Banner Archive for July 2009

 Flag will be flown at half-mast July 27

The National Flag will be flown at half-mast July 27 in memoray of the Americans who died as a result of their service in Korea and to give thanks to our distinguished Korean War veterans. The President of the United States has declared July 27, 2009 as National Korean War Veteran Armistice Day.


Army Substance Abuse Program
Summer Sense Campaign - 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: 1,700 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die each year from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including motor vehicle crashes (Hingson et al., 2005).
  • Injury: 599,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are unintentionally injured under the influence of alcohol (Hingson et al., 2005).
  • Assault: More than 696,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are assaulted by another student who has been drinking (Hingson et al., 2005).
  • Sexual Abuse: More than 97,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape (Hingson et al., 2005).
  • 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: 2.1 million students between the ages of 18 and 24 drove under the influence of alcohol last year (Hingson et al., 2002).
  • 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 an estimated 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).

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.

Online Resources


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


Dickinson College offers veterans free tuition through Yellow Ribbon Program


July 21, 2009 -- Dickinson College, in keeping with its historic and unwavering support of veterans, is participating in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program.

    Eligible students admitted to the program can receive Dickinson grants and scholarships which, when coupled with educational grants from the VA and other sources, means veterans can attend Dickinson tuition-free.

    “We are indebted to the exemplary service veterans provide our country and are honored to participate in this program in recognition of that service,” said Dickinson College President William G. Durden.

    While the VA will fund educational costs for veterans eligible under the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, the Yellow Ribbon program expands those benefits for students attending participating private colleges, including Dickinson.

    Dickinson College will meet 50 percent of the remaining tuition and fee charges with scholarships and grants, and the VA will fund the remaining 50 percent, thereby covering all tuition charges for Yellow Ribbon Scholarship recipients.

    In addition, the VA will provide an annual stipend of up to $1,000 to cover the cost of books and supplies. In some cases, veterans may transfer their eligibility to their dependents.

    Dickinson has committed to fund up to five students through the Yellow Ribbon program for the 2009-10 academic year, but may increase the number of students in subsequent years, depending on demand. Applicants accepted for admission will be funded on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Active engagement with the community was an important component of the vision of Dickinson founder Benjamin Rush, who signed the Declaration of Independence and served as surgeon general in the Continental Army during the American Revolution.

    Dickinson’s role in the Yellow Ribbon program is in keeping with Rush’s conception of a distinctly American education. Dickinson has maintained an abiding commitment to Army ROTC for more than 50 years. Its graduates are serving in Afghanistan, Iraq and around the world.

    “For Rush, community service was a measure of one’s patriotism and one’s commitment to the democracy,” said Durden, who graduated from Dickinson College and its ROTC program in 1971. “Serving in the military is one of the greatest commitments we as Americans can make to our communities, our nation and, ultimately, democracy. We challenge our students to lead useful, engaged lives. Our veterans are already meeting those challenges, and we are privileged to assist them as they strive to achieve additional goals.”

    For information about the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program, visit:


Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office

Distance Class of 2009 prepares to complete studies


Army War College distance education students Col. Jeff Mascoll and Navy Cmdr. Brian Brethen talk in the hallways of Root Hall after a seminar session July 15. The Distance Class of 2009 are here for their final two-week resident phase, culminating with graduation July 24. Photo by Greg Welker.


July 13, 2009 – More than 300 students in the Distance Education Class of 2009 entered the home stretch of their two year program when they came to Carlisle Barracks July 13 to start their second and final two-week resident phase, culminating with graduation July 24 on the historic Carlisle Barracks parade ground.

    The two-week sessions allow students to participate in seminar group sessions, take part in electives, attend lectures, learn from guest speakers and work with classified material relevant to the course of instruction.

NORTHCOM Commander delivers keynote

   Air Force Gen. Gene Renuart, commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command and United States Northern Command, delivered the course keynote address July 13. He focused his remarks on the importance of the resident phases of the distance program and issues that they will all deal with in the future.

    “This is probably the most important part of this class,” he said. “It’s true when they say that the relationships you develop here are crucial in your future.” Renuart speaks from experience as he is a 1992 Army War College graduate.

    “You will all be responsible for shaping our future.”

Guard, reserve issues focus

    The majority of students in the distance education are officers from the Guard and Reserve so the challenges facing those services received attention during their resident phase.

   Renuart noted that National Guard officers will find relationship building even more important.

   “Someday soon you may find yourselves walk the streets of New Orleans, Galveston or California helping to respond to a natural disaster,” he said. “You will form bonds now that will pay off down the line.”

    Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz, Army Reserve Chief, discussed the issues and challenges facing the Army Reserves.

    “It’s a very busy time for the Guard and Reserve,” said Stultz. “In the midst of everything going on we’re still trying to transform the reserve to an operational force.” He highlighted how the structures and organization of units may change in the coming years to meet the needs of the Army.

    “We’re about 80 percent to where we want to be but we still have a lot of work ahead of us,” he said. “It’s not about a wire diagram, it’s about taking care of and making sure people are in the right place.”

   Maj. Gen. Grant Hayden, Commander of the 29th Infantry Division and Special Assistant to the Director, Army National Guard, focused on the need to balance the Guard when he spoke to the student body.

   “Since 9/11 we’ve supported an unprecedented number of operations,” he said. “We need to reorganize to be more versatile and agile but still be available for the homeland needs of our nation. We need to maintain our existing conventional and strategic technological edge. We can do so by institutionalizing     some of our best programs across the Guard.” He pointed out the counterinsurgency and international coordination capabilities of the Guard as these types of programs.

   Upcoming speakers include Maj. Gen. Michael Tucker, deputy chief of staff for Operations for the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan;  Robert F. Lentz, director of Information Assurance in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense;  Chuck de Caro, former CNN special assignment correspondent;  and Dr. Montgomery McFate, Senior Social Science Advisor for the Army Human Terrain System Program.  

Technology bridges the gap for distance students

    The distance program is a two-year internet-based curriculum through which the students earn a master’s degree of Strategic Studies.  Students log onto a secure website that provides students with educational materials and supports real-time discussions among students and faculty. This site is the focal point for faculty-student interaction, for viewing multimedia course work, constructing papers, sending course papers, and receiving evaluated work.

   The second year of the program focuses more on the application of knowledge, according to Col. Christion Brewer, second resident course instructor.

    “The students now use the skills they’ve acquired during their careers and during the first year of the course to help them make the important decisions at the strategic level,” said Brewer. 

    Students reflect pride in their accomplishments and about the program.

   "It's very strenuous. It's very hard but very rewarding," said Col. Duane Coffey.

    "I enjoyed it. It has been a challenge, as it should be," said Col. John Baranowski.

    “It’s very constructive and demanding of your time. I think there is more learning done in the di

Brandi Buchman, Army Heritage and Education Center

Former Soldier celebrates 100th birthday at AHEC

Lt. Col. Mark Viney, Army Heritage and Education Center, helps retired CW4 Lewis Ney, of Carlisle, Pa, celebrate his 100 birthday July 10 at AHEC. Ney was one of the last Soldiers to serve in a horse cavalry unit when he served with the 3rd Cavalry Regiment at Fort Myer.

