Banner Archive for July 2010

506th Parachute Infantry Regiment Living History Group to conduct “Basic Training Camp” at AHEC

  On Friday, July 30 and Saturday, July 31, the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment living history group, (the same unit as the famed “Band of Brothers”) will be conducting a basic training camp on the Army Heritage Trail. 

  Visitors will have an opportunity to see how a Soldier was trained and prepared for service overseas during the World War II period.  Hours for the event are Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  For more information, contact AHEC at 717-245-3972.

Suzanne Reynolds, Army War College Public Affairs

Army War College community welcomes class of 2011

Civilian students in the Class of 2011 receive information on the Speakers Bureau, The Banner and more during their inprocessing, July 27 in CSL.

Photo by Amanda Keene

Carlisle Barracks is welcoming the US students and International Fellows of the U.S. Army War College Class of 2011. In-processing this week, they will start the 10-month curriculum on August 2.

“We think this is a year of tremendous opportunity both for their professional development and personal growth,” said Dr. William Johnsen, dean of academics.
“We look forward to their insights, ideas, and contributions.”
The student body of 337 is carefully crafted along JIIM lines: joint, interagency, intergovernmental and multinational. 
All US armed services are represented with members of the Active component, Reserve and National Guard. U.S. military students include 198 Army officers, 32 Air Force officers, 17 Marine Corps officers, 15 Navy officers and 2 Coast Guard officers. US military officers are board selected and typically have approximately 20 years of service, having reached the rank of lieutenant colonel or colonel.
Civilian students are selected senior members of federal agencies engaged in national security. The 23 civilians represent the Defense Department, the Defense Intelligence Agency, Department of the Army, Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, the National Security Agency, U.S. Agency for International Development, and the Veterans' Administration.
The 50 International Fellows are senior military officers representing 49 nations:  Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Korea, Kuwait, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan (2), Philippines, Poland, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates.
The International Fellows have enjoyed a head-start in orientation because of the complexities of finding homes and cars, and adapting to new systems for schooling, banking, etc.
Centralized in-processing for the U.S. students is underway this week with more than 15 on-post agencies involved in making the process as smooth as possible. The garrison staff overhauled in recent years a formerly time-consuming system that required 15 stops in offices scattered throughout the installation. Now, it all takes place in no more than two hours in a “one-stop shop” in Collins Hall.
“We are here to make it as easy and enjoyable as possible,” said Randy Carpenter, supervisor of the Personnel Administration Center.

Donation to AHEC leads to unplanned exercise for post emergency services 

July 27, 2010 -- A potentially dangerous situation was averted yesterday at the Army Heritage and Education Center thanks to the quick and smart response by AHEC and post security personnel after a local resident inadvertently brought what may have been a live Civil War era shell to Ridgway Hall.

At about 3:15 an AHEC security guard quickly recognized the object, executed established precautions which included alerting post security who secured the area and alerted the Penn State EOD who transported the shell to a EOD site in Maryland.   

Lt. Col. Mark Viney, AHEC director, thanked the post and local emergency responders and the visitors to AHEC for their cooperation and expertise in handling the situation.

Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
New guards ready to protect Carlisle Barracks families, employees

New guards David Hervey, Brad Nace and Donald Wright get ready to receive their badges during a ceremony marking the end of their training to assume duties as guards at Carlisle Barracks in Upton Hall July 26. Photo by Amanda Keene.


July 26, 2010 – A new group of guards marked their end of the training today and will assume their duties protecting the families and employees of Carlisle Barracks.

 Guards David Hervey, Brad Nace and Donald Wright, all Air Force veterans, were recognized during a short ceremony in Upton Hall.


“Guard duty is a thankless job,” said Chief James “Chess” Chesser, police chief.  “You have to be a true professional to do this job and always vigilant. Our folks take that very seriously.”


“We are very glad to have you as part of the team,” said Lt. Col. Janet Holliday, garrison commander. “You serve a vital role and your hard work day in and out is what helps keep us safe.”


The three guards each bring with them a variety of experience and similar reasons for wanting to work at Carlisle Barracks.


“My dad retired here in Carlisle and I’ve always liked the area,” said Hervey. “I’d been waiting for a position here to open up and given my 10 years experience as a security policeman in the Air Force it seemed like a great fit. I’m really looking forward to being a part of the team here.”


“I was born and raised in Carlisle but left after school to join the Air Force,” said Wright. “I wanted to come back and work here at Carlisle Barracks because I really missed the military way of life.”


“I just missed so many aspects of the job working with the military after I left the Air Force,” said Nace. I’m really glad to be back around the military community again.”

2010 County Fair, the Carlisle Barracks Community Connection

   Newcomers--are you interested in learning more about activities available at Youth Services or the Post Chapel, or how about restaurants and retail stores in the Carlisle area.

  Well then, mark your calendars for Wednesday, August 4 to attend the Carlisle Barracks County Fair.

  Army War College Class of 2011 students and families, and newcomers to Carlisle Barracks, the Fair is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will feature over 150 organizations ready to welcome you and provide information on their services.

  The County Fair is composed of three distinct components.  Uptown (located in Thorpe Hall Gym) will feature Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (FMWR) activities and Community support activities; Midtown (located in tents along Lovell Avenue) will feature an overflow of Carlisle-area businesses and Community Support activities; and Downtown (located in the Letort View Community Center)will feature Carlisle-area businesses.

  Newcomers can sign up for exercise classes and ballroom dancing, as well as services such as newspaper delivery. 

  The Fair provides you and your family with a wealth of information making your transition to Carlisle much easier.

  In addition to the above activities, the Pennsylvania DUI Association and the Carlisle Barracks Army Substance Abuse Program will sponsor a Safety Simulator.  Experience this life-saving educational tool which provides hands-on experience in driving safely under many diverse and adverse conditions such as snow and fog, and feel first-hand how alcohol impairs one’s ability to steer and brake.  Look for the tractor trailer truck with Team DUI located across from the LVCC.


  Limited Parking and Road Closures

  On Wednesday, Aug. 4, one-half of the parking lot adjacent to Buildings 314 and 315, off Lovell Avenue, will be blocked off for off-post newcomers, FMWR and Community Support activity representatives.  In addition, 30 spaces in the Directorate of Public Works parking area will be blocked off for vendors. 

