerman, Carlisle Barracks Public Affairs Office
Post IT management company to change name, maintain level of service

    July 5, 2007 -- The name of the company that manages the information technology services at Carlisle Barracks will change in the coming weeks but that doesn't mean a change in services according to Shawn Mosholder, the program manager at Carlisle for CIBER, formerly Remtech Services Inc.

    "Just over four years ago, RSI was awarded a five-year IT services contract here at Carlisle Barracks," said Mosholder. "Since that time, RSI has grown significantly and was acquired by CIBER Inc. in 2004.  Over the past few years RSI operated as a wholly-owned subsidiary under the Remtech/RSI name. RSI is currently being reorganized and merged with a CIBER business unit and must undergo a branding name change to CIBER."

    According to Mosholder, the change will almost be invisible to the end user. 

    "We will have the same dedicated, hard working folks here on the ground providing top notch services as we have done for the past four years." 

    Mosholder expects the name change here at Carlisle Barracks to be completed in the next 45 days.  He can be reached at 245-4837 if you have additional questions.

 


Marine Sgt. Jess Kent
Nearly 600 troops reenlist in Baghdad on Independence Day

BAGHDAD, Iraq (Army News Service, July 5, 2007) - Hundreds of troops gathered at Al Faw Palace for the Multinational Force-Iraq Reenlistment, Naturalization and Independence Day Ceremony yesterday at Camp Victory. During the ceremony, 588 troops reenlisted and 161 were naturalized as American citizens.
    Army Gen. David Petraeus, commanding general, MNF-I, gave opening remarks before administering the Oath of Enlistment. "This morning we pay tribute to the American ideals we all hold so dear in several significant ways," he said.
    "First, by conducting what surely is the largest reenlistment event ever held in Iraq and perhaps in our Armed Forces' history, then by celebrating the granting of American citizenship to a group of troopers who have already pledged their loyalty to our nation by putting their lives on the line for it, and finally by observing the 231st birthday of our great country," he said.
    Gen. Petraeus said the troops who reenlisted on Independence Day, most while serving on a second or third deployment to a combat zone, have made a decision based on far more than any bonus they may receive.
    "No bonus, no matter the size, can adequately compensate you for the contribution each of you has made and continues to make as a custodian of our nation's defenses," he said. "Nor can any amount of money compensate you adequately for the sacrifices you make serving here in Iraq or the burdens your loved ones face at home in your absence. And we certainly cannot put a price on the freedoms you defend or those we are trying to help the Iraqis establish and safeguard here in the land of the two rivers."
    Gen. Petraeus then dedicated the ceremony to two Soldiers who died fighting for freedom before they could be sworn in as citizens.
    "Sgt. Kimel Watt and Spc. Farid Elazzouzi, who would have been in your ranks here this morning, were lost in recent combat action, giving the last full measure of devotion for a country that would have become fully theirs today," Gen. Petraeus said. "Words cannot express the admiration I feel for these two men or the sadness I feel for our nation's loss and their Families' sacrifice."
    Gen. Petraeus said the deaths are reminders that freedom comes at a very high cost, which must never be forgotten. Like these two Soldiers, who fought and died with the American flag on their shoulders, he said the troops being naturalized as U.S. citizens were most deserving.
    "When you enlisted into the Armed Forces you swore to support and defend a Constitution that did not yet fully apply to you," Petraeus said. "You chose to endure the same sacrifices as your fellow comrades in arms to preserve the freedom of a land that was not yet fully yours. You accepted that you might have to pay the ultimate price on behalf of a nation to which you did not fully belong. Now, you will officially become citizens of the United States, a country to which each of you has already borne true faith and allegiance in your hearts and your deeds."
    Army Pfc. Yaremi Boza, a human resources specialist with the 260th Military Intelligence Battalion, is one of those citizens. She migrated from Cuba to Florida as a child in 1995 and believes the Independence Day ceremony opened a lot of doors for her as an American citizen.
    "I'm glad that I can be here to get my citizenship," she said. "It means being able to take care of myself and my Family and having lots of opportunities and windows open. It's a great feeling to know at the end of the day that you're a part of the country you're fighting for."
    After Jonathan Scharfen, the deputy director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, administered the Oath of Citizenship to the new U.S. citizens, Arizona Senator John McCain provided congratulatory remarks on behalf of the U.S. Senate.
    "I know it's not possible for even the most grateful nation to compensate you in kind for the measure of devotion that you have with great personal sacrifice given our country," Sen. McCain said. "We have incurred a debt to you that we can never repay in full. We can offer you only the small tribute of our humility."
    The senator said that when a nation goes to war, a million tragedies ensue. War is a terrible thing, but Sen. McCain said it is not the worst thing.
    "You know that - you who have endured the dangers and deprivations of war so that the worst thing would not befall us, so that America might be secure in our freedom," he said. "As you know, the war in which you have fought has divided the American people. But it has divided no American in their admiration for you. We all honor you."
    Sen. McCain's remarks were followed by the Pledge of Allegiance led by South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, and the ceremony concluded with recognition of all 50 states in America.