    July 10, 2009 -- Joined by his two daughters, Lewis Ney celebrated his 100th birthday July 10 at a party held in his honor at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.


    Ney was born July 11, 1909 in Harrisburg and developed a love for horses while living on his grandparent’s farm.  He joined the Army in 1928 when he was only 17 years old.  After serving most of his career with the 3rd Cavalry Regiment, he retired as a Chief Warrant Officer after 33 years of service.  He currently resides in nearby Church of God senior home in Carlisle.


    While touring the facility, Nye had the rare opportunity to don a pair of white cloth gloves and hold a 1905 experimental saber designed by Gen. George Patton.  He took a moment to reflect and gestured how he saluted by raising the hilt of the saber up in front of his face then lowering it. 


    Following the tour, the AHEC staff presented him with various memorabilia and photos relating to his time in the 3rd Cavalry Regiment, as well as photos of him taken during one of his many visits to AHEC’s events. 


     With the assistance of Lt. Col. Mark Viney, Ney cut the cake using a saber while friends, family, and AHEC staff members sang “Happy Birthday”. 


Save $2-- Installation picnic slated for July 17

    The 2009 Carlisle Barracks Installation Picnic will be held on July 17 from 12-4 p.m. at the pool pavilion behind the LVCC. Until July 10, tickets are: adults $6, children 6-12 $3 and under 6 free. After July 10, tickets will be: adults $8, children 6-12 $5, under 6 free.

   Volunteers are needed, for more information call 245-3684. Volunteers are needed from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

   For more community news check the Community Calendar.


John Harlow, TRADOC News Service
TRADOC connects via social media

TRADOC News Service, July 7, 2009 --  Web-based collaboration tools, generally known as social media, are changing the way people stay connected. U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command is working to leverage social media in training Army leaders to be more adaptive and agile in their conduct of operations, and to broaden discussion across the Army and with the public.

    “I’m excited that we are getting our story out to the American people,” said TRADOC Command Sgt. Maj. David Bruner. “There are folks who are intimidated coming into the domain. Millions of Americans are comfortable in Facebook and Flickr. The best way to tell the story of the great Soldiers and civilians who serve every day in TRADOC is to get the story where the people can see it. This also gives our stakeholders a chance to let us know when they see ways to improve the way we do business.

    Commanders already hold two-way conversations with the public through community relations venues such as holding installation open houses, giving speeches and hosting unit tours. They will still issue press releases to inform the public of what is happening throughout the Army and they will continue to release traditional print and video stories to speak directly to Soldiers and the American people. But now, social media allows them to expand that two-way dialogue between the Army, its Soldiers, their family members, its civilian workforce and the public, and provides a number of new avenues for sharing the Army story with a far wider audience.

    Army leaders are beginning to routinely tell that story through online tools such as official and personal blogs, as well as, Twitter, Facebook, Vimeo and Flickr. On Twitter, for example, the Army and TRADOC accumulated combined 2,530 followers just since January. Also on a daily basis, Soldiers, family members, and Army civilians use these same tools to keep each other informed about personal details, as well as larger issues impacting the entire Army community. Social media not only provides people with more information, but also provides them the ability to influence decisions that can affect them and their community. In short, many already routinely use social media to expand and enrich the Army community experience and TRADOC is encouraging these connections.

    Recently, TRADOC formally entered the social media world with blogging on the TRADOCLive blog page at

TRADOC leaders have posted blog entries to reach out to those interested in the future of the Army. As more people post their thoughts, this official blog will continue to grow. Other official posts about different topics are planned.

    The TRADOC commander and other senior Army leaders have encouraged all Army leaders to share what they can about what they are doing with the American public. The goal is to empower Soldiers,  Army civilians, Army family members and the general public with greater understanding and to provide a format for sincere, transparent, two-way discussion. Social media will play a key role in that communication effort. The desire is to make people aware of the many interesting and important    TRADOC initiatives. They need to know that doctrine is moving from paper field manuals to wikis that can be accessed from anywhere that has access to the Internet, so doctrine can be more quickly updated with lessons learned in the operational theaters, and can be more widely disseminated. They need to know that developing adaptive and agile leaders is a top priority for the Army. TRADOC’s priority is to demonstrate to Americans in every way possible that they are getting the best-trained, best-equipped and most highly skilled Soldiers; and, social media is supercharging this goal.

    Of the many ways TRADOC interacts through the social media world:

n  the TRADOC Flickr page shares images of what is happening at the TRADOC schools and centers at

n  the command keeps the public abreast of news headlines throughout the command on Twitter at

n  TRADOC News Service video interviews with senior leaders and video news stories appear on Vimeo at

n  the new TRADOC Facebook page is at


    As a command, TRADOC will continue to engage Soldiers across the Army, their family members, Army civilians, and the public at large through a variety of social media platforms to tell the TRADOC story.

    To find links to all the TRADOC social media ventures, g

Suzanne Reynolds, Army War College Public Affairs Office

A Civil War Adventure for a special seven-year-old comes true


Chris Semancik, AHEC Small Arms Curator describes a military handgun to Make-A-Wish recipient Eric Felix during his tour of the Army Heritage and Education Center on July 6. Photo by Charity Murtorff.

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July 10, 2009 -- After a day as a Civil War Soldier in the July Reenactment of the Battle of Gettysburg, a 7-year-old California boy surrounded himself with stories, papers and guns of Civil War Soldiers when he spent a day at the Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, Pa.

    AHEC opened the doors to its special collections for Eric Felix’s Make-a-Wish Civil War Adventure in historic Pennsylvania.

    In a behind-the-scenes tour of AHEC collections, Eric checked out historic uniforms, maps and extensive collection of military firearms not routinely seen by the general public, like Gen. Bradley’s D-Day map and his ivory-handled Colts.

    Especially excited about visiting the Weapons Room, Eric identified the MP-40 machine gun as one of his favorites among the weapons on display.

    The AHEC part of his Civil War Adventure was an opportunity to add to the 3rd grader’s remarkable knowledge of the Civil War and World War II. He told everyone around him about the weapons used, the battles fought, and the players on both sides of the battles.

     “I don’t know how he knows all this,” said Eric’s mother, Mabelinda, who described the Make-a-Wish trip as a once-in-lifetime opportunity to be a Soldier in battle.

    Eric points to video games as one of his sources of information.

     Eric traveled from Long Beach, Calif., to Pennsylvania with his brother, George, and parents Steven and Mabelinda. They completed Eric’s soldiering adventure on the Army Heritage Trail's outdoors exhibits, walking the World War I trenches, visiting the World War II barracks and Sherman tank, and riding a modern ‘Humvee.’

    “I think I will come back next year,” he said.

    Diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia three years ago, Eric received his final chemo treatment in April.  In remission now, he will continue with medical check-ups and start third grade this coming school year.