  Lovell Avenue will be designated as a one-way street from the intersection of Ashburn Drive to Pratt Avenue from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.  Starting at 9 a.m. Lovell Avenue between Pratt Avenue and Flower Road will be closed until 3 p.m.


  Shuttle Bus service

  Shuttle bus service will be provided to the Letort View Community Center (drop-off/pick-up point) from The Meadows Housing area, the PX parking lot, and Building 632 parking lot between Liggett Road and Wright Avenue.  The shuttle bus will run from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and will stop at the above locations approximately every 20 minutes.


  Thorpe Hall Fitness Center closure during County Fair

  Tuesday, Aug. 3 – 1st Floor (basketball court) will close at 8 a.m.  The 2nd and 3rd floors will be open for normal hours of operation.

  Wednesday, Aug. 4 – County Fair – the gym is closed for normal operations.

  Thursday, Aug. 5 – Open for normal hours of operation.

  For more information on the County Fair, contact Kevin Small at 245-4069.

Demolition of homes on Bouquet, Liggett Roads continues

A home along Bouquet Road comes down July 23. 10 units along the road are being taken down to make room for a new Youth Services building. Photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos.


July 23, 2010 -- The demolition of 10 housing units along Liggett Road and 10 units on Bouquets Road is continuing and when complete will create more open space on post as well as create room for a new Youth Services building.

The homes along Bouquet and Liggett Roads were built in the 1930’s and 1940’s according to post records. The Bouquet Road homes are being demolished to make way for a new Youth Services Building that construction is expected to begin on Oct. 1.

The land around Liggett Road will be restored to green space.

Both areas will be fenced off while demolition is ongoing, which will take place from approximately 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

“As with any construction or demolition project there will be delays for short periods as equipment and other items is moved around,” said Tom Kelly, Public Works director. “We will ensure there are ground guides for any traffic disruptions.”

Photo Updates - July 26, 2010:

Two of the five houses on Bouquet Road have been completely demolished, leaving only debris for construction crews to clean up.  Photos by Amanda Keene.

Distance Education Class of 2010 Award Winners

 The AWC Foundation Award for Outstanding Program Research Paper


Col. Mary-Kate LeahyKeeping up with the Drones: Is Just War Theory Obsolete?”


Marine Corps Col. David A. DawsonThe Evolution of U.S. Central Command from Operational to Strategic Headquarters”

Col. Marion GarciaCounterinsurgency Face-to-Face Detainee Operations’ Impact on National Security”


Col. Jeffrey Connelly“Escaping” America’s Future: A Clarion Call for a National Energy Security Strategy”


Chap. (Col.) David W. SmarttSourcing a Multi-Sector Workforce”


Royal Netherlands Army Col. Johannes M. FolmerWhy EU Common Security and Defense Policy Serves U.S. Interests”


Marine Corps Col. John R. MahoneyReflections on a Strategic Vision for Computer Network Operations”


Lt. Col. David M. Hammons“At What Cost?” Indeed: Contractor Indispensability in Army Logistics”


Col. Ramona M. FioreyMitigating PTSD: Emotionally Intelligent Leaders”



The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) Writing Awards


Matthew D. MurrayEngaging the BRIC Countries: Diplomacy Outside the Capital”

Col. Gregory S. BowenBallistic Missile Defense and Deterrence: Not Mutually Exclusive”


The 454th Bombardment Group Writing Award


Col. Hopper T. SmithAce in the Hole: Fischer-Tropsch Fuels and National Security”

The Commandant’s Award for Distinction in Research


Patrick Kevin DixonComprehensive Erosion: The 21st Century American Way of War”


Col. Richard A. JordanNational Healthcare Reform: Implications for the Military Healthcare System”

Col. Lawrence K. Harada Semiconductor Technology and U.S. National Security”


Michael L. HowardRendezvous in Space – A Look in on Military Space Power”


The AWC Alumni Association Lifetime Membership Award

Col. Blake Ortner

Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, IMCOM Commander
Army Family Action Plan General Officer Steering Committee Resolves 27 Quality-of-Life Issues

I have always said you can either read history or make it. Many in our workforce have made important history by asking the three fundamental questions: Are we doing the right things? Are we doing things right? What are we missing?

These questions compelled the workforce to provide valuable feedback that helps us sustain the Army Family Covenant. Because of your voice and the Army’s commitment to taking care of Soldiers, Civilians and Families, you have added to the 27-year history of the Army Family Action Plan’s quality-of-life (QOL) improvements, enabling us to do the right things the right way, and fix things that were missing.

One of the greatest achievements of the recent AFAP General Officer Steering Committee (GOSC) is resolving 27 of 40 quality of life issues. The GOSC, composed of Department of Defense officials, Army leaders, and field representatives, reviewed some tough issues that require resources, legislation, and policy changes. In the end, the resolutions expanded Soldier entitlements and civilian employment; enhanced medical and family support; and improved facilities and relocation services for the Soldiers and Civilians who support our Nation, and the Families who support them.

The AFAP is a year-round process that begins at the installation or unit level and is the preeminent means for Commanders at all levels to learn of and seek solutions for the concerns of their communities. Currently, the Army is the only service with a program like AFAP.

Because of your voice, the Army is able to dedicate child and youth spaces to accommodate our special needs children at Child, Youth and School Services (CYSS) facilities. Garrison Commanders now have the authority to designate areas within their community for immediate special needs child care. This resolution supports Soldier and Family well being.

Our pledge to improve Family readiness is evident in the resolution of issue No. 562, an efficient and seamless delivery of Family support services with Army One Source. This is a significant approach to reaching out to Families. Information about Army Family programs, health care benefits, education, and recreation is available online at, and is easily accessible by Soldiers and Families -- regardless of geographic location.  This one-stop-shop for Army information is available for members of the Active and Reserve components.

We are ensuring excellence in schools through an online, one-on-one tutoring service for Army affiliated students.  Family members in grades K-12 can receive live online assistance with math, science, language, and introductory college-level courses. This worldwide service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at

Providing additional support to surviving Families with enhanced survivor Family dental benefits was also attained. Surviving children can now maintain coverage in the TRICARE Dental Plan through age 21, or age 23, if they are full-time college students.