 


  

Public Affairs Office staff report
Post chapel to host vacation bible school starting July 30

    July 9, 2007 -- The U.S. Army War College Memorial Chapel invites children age 4-years-old through 6th grade to a combined Protestant/ Catholic Community Vacation Bible School from July 30 through August 3.

    Activities begin each day at 8:30 a.m., and conclude at noon. Best of all it's free!  This year's theme is, "Avalanche Ranch: A Wild Ride Through God's World."

    "This year the chapel is a stampede of excitement as we visit Avalanche Ranch," say Laura Barko and JoEllen Frist, co-coordinators of the posts Vacation Bible School.  "Our Avalanche Ranch program will provide fun, memorable bible-learning activities for kids of all ages.  Each day kids will sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, nibble 'Chuck Wagon chow,' take on a daily challenge to let God's love grow into their homes, experience electrifying Bible adventures, collect Bible Memory Buddies to remind them of God's Word, and create Bible Point Crafts they'll take home and play with all summer long."

  Volunteers from 7th-12th grades are also needed to help as crew members and team members.   College age and adults are encouraged to participate as helpers as well.  

    Avalanche Ranch begins on July 30 and continues through August 3. Pre-registrations get a special gift!  VBS will run each day at the Memorial Chapel from 8:30 a.m. until noon. For more information, call 245-4313

 

 

 

 


Tom Zimmerman, Carlisle Barracks Public Affairs Office
Construction projects abound on post

 Construction work continues on the site which will be home to the Delaney Field Clubhouse on Carlisle Barracks. This is just one of the construction projects currently underway on post.

June 27, 2007 – Numerous construction projects on post may cause some temporary road closures or delays for motorists on Carlisle Barracks.

   A number of construction projects related to both the Residential Communities Initiative and regular scheduled maintenance are slated to kick-off in the next few days.

Well construction near 315 Lovell Ave

    One of the first projects will be the installation of a well adjacent to 315 Lovell Ave, the current home of the Army Physical Fitness Research Institute, which could affect traffic entering and leaving post. A new well is being dug to help deal with water dispersal for the geothermal heat pump system for the building.

    Motorists are advised that there could be temporary road closures or delays in this area and to keep an eye out for traffic changes.

Young Hall renovations

   Another project that could impact traffic on post is the demolition work on the Forbes Ave side of Young Hall. The concrete work started June 25 and will last approximately three weeks. 

   "Since there will be a significant amount of demolition involving heavy machinery and debris we will need to make preparations to accommodate road traffic," said Ty McPhillips, GMH Project Manager. "The impacts will be minimal, but we will need to have a few days where we will need to have single lane."