    The Make-A-Wish Foundation “grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.”

DoD launches new NSPS training site

The DoD Program Executive Office has launched a revised training website - NSPS Connect.

    NSPS Connect is a source for NSPS learning materials, resources and tools and replaces the "Training" page of the DoD NSPS website. A button for NSPS Connect has been added to the main menu of the DoD NSPS home page, and NSPS Connect may be found at: The information provided at this website is at the DoD level. Component specific information may still be located on the Army's NSPS website.

    NSPS Connect is a comprehensive web page that organizes learning materials in three ways for easy access to products. Materials are organized by:

·         Role: Products are organized for the employee, manager/supervisor/pay pool administrator/official, and HR practitioner. For the HR practitioner only, NSPS materials are organized by NSPS regulations and implementing issuances.

·         Topic: Web users can access learning products under topics such as classification, compensation and pay setting, performance management, pay pools, and staffing and employment.

·         Category: Web users can access learning products by categories such as external links, resources & tools, and training.


Maj. Mark Martin, Asymmetric Warfare Office

Commentary: Ready Army takes daily preparation


July 9, 2009 -- As we approach the peak season for hurricanes and the anniversaries of both Hurricane Katrina and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, it is a good time to ask ourselves, "Am I as prepared as I can be for all potential hazards?"
    There is no time like the present to do the right thing for your family and make sure they are prepared for all the hazards they face. To help you, the Army launched its Ready Army Campaign in September of 2008 in conjunction with National Preparedness Month. Ready Army is designed to prepare the entire Army family for all potential hazards, both natural and manmade.
    "At command and installation levels we're asking that public affairs offices partner with their emergency preparedness personnel, directors of plans, training, mobilization and security, first responders and family program personnel to promote this program," said Col. Jon Dahms, chief of planning support in Army public affairs. "This program will educate our families on disaster preparedness and motivate them to 'Get a Kit, Make a Plan and Be Informed,' as the program's motto encourages."
    Around the Army, garrisons are teaming with city leaders to develop emergency preparedness plans that mirror or integrate with the Ready Army concepts, said Dennis Bohannon, director of strategic communication for the Army chief of installation management.
    "Fort Hood and Killeen, Texas, are prime examples," Bohannon said. "On Fort Hood there is Ready Army. Outside the gates, there is Ready Killeen. The teaming effort has benefited the installation, the city, and more importantly, the families that live both on and off the installation. Nearly one million Ready Army products have already been shipped to installations at their request. It is an important program for them. The Army is committed to improving family readiness and providing our families a strong, supportive environment where they can thrive. Ready Army is one means of fulfilling that commitment."
    Everything an installation/organization needs to highlight the Ready Army program and help families prepare is available at the Ready Army website:
    In April, the Ready Army program launched the annual "Prepared Kids Competition" as part of its ongoing effort to encourage family preparedness planning.
    "To make sure families are involved, we are (providing) kids with some fun activities so that they talk to their parents," said James Platt, deputy chief of the Asymmetric Warfare Office's protection division. "It opens an avenue so they can talk to their parents and becomes the impetus for getting the program started in the family."
    "These children's activities and contests are excellent," said Bohannon. "They help create awareness for the program. But, being "ready" is serious business. It is not only the right thing to do, it is peace of mind in knowing what you and your family are going to do in an emergency," Bohannon said.
   Children and teens can submit such things as a poem or song lyrics they have written, a short video, a poster, T-shirt or bookmark design, a personal story of experiencing an emergency, an essay or creative novella, a 30-second public service announcement for radio or television, a preparedness game, a drawing, sculpture or musical piece; or as children at Fort Bliss, Texas, suggested, even computer software they have written. Entries can be uploaded via the Ready Army Web site.
    The Ready Army program will be the focus again this year during National Preparedness Month in September.
    "We want to emphasize to organizations and installations across the Army that preparedness applies to more than just the Soldier," Dahms said. "By providing the tools and knowledge our families require to be prepared for all hazards, we are not only improving the readiness of our Soldiers and their families, we will be more prepared as a nation to face the next natural or manmade disaster."
   Soldiers of all Army components, civilians and their family members should become familiar with the spectrum of possible dangers and learn how they will be notified about them.
    It is also important to give special consideration to local hazards such as hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding, earthquakes or other extreme weather situations.
    Living abroad presents additional preparedness challenges and sometimes less familiar hazards like volcanic eruptions and tsunamis.
    While the potential threats can seem overwhelming, keep in mind that most of what should be contained in family emergency plans or put in emergency kits will be useful regardless of the hazard.
    Preparedness is a year-round effort that everyone can be a part of by remembering and acting on the three keys to being a Ready Army: Get a kit, make a plan and be informed.

Getting a preparedness kit together
    Assemble a collection of first aid supplies, food, water, medicines and important papers to sustain your family for at least three days after an event and until a crisis passes. Consider the unique needs of your family and pets, and then assemble emergency supply kits in the home, car and workplace. These kits will enable your family to respond to an emergency more quickly. The various emergency kits will be useful whether evacuating or sheltering-in-place.
Suggested basic items to consider for a home emergency kit:

• Water-at least one gallon per person per day for at least three days
• Food-nonperishable food for at least three days
• Formula and diapers for infants
• Food, water, other supplies and documents for pets
• Manual can opener
• Flashlight, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration battery-powered weather radio, battery-powered cell phone charger and extra batteries
• First aid kit with dust masks, antiseptic and prescription medications
• Sanitation supplies such as moist towelettes, disinfectant, toilet paper and garbage bags
• Important documents-personal, financial and insurance
• Family emergency plan, local maps and a copy of your command reporting information

Additional items can be essential for those serving abroad:
• Passports
• Birth abroad certificate for children born overseas
• Cash in local currency
• Card with local translations of basic terms
• Electrical current converter

Many other items could prove helpful:
• Fire extinguisher
• Any tools needed to turn off utilities
• Matches in a waterproof container
• Paper plates, paper cups, plastic utensils, paper towels
• Coats and rain gear
• Sleeping bags or other bedding
• Weather-appropriate change of clothes for each person
• Books, games, puzzles, toys and other activities for children

Making a plan for your family

     Make and practice a family emergency plan. Consider the range of potential emergencies and all the places your family members might be. Family members may not be together when an emergency strikes. Planning ahead for various emergencies will improve the chances of keeping in touch, staying safe and quickly reuniting.
     Some emergencies require different responses than others, but a family communications procedure will be helpful in any case. Knowing how to keep in touch and find one another will help your family stay safe and cope with the confusion and fear that come when emergencies strike.

Help your family be informed
    Emergencies can arise from weather and other natural hazards, industrial and transportation accidents, disease epidemic and terrorist acts. Anticipate the emergencies most likely to affect your family and learn about related procedures including the Army Disaster Personnel Accountability and Assessment System. Being informed also means knowing first aid and appropriate response measures. Knowing what to do can make all the difference when seconds count.