Additionally, an issue requesting around-the-clock childcare was resolved. The Army funded 24/7 childcare facilities at 11 installations, based on installation missions and projected demand. Family Child Care homes provide the same services at the remaining installations.        

We have made great strides, but the committee agreed that six AFAP recommendations cannot be resolved because of resource constraints, lack of legislative support, or other factors. However, we decided to continue pursuing seven agenda items, such as increasing weight allowances for relocating Families and boosting medical retirement pay for some disabled Soldiers.

Above all, the AFAP continues to turn possibilities into realities. Since the first AFAP conference in 1983, we have established standards for childcare, increased single Soldier programs, granted paternity leave for new military fathers, and expanded educational benefits for Families.

This grassroots process identifies and elevates the most significant QOL issues that affect Soldiers, Retirees, Civilians, and Families. Information provided through the AFAP process gives commanders and leaders insight into current satisfaction detractors, QOL needs, and expectations of the Army Community. Leaders use the information to effect changes that improve standards of living and support programs. These changes foster a satisfied, informed, and resilient Army Community.

We are entering a new era in AFAP.  As the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management (ACSIM), I am committed to ensuring all recommendations are thoroughly analyzed to determine if they are realistically achievable. To that end, I will be meeting with the Army staff proponents each month to analyze 8 to 10 issues. I want to include the entire Army Family in this process by keeping them informed of the progress of each issue. As such, I invite you to visit the Army One Source website at, and select the Family Programs and Services menu to activate the AFAP Active Issue Search feature. Here, you can enter keywords to find related active issues, or insert an issue number to see a specific issue.  You may also search by subject area, demographic group or geographic area to see what we are doing to improve quality of life for those we serve. I will also keep you informed by publishing monthly updates and postings to my Facebook page.

I encourage you to continue asking these three fundamental questions about our programs and services: Are we doing the right things? Are we doing things right? What are we missing? If you answer “no” to the first two questions or you think we are missing something, get involved and become part of the solution for improving the Army’s home – your home. Reading history is educational, but getting involved and making important history is an exceptional way of providing exceptional support to the Soldiers, Civilians, and Families in our home.

Limited U.S. response to piracy in the Horn of Africa arguably offered China a particularly useful strategic opportunity. China has rotated to the Gulf of Aden five task forces and warships from a variety of classes for the PLA's first combat operation abroad.  The anti-piracy operation is a valuable training opportunity for the PLA Navy.

For a long time, American leaders have been surprised with the PLA's advances. The PLA at Home and Abroad shows that the PLA's advances  did not come out of the blue. Although much of the learning and many of the improvements are still far from what is intended, the PLA's persistent and diligent learning practices will eventually move the PLA to emerge as a much more sophisticated mlitary in coming years.

Mr Roy Kamphausen,Dr. David Lai, Dr. Andrew Scobell collaborated to produce a collection of papers presented at the 2009 PLA Conference -- the 11th conference held at Carlisle Barracks.  The PLA at Home and Abroad reflects the discussion of more than 70 noted China observers in September 2009.

 This volume of work, from the SSI PLA conference, show that these advances. Thanks to its relentless pursuit of wealth in the last 30 years, China had more than quadrupled its gross national product by the end of the 20th century, and increased it to over 3 trillian dollars by 2008, wrote Lai. The principle of 'prosperous nation-strong military' has turned on the green light for China's defense modernization. That modernization is only a little over one-third of its way.

The PLA follows closely the development of the U.S. 'Revolution iin Military Affairs' and learned from the experience of the U.S. armed forces in practically every aspect. The PLA selects from among the U.S. military learning and initiatives to 'get more with less investment' and therfore more faster in transformation.

The PLA at Home and Abroad analyzes China and the PLA's views on China's changing security landscape; the PLA's performance at home with emphasis on informationization and management of diverse military tasks and military operations other than war; the PLA's interactions with foreign militaries and its first combat operation abroad: the anti-piracy operation in the Gulf of Aden; and, in the final section, China's efforts to transform its defense industry and logistics systems.

Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos, Army War College Public Affairs

Army War College graduates 350 distance education students                         

Graduate Photos: Diploma photos

More graduation Photos: Banner Photo Gallery & USAWC Facebook

Writing Award Winner photos can be found here

Graduation videos: USAWC YouTube

To download the graduation videos go here

Students from the USAWC 2010 Distance Education class stand during the playing of the National Anthem during their graduation ceremony held at the Wheelock Bandstand on the parade grounds on July 23, 2010. Erin Stattel

(July 23, 2010) – Two years ago 350 senior U.S. Armed Forces leaders along with their civilian and international counterparts began a marathon.  Unlike a traditional marathon, this one was “run” by working on papers, reading books and interacting with their instructors and classmates online in the evenings after work and on weekends.  Instead of a medal or a laurel wreath for finishing, these men and women were awarded their diplomas for completing the U.S. Army War College and masters degree in strategic studies.

The course work is similar to that of the one-year resident program. The major difference is that while the resident students are able to devote all of their time to their course work, the distance learning students must balance it alongside their regular job. 

“The distance education program is much more difficult than the resident course,” said Col. Jeff Marlette, South Dakota National Guard and a 2010 graduate of the USAWC resident program.  “Residents have the privilege of coming here and focusing on the course, whereas the distance education students have to balance their full time jobs with their correspondence.  I deeply appreciate the experience they go through.”

Lt. Col. Lynn Wise, a distance education program graduate, and a JAG officer with the Defense Secretary Cooperation Agency, said that the idea of completing the course on-line was daunting, but the college set them up for success.  “The school set up goals to help us expand our critical and creative thinking by helping us build skills through exercises that provided us with a global view of the many issues we face,” said Wise.

While the graduates were excited to reach the conclusion of two years hard work and dedication the graduation was, to quote many, “bittersweet.”

 “It feels like we are losing a part of our family today,” said Col. Ken Vaughan.  “During the past two years we have developed camaraderie through our shared efforts, our gains and our losses.” 

The loss of “family” was very real to the class.  Late last year, one of their classmates, Col. Elliot Coley passed away.  Prior to the ceremony, a memorial was held in Coley’s honor and his family was presented with an honorary diploma.

Students from Seminar 1 prepare to receive their diplomas. Amanda Keene

Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, USAWC Commandant, told the graduates that they should be proud of their accomplishments so far. 