    According to McPhillips, the work includes removing the hardscape (concrete, dumpster sheds, broken stairs) and replacing with new sidewalks, handicap parking by the building and new dumpster sheds across the street. Also all the existing landscaping will get removed and replaced with all new plant material.

    The interior work of Young Hall is also continuing, as the final touch-up work on the interiors of the C and D bays has begun. Interior demolition has also started on the A and B bays. A ribbon cutting is scheduled for July 25 for the completed C and D bays.

RCI Update

    Work is also continuing on other areas of the post's RCI project.

    In the Meadows housing area, installation of sanitary lines and building pads will begin shortly. In Marshall Ridge, a temporary road from the Wilson House is under construction, and site grading is underway.

    Finally, the top soil is being removed at the site for the new Delany Field Clubhouse as the site preparation continues.

 


John J. Kruzel, American Forces Press Service
Tiger Woods includes military in golf tournament festivities

Former First Lady Barbara Bush greets Tiger Woods during the inaugural Earl Woods Memorial Pro-Am Tournament, July 4, 2007, at the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md. Woods donated 30,000 tickets to servicemembers. Defense Dept. photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Molly A. Burgess   

WASHINGTON, July 4, 2007 – Tiger Woods said paying tribute to the U.S. military was one of his goals during the weeklong AT&T National golf tournament he's hosting here, and so far he's kept his promise. 
    He arranged for former president and WWII veteran, George H.W. Bush, to join the foursome at the end of their round, and he brought scores of military personnel here, including wounded veterans from Walter Reed Army Medical Center and National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.
   "My dad was retired, but I grew up on a military base, and played golf there and that was my home course," Woods told thousands of attendees gathered at Congressional Country Club's first hole for the opening ceremony events.
    "For me, all my life, I've been part of the military," he said. "I've always been around (servicemembers,) I understand the commitment it takes for men and women to do what they do each and every day. That's a commitment that I don't think that people truly understand.
    "Especially with what's going on overseas, we need to say 'Thank you' somehow, and this is a small way of doing that," Woods said.
    The world's top-rated golfer then teed up the ceremonial first shot for former President Bush.
   "The 'No Laughing Rule' is in effect," Bush joked with the audience as he approached the tee. "If anybody laughs when I hit it, they're dead! We've got the secret service here to attack."
    Bush hit a beautiful drive downrange, in the direction of a 60-foot American flag that Army soldiers from Ft. Belvoir, Va., and their families had unfurled and were holding waist-level above the fairway.
   On a more serious note, the former president said he decided to be involved in today's ceremonies because it's a great way to celebrate Independence Day. The decision, he said using golf jargon, was a "gimme."
    "The fact that (Woods) has tied in our superb military into this event made it easy," Bush said.
    Today's military musical selection included the National Anthem, sung by Army Spc. Vicki Golding of the 257th Army Band, Washington, D.C. National Guard, and performances by the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Band. The U.S. Air Force Drill Team provided visual entertainment, and the Joint Armed Forces Color Guard displayed America's military banners, marching the flags across the first hole's fairway.
    The District of Columbia National Guard flew an OH-58 Kiowa, and three UH-1 Huey helicopters over the crowd. Many audience members included servicemembers in and out of uniform, as Woods arranged for tournament sponsors to distribute 30,000 free tickets to active U.S. military personnel.
    AT&T, was the tournament's primary sponsor , and is the company's Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson was the only non-professional civilian to play as a member of Woods' early-morning golf foursome.
    "The recognition and the honor that we're bringing to these soldiers in our military is very important for us," Stephenson told the crowd. "We've always had a long history of supporting the military and right now in this time, to be a part of that was important.
    "So we thank all of you who are serving us," he said. "We have a debt to you that we can't repay."