Army Substance Abuse Program
Summer Sense: Installation Picnic

Enjoy the Installation Picnic and be responsible.

    Drinking alcohol is a privilege that carries a great responsibility. If you drink, make sure that you remember the acronym HALT (don't drink if you are Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired), and that you have a buddy you can trust and have planned a safe, sober ride home.

    Use these easy tips to assist in making the responsible decision if you decide to drink: 
     * Eat before and during drinking
     * Don't gulp or chug your drinks; drink slowly and make the drink last – try to drink no more than one alcoholic drink per hour and no    more than three on any given day (have higher rates of health and impairment problems)
     * Alternate between alcohol and non-alcoholic drinks
     * Remember the word HALT
     * Before you celebrate, designate – identify a responsible driver who will not drink, or plan ahead to use public transportation

    Know what to look for: Signs of impairment can include:
     * Lack of coordination
     * Aggressive behavior
     * Very talkative
     * Very indifferent
     * Slurred speech and incoherent

     Pennsylvania DUI
     * PA's laws are among the strictest in the country
     * .08 Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) is considered legally drunk in PA
     * There's a possibility of fines up to $10,000 depending on the level of impairment and the offense
     * There may be jail time depending on the level of impairment and the offense
     * You may have your driver's license suspended depending on the level of impairment and the offense
     * Refusal to take a chemical test will result in automatic and immediate loss of license for one year

 REMEMBER – It is always OK not to drink.


Contact the Army Substance Abuse Program at 245-4576.




New traffic pattern at the Claremont Road gate starting July 8

    July 8, 2009 -- Beginning Wednesday, July 8 the Claremont Vehicle Access Control site along Jim Thorpe Road will be re-paved, causing a minor shift in traffic entering post. Only a small portion of Jim Thorpe Road, from the I.D. card checkpoint to the traffic light on Claremont Road, will be paved. Traffic patterns will marginally change during the two phase project, detour signs will be posted. 

    Phase I will begin on Wednesday, July 8 with an expected completion date of Monday, July 13. The left lane from the checkpoint to the traffic signal will be closed for paving. Vehicles entering post will enter as usual in the right lane but should exercise caution through the site. Vehicles going to the Skills Center, Auto Craft Shop and Vehicle Registration will be detoured around the rear of the construction site.

    Following the completion of the left lane, phase II will close the right lane from the checkpoint to the traffic signal. Vehicles entering post will enter as usual but will be directed into the left lane at the checkpoint. Access to the Skills Center, Auto Craft Shop and Vehicle Registration will be as normal. The scheduled completion date for both phases is currently Friday, July 17.

    The new road is a part of the $1.5 million project that will provide a new vehicle checkpoint that will enhance traffic flow and minimize morning congestion. The project that began this past winter also includes an upgraded traffic light, street lights, and a new pedestrian sidewalk from the Meadows to the gate.

Kelly Schloesser, Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs
Holliday takes command of Carlisle Barracks garrison

Outgoing garrison commander Lt. Col. Sergio Dickerson, hands the unit colors to Russel Hall, director of the Northeast Region of the Installation Management Command, before they were passed to the new garrison commander, Lt. Col. Janet Holliday. Photo by Greg Welker.

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 July 8, 2009 – Hundreds of Carlisle Barracks residents and staff welcomed Lt. Col. Janet Holliday, the incoming garrison command as she received the unit colors from one of the Army’s most historic posts on Wednesday, July 8.

    “I am humbled and grateful to have this opportunity to command,” said Holliday.

    As the garrison commander, Holliday will live alongside Carlisle Barracks residents ensuring their quality of life and provide support to the mission activities of the Army War College and other post organizations.

   “I am impressed with every member of the garrison staff and Carlisle family that I have met so far and am looking forward to a great adventure here as part of that team,” said Holliday.

    Holliday comes to Carlisle Barracks from the Joint Staff at the Pentagon as deputy special assistant for General/Flag Matters.  Her previous assignments include the 2nd Infantry Division as Deputy G-1 in Korea and at the Army Casualty and Memorial Affairs Operations Center as chief of fatal training accidents and executive officer to the director.

    Holliday said she looked forward to working with the war college. Having served as a professor at the United States Military Academy at West Point, she is familiar with the Army’s academic institutions.

    Maj. Gen. Robert Williams, USAWC commandant, said he was confident Holliday would find success at Carlisle Barracks.

   “She has an outstanding record of service to our nation and we welcome her to our community.”

    The outgoing commander, Lt. Col. Sergio Dickerson, reflected on his time in command.

    “Words cannot express what these three years has meant for Juli and me,” said Dickerson about his wife. “I owe you all a debt of gratitude for allowing me the privilege to be your commander.”  

    Dickerson has served as garrison commander for three years and will remain at Carlisle Barracks as a student in the Army War College class of 2010.

    During his time in command, he led the largest installation-wide transformation process since the 1940’s.  The project created several new housing areas for students and faculty, as well as the Delaney Field Club House.  Renovations, energy efficient upgrades, and green practices have been implemented as a part of the project.

    Russell Hall, director of the Northeast Region of Installation Management Command, presided over the ceremony.

    “This is a great day to be here. Every installation is unique and this garrison supports a very special community,” said Hall. “They ensure the continued success of the Army War College. The support they give is critical.”

    Hall noted that the installation has gone through a period of change on a scale not seen since World War II.

    “Here we have worked together to improve quality of life for Families, Soldiers and civilians and will continue to do so.”   

   He charged Holliday with an important mission.

   “We will work together to build on the successes of this great installation.”

Memorial service for Col. Mark Eastman

Col. Mark Alan Eastman, 45, of Fort Knox, died Thursday, July 9, 2009, at Ireland Army Community Hospital in Fort Knox. He is survived by his wife, Laura L. Eastman.


A memorial service will be held at the Carlisle Barracks Post Memorial Chapel July 16 at noon.


Arrangements are incomplete at Nelson-Edelen-Bennett Funeral Home in Radcliff.


Any persons aware of property or outstanding issues regarding COL Eastman should contact COL Steve Landis at 245-4456 or


Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Commentary: July 4th most American of holidays

June 30, 2009 -- As an American, I am honored and proud to share with my country and the men and women in the nation's armed forces in annual celebration of our nation's birth.  July Fourth, a celebration of the freedoms and independence we share and defend as Americans, must be the most American of our holidays. 

    As Americans celebrate our independence and freedom today, the reminders abound that freedom is far from free. The threat to liberty may be more distant today than it was to our revolutionary forebears fighting scant miles from their farms and villages, but it is just as real, and every bit as lethal, if not more so.  Today, as they have throughout our nation's 233-year "experiment in Democracy" as it's been called, Americans in uniform stand at the front to maintain our independence as a nation and our liberty as free men and women.

    Here at Carlisle Barracks, these men and women refine the skills they will need to continue protecting our country. Each year almost 700 student-leaders graduate from the Army War College and continue their journey as our strategic leaders in the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard and DoD and government agencies. Upon graduation these men and women are charged with leading our military. In these times I cannot think of a more important mission.  