“You should feel inspired to take this education forth and go serve in bigger, better and new ways during the rest of your career and the rest of your life,” said Martin.  He also reminded the class how important they are to the nation and to the military service.  “

"The nation needs you.  We need you with your education, leading up, leading laterally, using the new thinking and the new education and all the stuff you have learned and put it into effect for our national security,” Martin said.  He also challenged them to continue to learn and grow as leaders and as people and to continue to serve the nation.

Graduation speaker retired Maj. Gen. Bruce Scott, is president of ITT Defense International. Scott, a 1991 USAWC graduate, focused on how warfare has changed since he was a student.  Scott started their studies just as Iraq invaded Kuwait. 

“There were 850 of us in the class and 849 tried to resign (after the invasion) and go back to our units and go back into combat because we knew that the last combat of our generation was about to be over.  How wrong we were.” 

Unlike previous generations of War College graduates, today’s graduates have to deal with new aspects of warfare. 

“Today you have to understand the cultural, economic and political aspects almost as much as the military capabilities of the forces you are facing,' said Scott "And you have to understand how those four things interact with each other, and then you can understand the why.”

Scott ended his remarks by urging the studnets to plan for their own "Private Ryan moment" and to use the gift of a war college education to, “inspire people with it , make a commitment so when you do end your service to this great nation you can reflect and say, ‘I did what I could.’”

The 350 graduates include 302 Army officers, two Air Force, eight Marine Corps and nine Navy Reserve officers.  There are also 25 civilians and four International Fellows representing Taiwan, Netherlands and Mexico.

 Col. Blake Ortner receives the AWC Alumni Association Lifetime membership award during the 2010 USAWC Distance Educaiton graduation. Amanda Keene

Army War College, Iraqi National Defence University strengthen educational partnership

    BAGHDAD – The Iraqi War College faculty welcomed a four-member team from the U.S. Army War College teaching staff here July 12, who shared knowledge and ideas across a wide spectrum of military subjects.

    US Army War College faculty members Dr. Steve Gerras, Dr. Boone Bartholomees, Col. Paul Cale and Dr. Thomas McManus bring American insights to the Iraqi War College during a trip there this week.

Army War College faculty members Dr. Steve Gerras, Dr. Boone Bartholomees, Col. Paul Cale and Dr. Thomas McManus listen to an introductive lecture of the Iraqi War College by Commandant Maj. Gen. Zeiad Mahmood. NATO photo.

    The weeklong visit, sponsored by Deputy Commanding General, Advising and Training and NATO Training Mission-Iraq, featured the U.S. instructors sharing their expertise in the fields of military history, strategic studies and ethics, operational studies and educational technology with their Iraqi counterparts.

    The two military colleges, which are considered gateways for officers destined for senior positions, are seeking to build a mutually supporting and enduring relationship that will continue beyond 2011.


From left to right, NATO Training Mission-Iraq Deputy Commander General Claudio Angelelli discusses educational processes with U.S. Army War College faculty members Dr. James Bartolomees and Dr. Thomas McManus during the Mobile Educational Training Team visit.  Photo by Army Staff Sgt. Daniel Symonds.

    "Professional educational relationships grow over time and this allows senior military personnel to better see through the eyes of others. The U.S. team came a long way to help, did a fantastic job and this is a great start,” said British Lt. Col. Matthew Sharp, Iraq War College advisor for NATO Training Mission-Iraq.

    Iraqi Army Staff Brig. Gen. Jabbar Naima Karam, Iraqi War College director of operational studies is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College and understands the importance of sharing ideas and building enduring relationships. "This visit is an excellent opportunity for our staff to learn how our sister college is educating its future leaders and look at how we can incorporate these ideas for our professional culture,” said Karam.

    During one of his briefings, Dr. Thomas McManus, U.S. Army War College director of educational technology, explained the importance of using all educational technologies in the classroom setting. McManus recognized that although Iraq may not have all the latest classroom technologies, Iraqi educators can still effectively use their current tools as they pave the way for future technological advancements. "We can assist them in targeting their own needs,” said McManus, "This is just the beginning--we look forward to creating a long-lasting relationship.”

2010 Strategy Implementation Seminar kicks off

Members of the Distance Education Class of 2010 pose for a group photo with their Strategy Implementation Seminar guests.  Photo by Megan Clugh.

For more photos go here

July 21, 2010 -- The annual Strategy Implementation Seminar kicked Tuesday July 20 with a keynote address by Vice Admiral Carl V. Mauney, deputy commander, United States Strategic Command.

The seminar, which serves as the capstone event of the Army War College Distance Education Program, consists of a series of guest speakers and panel presentations by nationally recognized subject matter experts on topics involving national security strategy and policy that 84 civilian guests take part in alongside USAWC students.   

The civilian guests are nominated by a variety of sources including previous attendees, students, staff and faculty of the USAWC. The invited guests are a select group of representatives from academia, the media, government, business, and other prominent organizations and represent a cross section of experience, contemporary interests, and views.

Approximately four guests are assigned to each of the 21 student seminar groups. The guests are invited to become active participants in the discussions and are encouraged to probe and examine the seminar group's ideas vigorously and critically so as to give the students the benefits of their experience and perspectives.

Besides the guest speakers and the seminar discussions, guests also have the opportunity to hear additional presentations during optional lunch time lectures on various national security related topics. More informal discussions will take place at several social events. In addition, guests are provided the opportunity to take a "staff ride" to the Gettysburg Battlefield with some of the USAWC’s experienced historians.

Next Perspectives in Military History talk July 21

“Uncommon Defense: Indian Allies in the Black Hawk War”

Dr. John W. Hall

Ambrose-Hesseltine Assistant Professor of U.S. Military History

University of Wisconsin-Madison

In the spring of 1832, when the Indian warrior Black Hawk and a thousand followers marched into Illinois to reoccupy lands earlier ceded to American settlers, the U.S. Army turned to rival tribes for military support. Elements of the Menominee, Dakota, Potawatomi, and Ho Chunk tribes willingly allied themselves with the United States government against their fellow Native Americans in an uncommon defense of their diverse interests. As the Black Hawk War came only two years after the passage of the Indian Removal Act and is widely viewed as a land grab by ravenous settlers, the military participation of these tribes seems bizarre. What explains this alliance?