 


Elton Manske, Director of Human Resources
Mock Pay Pool to evaluate pay for performance

    July 2, 2007 -- Garrison employees, who converted to the National Security Personnel System, on 15 April 2007, will undergo two Pay Pools before the snow flies.  The Pay Pool concept is new to the garrison.  This means that our Garrison employees, rating officials, Pay Pool Administrator, Pay Pool panel members, and Pay Pool Manager have little experience with which to perform their Pay pool responsibilities.  To overcome this lack of experience, the Garrison will fully exercise the NSPS process by conducting a Mock Pay Pool 30-31 July.  The actual Pay Pool will occur in November following the rating period closeout on 31 October.  Lots of work and several key milestones are ahead for all concerned, including employee self-assessments and supervisors' employee assessments to be completed by 9 July and 15 July respectively.

    Insuring that the Pay Pool Panel is fully trained and knowledgeable, so that our workforce is assured that they will receive a fair and equitable review during the actual pay pool in November is the critical training objective for the mock Pay Pool, according to Joe Manning, the Garrison Deputy Commander and Pay Pool Manager.

    "We want to make sure pay pool members are knowledgeable about the process, and that members of the Pay Pool know what they're looking at," said Manning.  During the trial run, "they'll ask, what do the self-assessments and rater's assessments tell us?"  They'll review the employee's performance objectives, along with the assessments, to determine if the objectives were accomplished and the degree to which those accomplishments are measurable.  "The Pay Pool members review ratings by supervisors to ensure they accurately assess employee performance against measurable Performance Objectives.  The panel has the option of going back to the rating official to seek clarification in those cases where the assessments, objectives, and recommended ratings do not clearly match.  If the self-assessment doesn't match the objectives, they can request more information," said George Fritz whose training and education efforts have defined NSPS to date at Carlisle Barracks.

    Pay Pool members have received extensive training on how to recognize measurable objectives.  Now, they will test their training and refine established business rules and processes on behalf of the NSPS workforce.  The panel will look at the clarity of, and linkages between, objectives and accomplishments.  Is there a clear link between the accomplishments and the performance objectives?  Are contributing factors, such as leadership or communications, related in a way that is understandable to an objective observer?  Under NSPS, organizational and individual success is tied directly to how well the employee and supervisors communicate these relationships, and then perform to achieve stated objectives.

    "Employees play a bigger role than in the past.  It is up to them to answer the question, "what have you done to support the mission?" said Fritz.  "We've never done this before.  This first year is a developmental one for everyone involved."

    The mock Pay Pool culminates many months of garrison planning, employee training, extensive work to develop and certify performance objectives and measures, and Pay Pool preparation.  It is expected to be yet another giant step toward a successful experience in the actual November Pay Pool.

 


Carol Kerr, Carlisle Barracks Public Affairs Office
Blair named new Bradley chair

Former Commander of U.S. Pacific Command to join Dickinson College and Army War College as Academic Chair of Strategic Leadership 

Retired Navy Admiral Dennis Blair will be the next recipient of the General of the Army Omar N. Bradley Chair in Strategic Leadership. File Photo.

June 27, 2007 -- Dickinson College and the U.S. Army War College announced that retired Navy Admiral Dennis Blair will be  the next recipient of the General of the Army Omar N. Bradley Chair in Strategic Leadership. Blair will be in residence during academic year 2007-2008, and will conduct seminars at both Dickinson College and the Army War College.

    Admiral Dennis Blair was president of the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) from November, 2003 to September, 2006. At IDA, Blair led a staff of 800 in research and analytical support to the Department of Defense and other federal departments and agencies, primarily on problems and issues with scientific and technical content.  Its staff of about 800 is based in Alexandria, Va., and other locations throughout the world.

    Blair was the commander in chief of the U.S. Pacific Command, February 1999 to May 2002, with responsibility for Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force operations in the largest of the unified commands, which extends from India to the West Coast of the United States.

During his 34-year Navy career, Blair served at sea on guided missile destroyers.  He commanded USS Cochrane (DDG-15), which home ported in Yokosuka, Japan, and the USS Kitty Hawk Battle Group.  He also commanded Naval Station Pearl Harbor.