    Behind them though, stand an "army" of civilian employees, retirees and family members who play just as an important a role. Whether it's teaching a new concept in a seminar, watching their children at the Child Development Center, making sure a laptop is ready to go before they head out on a TDY, catching a potentially life-threatening medical condition during their APFRI assessment or taking the kids to the movies so mom or dad can finish up their SRP before the deadline, each one of them play a vital, if not unseen role. Without the support of these men and women, our servicemembers could not clearly focus on their goal, protecting the greatest country in the world.  At this time of year we should thank them as well.

    One aspect that makes America so special is the way that people from all walks of life can work together to support a common goal. There is no American "race." It is our American creed that binds a nation of rich multiplicity.  Our creed is founded in the rights of man, expressed by representative government, justice and the rule of law.  Personal responsibility and tolerance smooth the interactions of citizens who may share significantly differing backgrounds, ethnicities or beliefs.

    This creed has woven and lifted the lives of America's millions over the generations, and is the essence of what we celebrate on the Fourth.  In turn, those generations have so often unselfishly outstretched a hand to others abroad.  We are doing so today.  Today the Army has approximately 245,000 Soldiers deployed to 80 countries around the world. There are 447,000 Soldiers serving on active duty, with approximately 83,000 Army National Guard and Army Reserve Soldiers mobilized.

    So on our nations birthday, let's celebrate each in our own way to mark the blessings of life and freedoms for which many others can only hope.  As we give thanks for those blessings, let us also recall that freedom is not free.  Let us give thanks for those who in each American generation have been willing to pay the price so that this annual celebration of liberty might continue.

Carlisle Summerfair--Fun events for the whole family

Suzanne Reynolds, Public Affairs Office, June 30, 2009

From Thursday, July 2 to Saturday, July 11, Carlisle celebrates the United States Day of Independence with a week of events, many free.

  Summerfair, the annual Fourth of July community celebration includes events and activities supported by organizations from the greater Carlisle area.

  Some of the free events for families include:

  *Opening Ceremonies/Parade, July 2, 6:30 p.m. at Veterans Square, corner of High and Hanover Streets

  *Fireworks Show on Friday, July 3, 9:30 p.m. at the Carlisle Fairgrounds, off Spring Road and K Street

  *Harrisburg Symphony performance, Sunday, July 5, 7:30 p.m., at Dickinson College's Rush Campus, off West High Street between Mooreland Avenue and College Street--bring your lawn chairs

  *Old Carlisle Prison Tours, July 6, 1 to 3 p.m., East High Street between Bedford and Hanover Streets

  *Historic Carlisle Candlelight Walking Tour, Monday, July 6, 6:30 p.m. at the Army Heritage and Education Center's Army Heritage Trail off Army Heritage Drive

  This tour will feature up to eight Historic Carlisle, Inc. narrators who will be at various sites on the Army Heritage Trail, telling the stories of those who lived through the eras:  Jeff Hawks' personal experience in Desert Storm at the Current Operations exhibit; Vietnam veteran Terry Hegglin at the Vietnam firebase; Mark Scheneman about the Revolutionary War era at the Yorktown Redoubt; Jim Flower about Gen. Armstrong's French & Indian War experience; and three interconnected stories about the Civil War: Mary Faller Duxbury's story of John and Leo Faller, Skip and Annie Ebert's story of James Colwell, and Al Masland's story of the Masland family.

 The candlelight tour of the trail was coordinated by Army Heritage Foundation educator Lorraine Luciano. Tour guides will be on site. Rain date is July 7.

  *Children's Fishing Derby (ages 4-12), Saturday, July 11, 8 a.m. at LeTort Park, off of East Pomfret Street  

Find the events and schedule:

Greg Welker, Army War College Public Affairs Office
New housing referral system makes finding a home easier

July 1, 2009  -- Everybody knows it’s difficult to find good housing from across the nation or sometimes from across town. It’s an old story that has a new ending: The Carlisle Barracks Housing Office is implementing a new, free internet-based housing referral system to overcome that problem, the Automated Housing Referral Network.

    AHRN was created to help military members and their families find housing upon receiving a Permanent Change of Station order. is a user-friendly site that allows you to look at houses, inside and out, over the internet. Owners, either renting or selling properties, give detailed information about the house, neighborhood, local schools, and crime in the area.

    ”This housing referral network is a quantum leap forward from the process we used in our housing services office and the word-of-mouth or sponsor method," said Bif Coyle, chief of the Housing and Residential Communities Office here.  “With the internet, incoming military and families are able to reach out from anywhere and get an updated list of available housing.”

    Using is a simple process as well. Local property managers and military register their available properties on the site, often several months before the property will be available.  These properties are then easily visible to incoming personnel when they search the site for available housing. AHRN is also available to DoD Civilians or contractors with a “.mil” email address.

    “It is very user friendly,” said Denise Milton, Housing Management Specialist. “Simply register with an email address and search for homes. On the site, click search listings, or manage for those renting or selling. It’s just that simple.”

    The Carlisle Barracks Housing Services Office is looking forward to expanding its program by encouraging local property managers to register.  

    "The larger the database, the more useful it will be to people searching for places to live," said Coyle. To make registering properties a worry-free proposition, incorporates several layers of privacy protection. In return for registering their properties, provides property owners with a consistent resource of quality tenants.

    “It’s a win-win for everyone who uses the site,” says Coyle.

     To register or find out more, visit


Authors experience

    I decided to give a try myself and found it very easy to register and search through listings. Make sure, though, that you don’t make your search too specific. Doing so may not display properties meeting most of your criteria. Right now there are 103 listings in the Carlisle area.

    Overall it is very easy to navigate and self-explanatory to register. The search function is straightforward and will make finding a property pretty easy.  


Thomas Zimmerman, Army war College Public Affairs Office
Distance Class of 2010 tests concepts with new exercise

Members of the Army War College Distance Education Class of 2010 listen to a noon-time lecture in the Omar Bradley Auditorium June 25.

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June 24, 2009 -- After a year of reading, studying, writing, researching and collaborating behind a computer screen, the 350 members of the Distance Education Class of 2010 reported to the Army War College June 15 for the first of their two resident sessions.

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

    "The first year is really based in independent learning. The second year  focuses on collaboration, " said Col. Sue Myers, first year studies director.  "That's why these resident sessions are so important."

   The distance program is a two-year program as  opposed to the 10-months of the resident course, but that's not the only difference. 

    Instead of mailing in papers or handing them to their faculty advisors, students log onto a secure website. The site provides students with primary and supplementary materials and allows students to participate in real-time discussions. This site is the focal point for faculty-student interaction, for viewing multimedia course work, constructing papers, sending course papers, and receiving evaluated work.

"The program allows students to immediately apply what they are learning to their professions," said Myers.


Members of the Distance Education Class of 2010 talk on the Root Hall Patio before the Army Birthday celebration June 15. The 350 students came to Carlisle Barracks for the first of their two, two-week resident sessions. Photo by Spc. Jennifer Rick.