In order to grasp Indian motives, John Hall explores their alliances in earlier wars with colonial powers as well as in intertribal antagonisms and conflicts. In the crisis of 1832, Indians acted as they had traditionally, leveraging their relationship with a powerful ally to strike tribal enemies, fulfill important male warrior expectations, and pursue political advantage and material gain. However, times had changed, and although the Indians achieved short-term objectives, they helped create conditions that permanently changed their world.

Providing a rare view of Indian attitudes and strategies in war and peace, Hall deepens our understanding of Native Americans and the complex roles they played in the nation’s history. More broadly, he demonstrates the risks and lessons of small wars that entail an “uncommon defense” by unlikely allies in pursuit of diverse, even conflicting, goals.

            Dr. John W. Hall is the first holder of the Ambrose-Heseltine Chair in U.S. Military History at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  Hall graduated from the U.S Military Academy at West Point, and served fifteen years as an Army officer.  He holds a M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.  His research concerns the ethno historical examination of military conflict and cooperation between the Native peoples of North America and European colonial powers, with particular emphasis on the Revolutionary Era and the Early Republic.  Within the field of military history, his research has focused on “small wars” involving irregular forces: colonial conflicts, insurgencies, and proxy wars.  He is the author of Uncommon Defense: Indian Allies in the Black Hawk War (Harvard, 2009) and is currently working on two projects: a military history of Indian Removal in the southeastern United States and an essay on George Washington’s relationship with Nathanael Greene.

"One of the most distinguished American historians of WWII returns with an outstanding parallel biography of George Patton and Erwin Rommel. The research is thorough, the quality of the writing superb...Showalter ranks as a scholar who has done them justice, making two complex men and a vast panorama of military history remarkably accessible for experts and lay readers alike." —Publishers Weekly

"A smooth, very accessible narrative that is jam-packed with enough interesting insights to keep anyone's inner scholar happy...Both Rommel and Patton come across as surprisingly thoughtful soldiers who were also lead-from-the-front hard-chargers...It is a good story, and the quality of the writing makes it even better. It is vivid, vigorous, laced with unforgettable metaphor, alternately funny and moving." —World War II Magazine

"A distinguished American scholar of World War II gives us an outstanding parallel biography." —Booklist


DATE:  Wednesday, July 21, 2010

TIME:  The doors open at 6:45 p.m., and the talk begins at 7:15 p.m.

PLACE:  Ridgway Hall, Carlisle Barracks, PA.

For more information, please call (717) 245-3803.

For updates and any last-minute changes in “Perspectives” meeting times and places, please check the USAHEC homepage:

TRADOC , DCG-IMT Public Affairs
Top 10 changes to Basic Combat Training

This year, Basic Combat Training has gone through a transformation.  Here are some of the changes you’ll see in new Basic and OSUT courses, as of 1 July 2010:

1.BCT has become more challenging…not “softer.”   BCT has been extended from nine weeks to 10. The Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills (WTBD) have been refined, and are now geared toward training fewer and more relevant tasks WELL. These tasks and battle drills correspond with the current operating environment, and we are using training that is geared toward the generation of Soldiers entering our Army during this time of war…and those must be adapted to all the Occupational Specialties. (Find the WTBD on the Army Training Network,

2. Rifle Marksmanship is more extensive, with more hours on the range, more bullets fired, and Soldiers using both Basic and Advanced techniques.  Soldiers now fire 500 rounds (750 for infantry) during basic, and also have to “certify” as part of the Combat Field Fire phase based on the new Rifle Marksmanship Strategy.  While all BCT Soldiers fire “slick” (no equipment) through qualification tables (BRM) to allow for familiarity with the weapon, equipment is worn during the difficult and combat-related Advanced Rifle Marksmanship (ARM) period.

3.  Combatives are more relevant…and tougher! New instruction has been added which teaches Soldiers to fight from their feet, not wrestle and grip on the ground. Soldiers now attend 22 hours of instruction, which is double the previous requirement at BCT.  Additional techniques – wearing full kit – have been added that is more relevant to what Soldiers might be asked to do in a combat situation. 

4.  Most up-to-date medical training in Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) and Combat Lifesaver (CLS). Medical experts have taken combat lessons and updated the first aid training Soldiers receive. There’s no longer an IV “stick. Why? Because doctors say it's counterproductive on the battlefield, and useless for treating heat injuries.  New techniques for preventing heat injuries before they happen are now taught.

5. Physical Training is standardized, with scientifically proven techniques that improve conditioning and help prevent injuries. Those returning from combat say “drop the long runs, the repetitive sets of pushups and sit-ups, and volleyball games; instead focus on training the right muscles and energy systems needed in the fight!  Prepare your body for walking patrol with SAPI and equipment or hauling your injured buddy out of harm’s way!”  FM 22-20 has been replaced with TC 3.22-20, and that applies to Soldiers in Basic Combat Training and the entire Army (and, you can get this Training Circular as an app starting in August)!

6.  No more bayonet assault course against rubber tires…but lots more pugil and combatives against a thinking opponent.  The bayonet assault course has been a staple of bayonet training since WWI.  But that’s when bayonets were prevalent on the battlefield!  The last time the US had a bayonet assault was in 1951, and the rifle we now use in combat isn’t meant for bayonet charges.  Now, Soldiers will see more pugil drills in pits and on obstacle courses. This, combined with additional hours in combatives, will “warriorize” our Soldiers.

7.  Expanded Values and Culture Training.  Soldiers will still receive instruction in the Seven Army Values, but that instruction will focus on applying those values in combat, in garrison, and during off-duty time.  That’s to build a better Soldier…and a better citizen!  And all Soldiers will now be issued a The Army Soldier’s “Blue Book” (also available as an iPhone or Droid app) that links our present-day Soldier to his predecessors, and describes our professional requirements.

8. We’re treating the Soldier as a “Tactical Athlete”.   The Surgeon General of the Army will begin supplementing initial training units with physical therapists and athletic trainers to prevent injuries and ensure better conditioning.  Additionally, we’re instituting the “Soldier Fueling” initiative, to teach and enable Soldiers to develop a nutritional lifestyle to counter our societal challenges.