Ashore, Blair served in budget and policy positions on several major Navy staffs, the Joint Staff, and the National Security Council staff.  He was the first Associate Director of Central Intelligence for Military Support. 

    Blair holds a master's degree in history and languages from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and is a 1968 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. He served as a White House Fellow at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.  Admiral Blair has been awarded the Defense Distinguished Service Medal four times, the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal twice, and has received decorations from the governments of Japan, Thailand, Korea, Australia and Taiwan.

    Named in memory of the World War II hero, the Omar Bradley chair provides a visiting scholar the opportunity to explore with students and faculty the nature of leadership and how it can best and most ethically be exercised in a world transformed by globalization, technology and cultural change. The chair is intended to enhance the study of leadership and to encourage civilian-military dialogue.

    As part of the collaboration between Dickinson College and the Army War College, Blair will participate equally in the academic life at both institutions, teaching a course at Dickinson College and at the Army War College.  His activities may include: serving as senior mentor and participant in USAWC exercises; assisting in the organization of conferences; faculty mentoring/development; project adviser for student research efforts and conducting independent research and preparing publications.

    Blair was chosen by a committee with representatives from Dickinson College and the Army War College, both located in Carlisle, Pa.  The breadth and depth of his experience makes him uniquely able to enrich the dialogue and understanding of every element of the Army War College curriculum, and bring an experiential dimension to the academic pursuits of Dickinson College.  Both institutions are deeply committed to understanding leadership, from the perspective of the liberal arts and sciences at Dickinson, and in the environment of international security studies at the Army War College.

   The Bradley Chair of Strategic Leadership at Dickinson College and the Army War College has been held by Pulitzer Prize winning historian and journalist, Rick Atkinson, and most recently by Dr. Richard Kohn, a nationally recognized expert in the relationship between civilian leadership and the military officer corps.

    Dickinson College and the Army War College enjoy a mutually beneficial relationship as neighboring institutions of higher education, against the backdrop of 250 years of Carlisle Barracks – Carlisle Community partnership. Collaboration takes many forms, including guest lectures and panel presentations by faculty and visiting experts from both institutions; and research, internship and research opportunities for Dickinson students in the War College's Strategic Studies Institute.  Family members of USAWC International Fellows have received tuition waivers for Dickinson College, and there have been reciprocal adjunct faculty appointments.

 

 


Installation Safety Office
How to protect yourself when the temperatures soar

    Summer is here and now is the time to find how to protect yourself. Remember, the best defense to beat the heat is prevention.

How to protect yourself

·         Drink more fluids (nonalcoholic), regardless of your level of activity.  Don't wait until you are thirsty to drink.  Warning: If your doctor limits the amount of fluid you take in or has you on water pills, seek his advice on how much you should drink while the weather is hot.

·         Don't drink liquids that contain caffeine, alcohol, or large amounts of sugar-these actually cause you to lose more body fluid.  Also, avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps.

·         Stay indoors or in a shady area and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place.  Even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help you stay cooler when you go back into the heat.

·         Electric fans help but when the temperatures get into the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illnesses.  Moving into an air-conditioned place is the best bet.

    If you must be out in the heat follow these tips to ensure your safety during the hot weather:

·         Never leave anyone (or a pet) in a closed, parked vehicle!

·         Limit your outdoor activities to early morning and evening hours.

·         Cut down on exercise.  If you must exercise, drink two to four glasses of cool, nonalcoholic fluids each hour.

·         Try to rest often in a shady area.

·         Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.  Also, use sunscreen with an SPF15 or higher effectiveness.

·         Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing (Lose the tie).

·         Some people are at greater risk in the heat than others.  Check regularly on:

o        Children and infants.

o        People who are mentally or physically handicapped and unable to fend for themselves.

o        Those who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure.

     If you suspect you or a coworker is suffering from a heat related illness, do no hesitate to seek medical assistance.