New exercise tests students

   As part of the resident session, student participated in the first ever First Resident Course Exercise.

   "The FRC Exercise is designed to enhance the students' strategy formulation skills by rationalizing U.S. global interests to a specific regional crisis," said Kevin Dowling , distance education program course developer.  "As it draws heavily from concepts studied during the first year it serves as a mini-capstone for first year studies."

   The exercise is split into two parts that take place over three days. During the first phase students focused on global issues and interest. In phase two, students assume the roles of the interagency. This exercise focused on a fictional crisis in Darfur.

    "Students' are assigned roles and provided role descriptions of various senior players in the interagency," said Dowling. "The role play is designed to give the seminar discussion of the Darfur crisis some organizational and bureaucratic context, is so common to the interagency process where national policy is decided."  

    During their two-week session the students traveled to Washington D.C. to visit government and other agencies , underwent APFRI assessments, sat in on noontime lectures, and had a chance to make new colleagues during social events.

   The distance program consists of 10 courses, with topics from Strategic Leadership to Strategic Challenges for the 21st Century. In addition to the program courses, every student in the Distance Education Program will take an elective course during the second Resident Course.

    Since its inception in 1970, the Distance Education Program of the Army War College has been a MEL-1 accredited program.

 Like the resident course,  the distance program confers upon the graduates the Masters of Strategic Studies degree.

 Army 2009 Summer safety message

June 26, 2009 -- As a component of our ongoing commitment to the safety of Soldiers, Families and Civilians, the Army recently launched the Safe Summer 2009 campaign.  The annual campaign to protect members of the Army Family runs from May through September and emphasizes prevention and vigilance during the summer season.  This is especially critical as off-duty accidents typically increase during high risk summer activities.  Our team efforts will help to prevent accidents and to keep our Army Family safe.

    The Army serves as a model for leadership, values, and commitment to mission.  We are applying that same commitment to the ongoing integration of safety and occupational health into the Army culture.  This integration enhances our planning, operations, and training; additionally, it helps us to avoid unacceptable residual risk to missions, personnel, equipment, and the environment.  For the Safe Summer campaign to become a natural part of the Army culture, we will need the participation of leaders at all levels; they are critical to the success of this campaign.

    Areas of emphasis for the Safe Summer campaign include: boating and watercraft safety; motorcycle safety awareness; click-it-or-ticket and driving safety; driving-under-the-influence and fatigue; grilling and food preparation; heat injury prevention; water and swimming safety; camping and hiking safety; adverse weather; and extreme sports.

    We hope that all members of the Army Family have a safe and enjoyable summer.

    Army Safe is Army Strong!

Kenneth O. Preston                               George W. Casey, Jr.                Pete Geren

Sergeant Major of the Army       General, United States Army      Secretary of the Army

                                                            Chief of Staff


TRADOC Independence Day holiday weekend and summer safety  

June 26, 2009 -- I'd like to wish you and your Families a happy, healthy, and safe Independence Day.

     The Soldiers and civilians of TRADOC and their Families understand the cost of freedom.

    Thank you for all you do for this command, for your fellow Soldiers, for our Army, and for our Nation every day.

     This holiday weekend marks the beginning of the summer season with all of the many recreational activities, celebrations, vacations--and risks--that those activities can involve.

     Protect your family and friends as you enjoy these activities. Manage risk using the tools we've provided to you. Composite Risk Management works whether in planning training or in planning recreation.

     My wife, Deanie, joins me in wishing you a Happy Fourth of July!

 Victory Starts Here!

Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, United States Army Training and Doctrine Command, Commanding General


Carlisle Barracks change of command ceremony July 8
    Lt. Col. Janet Holliday will take command of the United States Army Garrison at Carlisle Barracks during a change of command ceremony on the post’s historic parade grounds at Wheelock Bandstand, Wednesday, July 8 at 10 a.m.
    Holliday’s prior assignment was on the Joint Staff at the Pentagon as Deputy Special Assistant for General/Flag Matters.
    The outgoing commander, Lt. Col. Sergio Dickerson, has served as garrison commander for three years and will remain at Carlisle Barracks as a student of the Army War College.
    The garrison commander provides “city-manager” support to the mission activities of the War College and other organizations, as well as to residents of Army housing on post.

    For more community news check the Community Calendar.

Post Chapel hosting Vacation Bible School July 27-31
    Take a romp through the swamp July 27- 31 at “Crocodile Dock” Vacation Bible School the post chapel. For further information, contact our Catholic or Protestant Religious Education Coordinators at 717-245-4330 and 717-245-4344 respectively or visit 

For more community news check the Community Calendar.  

 Kelly Schloesser, Army War College Public Affairs

Carlisle Barracks change of command ceremony July 8
    Lt. Col. Janet Holliday will take command of the United States Army Garrison at Carlisle Barracks during a change of command ceremony on the post’s historic parade grounds at Wheelock Bandstand, Wednesday, July 8 at 10 a.m.
    Holliday’s prior assignment was on the Joint Staff at the Pentagon as Deputy Special Assistant for General/Flag Matters. As a member of the Adjunct General Corps, she has served in several staff and academic positions. Prior to the Pentagon, Holliday was assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division as Deputy G-1 in Korea and at the Army Casualty and Memorial Affairs Operations Center as chief of fatal training accidents and executive officer to the director. Holiday also served as a professor at the United States Military Academy at West Point.   
    The outgoing commander, Lt. Col. Sergio Dickerson, has served as garrison commander for three years and will remain at Carlisle Barracks as a student of the Army War College.

Dickerson reflects on three years of service to Soldiers and families

Lt. Col. Sergio Dickerson, garrison commander, presents medals to all participants at the annual Command Sergeant Major's Cup. Dickerson will hand-over command to Lt. Col. Janet Holliday on Wednesday, July 8 after three years at Carlisle Barracks. Photo by Megan Clugh.

June 29, 2009 - After three years as garrison commander of Carlisle Barracks, Lt. Col. Sergio Dickerson will hand-over command to Lt. Col. Janet Holliday on Wednesday, July 8 at 10 a.m. at the post's historic parade grounds.

    Dickerson reflected on three years in a job he said that he truly enjoyed.

    "The most rewarding part of my job is being able to help someone in need," said Dickerson.  "When I can help a family find a handicap home, help a spouse when her husband's deployment has been extended, or a child in need of more care … there is nothing more rewarding."

    As the garrison commander, he provides a "city-manager" support to the mission activities of the Army War College and other organizations on post, as well as to residents of Army housing.

    "Taking care of the needs and security of our Soldiers, families, and civilians is what being a garrison commander is about," he said.   

    Col. Thomas Torrance, former deputy commandant, praised Dickerson for his planning and leadership. In the past three years, he said, the garrison commander has led the transformation process of Carlisle Barracks, setting the stage and completing approximately 75% of the largest installation-wide project since the 1940s.

    Dickerson said he received a lot of support on the project.