9.   We’ve instituted Comprehensive Soldier Fitness (CSF).  Every Drill Sergeant has received Resiliency Training, and all new Soldiers take the Global Assessment Tool upon entering Basic. Additionally, all AIT Platoon Sergeants receive 10 days of resiliency training.     

10. We’re connected to Social Media, and on web pages. IMT does fall under TRADOC, but no decision is made without Soldiers input. Visit our social media sites and tell us what you think. We’ll listen!



Army releases new video to combat suicides

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, July 16, 2010) -- The Army released a candid suicide prevention training video Thursday in an effort to deter the increasing number of suicides amongst troops.

You can view the video here

Simultaneously released Thursday was the Army's suspected total number of suicides for the month of June -- 32 -- a record high. The uptick in numbers is a setback for the Army, which had seen a decline in suicides this year among active-duty Soldiers up to this point.

Replacing last year's scenario-based training videos, the new 15-minute film titled "Shoulder to Shoulder: I will never quit on life," features frank interviews of troops and their Families. Several of the Soldiers featured in the video speak of failed attempts at suicide and their path to receiving help.

The video will be incorporated into the Army's annual suicide-prevention training program which every Soldier is required to participate in.

"The impact on the Army for this issue continues to be one we view very closely," said Col. Christopher Philbrick, director of the Army Suicide Prevention Task Force, in a media briefing.

Philbrick said he is hopeful that the new video will resonate more accurately with troops.

"This is a far better video than last year," noted Philbrick. "I believe this is a valuable tool that is going to improve our ability to reach out and communicate with our Soldiers."

Philbrick explained that after last year's Army suicide stand-down, where all Soldiers were required to participate in training, senior leaders concluded that the approach wasn't working.

"I'd love to tell you it was a hit, but it wasn't," admitted Philbrick. He explained that part of the reason Soldiers weren't connecting with last year's videos might have been because some actors were used in the place of real troops.

He also said this video isn't an "end-all" to the Army's suicide prevention campaign, and there will likely be more videos and training guides produced in the future.
When asked what responsibility the Army feels for Reserve and National Guard Soldiers who commit suicide when not on active duty, Philbrick said, "In my view they're Soldiers. They are Soldiers 24/7. From the time they raise their right hand and swear the oath that all of us do, they become the responsibility of the U.S. Army."

Philbrick explained that it can sometimes be challenging for reserve-component Soldiers to receive the medical and psychological help they need, as they are not covered by Army medical care when not on active duty and often live far from an installation.

"We consider suicides in the Army National Guard the most extreme and significant indicator of stress on the force," agreed Col. Greg Bliss, chief of the Army National Guard Soldier and Family Support Division.

While there is no single answer as to why Soldiers' suicide rates are increasing, continued deployments aren't the leading cause: one-third of Soldiers who commit suicide have never been downrange.

Yet Philbrick maintains that the training the Army provides for its Soldiers is helping.

"People suffer these types of issues every single day," said Philbrick. "That's not unusual, and not unique to the Army. But when they understand that there is help available and they get it, the likelihood of that being a negative event is diminished in measurable ways."

For now, a second Army-wide stand down on suicide prevention isn't planned. The video will be dispersed to troops through their units, and is also available at

Claremont Road Gate open for inbound traffic only July 20, 21

July 16, 2010 -- On July 20 & 21, starting at 7 a.m. the Claremont Road Gate will be open for inbound traffic only due to maintenance on the road surface at the Claremont Gate, weather depending.  

Motorists can expect delays as the roadway will be reduced from two lanes to a single lane to accommodate the work crews.  All traffic must exit the Ashburn Drive Gate. 

The Claremont Road gate will re-open for inbound and outbound traffic at approximately 7 a.m. on July 22.

IMCOM Public Affairs
iWatch promotes community awareness

July 16, 2010 -- With August recognized as Antiterrorism Awareness Month, the Army is promoting a campaign encouraging and training communities to become extensions of the service's overall force-protection plan.

iWatch aims to heighten public sensitivity to indicators of possible terrorist activity, while encouraging people to report suspicious behavior to military or civilian law-enforcement agencies. In addition, it creates a partnership between on- and off-post organizations.

"Such information or cooperation may reveal a piece of the puzzle that thwarts a terrorist plot," said Brian Crowley, of the Installation Management Command Antiterrorism Branch.

Several installations, especially those overseas - where the threat remains high - have already launched iWatch efforts.

For example, U.S. Army Garrison Baden-Wuerttemburg, Germany, began shaping a program almost four months ago that has "everyone play[ing] a key role," said Melvin Jones, director of emergency services there.

"Law enforcement and security assets can't be everywhere at all times," Jones said.

Consequently, iWatch empowers Soldiers, family members, civilian employees and retirees with protecting places where they live, work and play.

However, iWatch isn't a neighborhood program with volunteers roaming the streets armed with flashlights and radios. Instead, it raises community awareness of what to look for and who to call when folks notice something out of place.

The types of activities and behaviors for all to be aware of include:

*Strangers asking questions about security or building security procedures;

*Briefcase, suitcase, backpack or package left behind;

*Cars or trucks left in no-parking zones in front of important buildings;

*Chemical smells or fumes.

Indeed, iWatch works by allowing an individual to report any unusual or suspicious behavior.

"Eighty to 90 percent of the program is raising awareness levels," said Stanley Andrusczkiewicz, deputy director of emergency services at USAG Bambger, Germany.

Through iWatch, officials hope to direct the attention of community members accustomed to being wary of threats only from outside the gate, "totally focused on the external and not the internal," said Andrusczkiewicz.

That outlook changed Nov. 5, 2009, when a Soldier at Fort Hood, Texas, opened fire on a crowd. Andrusczkiewicz used the metaphor of a clam to describe the focus of installation security prior to that shooting - a hard impenetrable shell with a soft interior. Because of the post shootings, according to Andrusczkiewicz, the military became aware of its vulnerabilities on the inside.

Accordingly, "Everyone plays a key role in force protection," said Mike Britton, of IMCOM's Antiterrorism Branch. "Even a minute detail being reported can stop an incident from happening."

Additional iWatch information, including posters, brochures and videos, can be found on the Army's Antiterrorism Enterprise Page on AKO,

Gen. Martin Dempsey, Commander, United States Army Training and Doctrine Command
TRADOC Commander discusses the Army profession

After almost a decade of war and in an era of persistent conflict, I think it’s important that we take some time to be introspective and think about what it means to be a part of a profession.  As someone reminded me recently, “you’re not a profession just because you say you are a profession.”

Some aspects to keep in mind as we think about what it means to be a profession include among other things — the special skills and expertise, the ethics that define our behaviors, a commitment to continued education and development, self-regulation, and in our particular case, subordination to civilian authority.

To serve as a initial catalyst for a discussion, I have posted an interview that I recently conducted with the Army Center of Excellence for the Professional Military Ethic who are profiling a number of Army leaders on “The Army Profession”.   By sharing this dialog with you, I hope to expand awareness and initiate a substantive dialogue on this important subject.  I welcome you to view my interview at: and encourage you to provide comments.

Amanda Keene, Army War College Public Affairs

Third Army offers support to distance class of 2010

July 15, 2010 – The Distance Education Class of 2010 received a visit from Third Army/US Army Central (ARCENT) today, to remind future combat commanders that the Third Army is ready to support.

“We just want to remind you that when you see a Third Army patch in theater, that person is there to assist you,” said Lt. Col. John Rogers of Third Army/ARCENT to the DDE student body before a morning lecture July 15. “It is important that senior leaders of today know that Third Army is their friend in theater.  We are in the business of making sure commanders have what they need, before they even know they need it.  Throughout the drawdown of Iraq, the buildup of Afghanistan, and Title 10 support throughout theater, Third Army is a great resource for commanders on ground.”

Third Army/ARCENT is currently involved in Operation Nickel II, supporting the drawdown of Iraq and the buildup of Afghanistan by redistribution of forces and equipment from Iraq to Afghanistan, along with equipment being shipped in from the United States.

Rogers said they wanted to take the opportunity to visit the graduating DDE class, and let future combat commanders know there is a team waiting to support them when they deploy.

Lt. Col. John Rogers (left) talks with a DDE student (right) about his next scheduled deployment with ARCENT.  Photo by Amanda Keene.

Carolyn Holl, Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute
PKSOI expert assumes NATO Afghanistan position

July 8, 2010 -- An expert at the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute  will now use his decades of overseas and strategy experience as he assumes a new role as the Director of Policy and Strategy for NATO in Afghanistan.   

    Rich Smyth, a Department of State Foreign Service Officer, arrived at the Army War College in July 2006 to serve as a visiting professor of international relations for the Department of National Security and Strategy, bringing with him over nine years experience working in the Afghanistan and Pakistan border areas.  During his four years at the college, he taught courses on a variety of subjects ranging from Afghanistan and Asia.  

    In August of 2008 Smyth was appointed as the resident Political Advisor for PKSOI, an organization made up of Army officers, civilian researchers and strategic planners who assist the Army in mastering stability and peace operations at the strategic and operational levels.

    Soon Smyth found himself back in Afghanistan as he and Col. Michael Anderson, a strategic planning specialist with PKSOI, were sent there for 45 days to provide subject matter expertise on stability operations and civil military integration of planning the stand up of a new three star command. 

    For Smyth this was another opportunity for him to put his experience in Afghanistan to good use. 

     “Rich brought a deep background and expertise on Afghan culture and history that was instrumental to standing up the new command and its ability to understand the environment in which it would operate.” noted  Anderson.  “He has always liberally shared his knowledge and experience with the PKSOI staff and USAWC students.”

    In his new position, Smyth help Marc Sidwell, a British Ambassador and NATO Senior Civilian Representative of Afghanistan, work on long term policy and strategy for the country.

    His time at PKSOI left a mark on those he worked with as well.

     “His long affiliation with the foreign service and opportunities to develop regional experience in depth has been valuable to me as I consider how the military works with other U.S. government agencies in furthering other U.S. interests,” said  Col. Lorelei Coplen, Division Chief of the PKSOI Policy, Knowledge Management Division.

    To learn more about Smyth and PKSOI visit the PKSOI YouTube channel at

Jim Garamone, American Forces Press Service
Gates emphasizes media engagement rules

 WASHINGTON, July 8, 2010 - The Defense Department needs to cooperate with the media, but needs to clean up its act in how it goes about it, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today.

 During a Pentagon news conference, Gates and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, discussed the secretary's recent memo to the department's civilian and military leaders on interaction with the media.

 "In my approach to media relations, I've attempted to be as straightforward and cooperative as possible and encouraged this department's leaders to do the same," Gates said. "None of that has changed."

 His memo was not about how the media does its job, Gates said, but about improving leaders' interactions with reporters. He said his memo is a reaffirmation of an existing policy "that was being followed selectively, at best."

 The secretary has been concerned about Defense Department media interaction for some time, he said. "I have grown increasingly concerned that we have become too lax, disorganized, and, in some cases, flat-out sloppy in the way we engage with the press," he explained.

 Mullen stressed that the memo is not meant to muzzle military personnel. "It is not in any way, shape or form meant to preclude the proper engagement with the press," the chairman said.

 But military and civilian personnel need to follow certain guidelines when they interact with members of the media. Mullen said. "[The memo] is to actually, in great part, emphasize guidance that has been out there for an extensive period of time, but we've just walked away from," he said.

 Defense Department civilian and military officials have spoken outside their areas of expertise, the admiral said, and reports and other documents -- including many on sensitive subjects -- are routinely provided to the media before the secretary or the president are informed.

 "Even more worrisome," Mullen said, "highly classified and sensitive information has been divulged without authorization or accountability."

 Gates said he hopes the new guidance will not choke off media access, but rather that it will "improve the quality of press engagement by ensuring that the people the media talk to can speak with accuracy and authority."

 "This should not infringe or impede the flow of accurate and timely information to you or to the public," he told reporters. "That is not my intent, nor will I tolerate it."

 But the reminder was needed, the secretary added.

 "Over the last two years, I have lost a first-rate Central Command commander and an outstanding commander of [the International Security Assistance Force] in Afghanistan due to their own missteps in dealing with the media," he said. "I've had to recall a combatant commander to Washington for a verbal reprimand for speaking out inappropriately on a sensitive foreign-policy issue.

 "I've had two very different presidents each, on several occasions, express concern to me about senior defense officials, both civilian and military, speaking out inappropriately on foreign-policy issues," he continued.