   "Many people have made this transformation possible. The people who have come before me, who I work with daily, and who will come after me are all a part of the success. It has been an honor and a privilege to work with everyone and to see this through," said Dickerson.

   The project provides several new housing areas for students, including 46 homes at the Meadows and the nearly-completed 24 homes at Heritage Heights. Permanent party families also saw the addition of 24 Marshall Ridge homes last September with another 22 single-family and 12 duplex-homes on the way.

Lt. Col. Sergio Dickerson and Maj. Gen. Robert Williams, USAWC commandant, present a "key" to Col. Jack Pritchard, 2009 class president, for new housing at the Meadows on Carlisle Barracks. The Meadows added 46 homes for students and their families as a part of the largest construction project since the 1940s. Photo by Spc. Jennifer Rick.  

Another addition this year was the Delaney Field Club House, a 6,000-square-foot community center for residents. Renovations, energy efficient upgrades, and green practices on existing homes and buildings have also been implemented as a part of the transformation.

    "I'm very proud of not just our transformation of facilities but also the transformation of programs," said Dickerson.

    Torrance also praised Dickerson for fulfilling the promise he made to the families of Carlisle Barracks through the Army Family Covenant. The covenant also, he said, engaged the local Carlisle community and built stronger ties.   

     Other successes attributed to the garrison commander included the extensive programs offered through Youth Services and the Child Development Center, as well as planning for the new YS facility, slated for a 2010 completion.   

     Still, security and the well-being of all those on Carlisle Barracks remains Dickerson's highest priority.

     "In the last three years we haven't had any severe accidents or security incidences, which I'm not sure any other installation could say," said Dickerson, attributing this to the force protection program and outstanding police and guards.   

    As for his next assignment, Dickerson will stay on post at Carlisle Barracks as a resident student of the Army War College. His family couldn't be happier, he said.

    "My family and I have made Carlisle our home in the past three years. It is a dream come true to continue to be a part of the community that we have made such strong bonds with," he said.

   Dickerson also noted that he is very excited to see the other side of Carlisle Barracks as a student, and to take advantage of all the great programs available to him and his family. 

After three years, he still enjoys garrison command, but he is ready to make the transition to the strategic level and learn to be a senior leader, he said.   

    "I look forward to getting back in touch with the operational and strategic Army, to learn from my experienced peers and the extraordinary faculty. I have no doubt that the war college will not just fulfill my expectations but exceed them," he said.

Lt. Col. Sergio Dickerson celebrates the Army Birthday with children at the Moore Child Development Center on Carlisle Barracks. Dickerson has led the effort to expand the programs offered at the CDC and Youth Services. Photo by Thomas Zimmerman.

Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Clinic closures lead to more appointments, speed in care

June 30, 2009 – Clients of Dunham Army Health Clinic are seeing the benefits of the clinic's new schedule after just a few months.

    The clinic began closing on Thursday afternoons in April to help maximize time for patent care. Dunham and its three subordinate clinics at the Defense Distribution Center in New Cumberland, Fort Indiantown Gap and Letterkenney Army Depot close every Thursday afternoon to complete mandatory training and administrative requirements.

   "The dedicated weekly closure time helps optimize our ability to care for our patients," said Col. Kenneth Trzepkowski, Dunham Clinic Commander. This closure includes all ancillary services to include Pharmacy, Radiology, Laboratory and Immunizations. "Our goal is to have the right number of providers seeing patients, with the right number of nursing and ancillary staff in support, to take care of medical needs," he said.

    Since the closures began, Dunham has been able to add about eight appointments a week, but the good news for patients doesn't end there.

    "We've also been able to speed up our referral and other paperwork processes which means faster care and access for our users," said Trzepkowski. The ability to complete trainings and paperwork has also allowed the clinic to remain open on two military training holidays, further creating more access.

    The decreased wait time for referrals has been great, according to one of their clients.

    "It definitely seems like it's taken less time to get my referrals," said retired Air Force Col. James Watson who comes to the clinic for his medical care. "I think it's great."

    The plan has been so effective Trzepkowski has been asked to brief it to other medical leaders at an upcoming North Atlantic Regional Medical Command workshop.

    "Our ultimate goal here at Dunham is to maximize the time that providers are seeing patients in the most efficient manner."



Brian Robinson, Defense Systems
DOD memo sets tone for Army’s future after FCS

Future Combat System is formally cancelled

June 24, 2009 -- The Defense Department has issued an acquisition decision memorandum (ADM) that sets the future direction for Army modernization and that formally cancels the Future Combat System (FCS) program, the largest of the Army’s modernization efforts.

    The memorandum issued June 23 confirms the recommendations made earlier this year by Defense Secretary Robert Gates to replace the single, giant program with a number of smaller modernization efforts.

    FCS, particularly the manned combat vehicle portion, did not reflect the anti-insurgency lessons learned in Iraq and Afghanistan, Gates said. The ballooning cost of the program and a contracting structure that didn’t closely tie fees to performance were also major issues.

    One of the new modernization programs includes plans to quickly spin out the FCS capabilities that have already been developed to seven infantry brigades.

    David Ahern, director of portfolio systems acquisition in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, told a Senate Armed Services Committee panel earlier this month that limited user testing will be conducted this summer on various individual systems — the small unmanned ground vehicle, the class 1 unmanned air vehicle, unattended ground sensors and the Non-Line of Sight Launch System — as well as the network components needed to tie the systems together.

    A Milestone C decision to move the systems into production is expected by the end of 2009, he said.

s well as this early infantry brigade acquisition, other programs so far identified for the new regime include a follow-on Brigade Combat Team (BCT) modernization, a ground combat vehicle modernization and an incremental ground tactical network capability.

    The follow-on BCT program will expand the delivery of the early acquisition to remaining Army combat brigades by 2025. An acquisition plan for that will be presented for review in the fall, Ahern said.

    The Army’s Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) has been given the task of identifying just what the critical issues are for the new Army modernization approach. It formed a task force to conduct a comprehensive review of force designs, the overall BCT modernization plan, network integrated architectures and ground combat vehicle operations requirements.

    The resulting modernization strategy will produce “a versatile mix of BCTs that will leverage mobility, protection, information and precision fires to conduct effective operations across the spectrum of conflict,” said Lt. Gen. Michael Vane, director of TRADOC’s Army Capabilities Integration Center.

    This article can be found at


Historic change of leadership at U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy

What is it?
    On June 29, 2009 the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy made history with one simple, early morning ceremony. On that day the USASMA came under the leadership of a Command Sergeant Major as its commandant for the first time in the academy's history.

What has the Army done?
   In October 2008, the secretary of the Army declared that 2009 would be the Year of the Noncommissioned Officer. He and other top Army leaders, in a tri-signed letter, acknowledged that "today's NCOs operate autonomously, with confidence and competence... NCOs lead the way in education, in training and in discipline." As recognition of the NCO Corps' accomplishments in education, training and leadership, TRADOC directed USASMA leadership to look at eliminating officers positions within NCOES schools.
    "So Gen. (Martin E.) Dempsey (TRADOC commander) said he wanted to take a look at this... and that's what we have done," said Command Sgt. Maj. Raymond Chandler, incoming Commandant. "We showed him how we are going to accomplish what he wants which is empowering noncommissioned officers with their education system and put them in control of that as a part of the Army's Leader Development Strategy; and to also recognize in this Year of the NCO the fact that the corps has developed the knowledge and skills and attributes to take on this mission."
    Chandler notes that the early USASMA graduates had, on average, an eighth grade education. Today, over 95 percent of graduates have some type of college degree.

Why is this important to The Army?
    This change of leadership ceremony marks the beginning of a new era in Academy history; one that recognizes the accomplishments and importance of the Noncommissioned Officer and the Noncommissioned Officer Education System.

What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future?
    This is a permanent change and represents just one of several initiatives to enhance awareness and public understanding of the roles and responsibilities of today's NCO.

Year of the NCO Web site
USASMA Web site


 Lt. Col. Janet Holliday Bio, incoming Carlisle Barracks garrison commander   

    Lt. Col. Janet Holliday was commissioned from the United States Army Officer Candidate School in 1992, after serving four years as an enlisted Broadcast Journalist in Germany and Greece.  Her first assignment as an officer was with 72d Signal Battalion, Karlsruhe, Germany from 1992 to 1995, where she served as a Tactical Satellite platoon leader and Battalion Adjutant, deploying in support of Operation Deny Flight. 

    After branch transferring from the Signal Corps to the Adjutant General Corps, she assumed command of A Battery, Personnel Support Battalion at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. She also served on the General Staff at Fort Sill as the Deputy Protocol Officer. 

    In 1998, the United States Military Academy selected Lt. Col. Holliday for Advanced Civil Schooling enroute to an assignment as an Assistant Professor of English.  She completed her master's degree in English Literature in 2000 and was assigned to the USMA faculty, where she taught English Literature and Composition until 2003. She also served as the Executive Officer of the plebe Literature Course and faculty advisor for the cadet literary magazine. 

    Following Command and General Staff College in 2004, Lt. Col. Holliday was assigned to the 2d Infantry Division, Camp Red Cloud, Korea, as the Deputy G-1. 

    In 2005, she moved to Washington, DC and served two years at the US Army Casualty and Memorial Affairs Operations Center as Chief of Fatal Training Accidents and Executive Officer to the Director. 

    In 2007, she began her current assignment on the Joint Staff at the Pentagon as Deputy Special Assistant for General/Flag Matters.

    Lt. Col. Holliday's military education includes the Joint Warfighting Course, US Army Command and General Staff College, Combined Arms Services Staff School, Signal Officer Basic Course and the Adjutant General Officer Advanced Course. Her civilian education includes a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Kansas, a Master of Arts in Human Resources from the University of Oklahoma and a Master of Science in English Literature from the University of Kansas.

    Lt. Col. Holliday's awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Joint Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Achievement Medal and Joint Staff service badge.

   Lt. Col. Holliday is married to Mr. Rick Alwine.


Sgt. Jason Stadel, 16th MPAD
First-ever NCO commandant takes reigns of Sergeants Major Academy

FORT BLISS, Texas (June 30, 2009) -- Command Sgt. Maj. Raymond Chandler became the 19th commandant of the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy, a first for an enlisted Soldier during a ceremony June 29, at East Fort Bliss. Previously Chandler was the academy's command sergeant major.
    Col. Donald Gentry, the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy’s 18th commandant, relinquished command of USASMA. Gentry took command of the academy in July 2007. With his time as commandant at USASMA complete, Gentry will be the last officer to be the academy’s commandant. He will now take a position as the senior advisor to the Texas National Guard adjutant general.
     “There is a tremendous amount of pride being the first commandant of the Sergeants Major Academy as a noncommissioned officer,” Chandler said. “It’s also a very humbling experience because we develop NCOs based on performance and potential.”
    Brig. Gen. Edward Cardon, deputy commandant of the Command and General Staff College, Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth, Kan., said the time is right for a command sergeant major to take over the job as USASMA commandant due to the high level of leadership and responsibility given to NCOs.
    “We have the greatest noncommissioned officers corps we’ve ever had,” Cardon said. “You can look at how many people study our noncommissioned officer corps from all around the world, and it tells you we have something special.”
    USASMA was the only noncommissioned officer education system school that was led by a commissioned officer.
    “Noncommissioned officers have become responsible for their own education system,” Gentry said during his remarks.
    Since the terrorist attacks in September 2001, Chandler said the role of the NCO has become more self-sustaining.
    “Up until 9/11, the role of the noncommissioned officer was pretty much set,” said Chandler. “Now, as the role of officers has become greater, the role of the noncommissioned officer has inherently become greater to fill that vacuum. I think the noncommissioned officers corps has gone through tremendous changes … especially in the area of responsibility and working autonomously without an officer present.”
    The ceremony was attended by retired Sgt. Maj. of the Army William O. Wooldridge; the first sergeant major of the Army. Wooldridge lives in the El Paso area.
    “He stops by to see us from time to time,” Chandler said of Wooldridge. “It’s an amazing perspective that he can give you on where we’ve come in about 45 years.”
    Chandler said noncommissioned officers such as Wooldridge have worked to make the NCO Corps the backbone of the Army and opened the door allowing him to become the first commandant of USASMA.
     “Like Sergeant Major of the Army Wooldridge and others who have paved the way for noncommissioned officers to be where we are today, all I want to do is satisfy their legacy so that we can go even further,” said Chandler.


Recipients of some VA benefits will receive $250


June 25, 2009 – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has requested the Department of the Treasury to make $250 payments to eligible Veterans as part of President Obama’s recovery plan.  The first payments were sent Monday, June 22.  All payments will be distributed by June 30.

    As part of the recovery plan, VA is making one-time payments of $250 to eligible Veterans and survivors to offset the effects of the current economy.  VA estimates $500 million in payments will be made to approximately 1.9 million Veterans and eligible beneficiaries as part of this measure.

    To be eligible for the payment, VA beneficiaries must have received VA’s compensation, pension, dependency and indemnity compensation (DIC), or spina bifida benefits at any time between November 2008 and January 2009.  Also, beneficiaries must reside within the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa or the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

    No application is necessary.  VA used its existing payment records to determine eligibility for the $250 payment.  Beneficiaries will receive their payments the same way they receive their monthly VA benefits -- either by direct deposit or in the mail. 

    This payment is not countable in determining eligibility for VA pension or Parents’ DIC.  The law allows one $250 payment per person.  The payment is tax-free.  VA beneficiaries who also receive benefits from the Social Security Administration or Railroad Retirement Board will be paid through those agencies, and will therefore not receive the payment from VA.

    VA will spend more than $1.4 billion as part of President Obama’s economic recovery plan to improve services to America’s Veterans.  VA’s Internet site – – provides current information about VA’s work to deliver its portion of recovery act funds to benefit Veterans.