 Gates said he is frustrated and concerned with the situation and hopes these reminders of the standing rules will help the department communicate with the American people via the media.

 "Effectively communicating what we do and how we do it remains a top priority for me," Gates said. "In fact, I consider it my duty. It's a responsibility I have, not only to the commander in chief and to you in the media, but to the American people. I take it very seriously, and I expect everyone else in this department to do the same."

Public Affairs Staff report
Local AUSA chapter awards scholarships

July 9, 2010 -- The Carlisle Barracks/Cumberland Valley Chapter of the Association of the United States Army awarded $2,000 worth of scholarships to four students during the Carlisle Barracks Installation Picnic July 9.

    A $1,000 scholarship was awarded to top candidate Kellie Dowling, a speech pathology major at attends James Madison University. The applicants were evaluated on their leadership experience and activities, academic achievements and future potential.

    Four $250 scholarships were also awarded. One each went to Emily Bessler, a pre-law major at the College of William and Mary, Christian Elliott, a political science major at George Washington University, Elizabeth Elliott, a biology major at Syracuse University and Bryce Thompson, a foreign relations major at North Georgia College and State University.

    “It is with great pride that our chapter awards these scholarships to these exceptional young adults,” said retired Col. Ed Filiberti, scholarship panel member and chapter treasurer. “All the applicants had very impressive records and selection for the scholarship was very competitive.” 

Distance Class of 2010 reports for final resident session

Members of the Army War College Distance Education Class of 2010 reported July 12 for their final two-week resident course. Highlighted by events like the Gettysburg Staff Ride, Strategy Implementation Seminar and graduation, this resident course serves as the capstone for the two-year distance education program.  

Watch for photos to be posted throughout the next two weeks, capturing the DDE Class of 2010s Second Resident Course here

You can also stay on top of all the Army War College news on our Facebook page at

Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos, USAWC Public Affairs
Soldiers compete in 2010 CSM Cup

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Soldiers from Dunham Clinic battled other teams and sweltering heat to win the 2010 Command Sergeant Major’s cup tournament held July 7-9.

 Staff Sgt. Michael Werner, USAG tries to stop Capt. L. Henry, Dunham Health clinic, from catching the frisbee during a frisbee football game.   The game was part of the 2010 CSM Cup.

The completion was between three teams, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Dunham U.S. Army Health and Dental Clinic, both from Carlisle Barracks, and the New Cumberland based Soldiers who work at the Defense Distribution Susquehanna Pennsylvania.

The tournament consisted of 13 events.  Some of the events, like paintball and orienteering utilized basic Soldier skills.  While others like the pushups/sit-up event, a five kilometer run and a two mile relay, tested the Soldiers’ overall physical fitness.  Sports like basketball, Frisbee football, horse shoes, volleyball, bowling, darts and a 50 meter swim rounded out the events. 

The CSM cup, which was started in 1999, has historically only been open to active duty enlisted Soldiers, warrant officers and company grade officers stationed at Carlisle Barracks however in recent years the post has reached out to Soldiers stationed at Letterkenny Army Depot and DDSP.  “Even though they are not physically stationed here, they are still part of the greater Army community,” said post Sergeant Major, CSM Jose Powell.  “We are all Army Strong.”

The competition was enjoyed by the participants.  “It is good for the Soldiers to compete,” said SSG Michael Werner, USAG.  “It gives us something different to do and something to look forward to.”


“This was a great competition,” said 1st Sgt. Carlos Runnels, USAG first sergeant.  “I had a lot of fun out there.”

However, with all competitions, a winner had to be declared, Dunham won the cup and bragging rights. 




Sgt. 1st Class GerardoTorres throws his ball during the bowling portion of the 2010 CSM Cup.

By Erin O. Stattel, Army War College, Public Affairs

Get strategically connected with the USAWC on Facebook

(July 9, 2010)—Looking for housing information? Don’t know where to go for Army Community Services? Have a few comments about one of the latest Strategic Studies Institute’s research publications? Then find us on Facebook!

Facebook is one of the fastest growing web-based applications which builds online communities, and organizations and businesses are taking advantage of the wide audience that tunes in on a regular basis, including the Army War College

With Facebook, the Army War College can reach students, staff, faculty and community members regarding important information such as post closures and community announcements, as well as news feeds featuring photo and video galleries. Alumni can keep up with the latest events and tap into some of the expertise that resides at the college.

Look for the U.S. Army War College coin on Facebook! Find us at and gain a strategic connection!

How does it work?

If you are already a Facebook user, simply type in your browser or U.S. Army War College in the Facebook search engine and “Like” our page, thus becoming a USAWC follower. You will receive updates on what is happening on post and the work that many of the community members do within the Defense community and beyond.

If you are new to Facebook and need to create a profile, the steps are simple and all you need is an active email account and creative password.

  1. Go to
  2. Fill out the spaces below the “Sign Up” section and proceed to the next page. You will have to verify and activate your account after receiving a system-generated email message.
  3. Answer the questions to create a profile and advance to the privacy settings. Read the privacy settings carefully and choose the degree of privacy you are most comfortable with. Note that you have the option to keep your profile completely private, restricting other online community members’ access to your profile as well as eliminating it from search engine results.
  4. Follow the above instructions to find our page ( and become a fan of the Army War College.

A word of caution

While Facebook has proven to be an excellent way to keep up with Army War College happenings and family and friends who may live far away, it has the potential to publicize private photos and information when a few rules of thumb are ignored.

  1. Don’t post inappropriate photos or information that could be considered detrimental to your personal and professional reputations. Remember, if you have opted to keep your profile public and available through Google searches, your name and photo will appear in search engine results. Think carefully about what side of yourself you choose to reveal in public.
  2. Remember operational security.  Take a look at your photos or posts carefully to make sure they don’t contain sensitive information, equipment or locations if deployed.
  3. If you don’t want something repeated, don’t post it. Just like social graces dictate, if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. In the age of instant access, your comments can be found forever if you choose not to display tact.

So go ahead and become a USAWC Facebook fan today! It’s a wonderful way to share photos and the latest in your lives with friends and family. You can stay connected with the Army War College and Carlisle Barracks communities no matter where you are and through our regular posts, friends, family and coworkers can see how your experience is taking shape at the Army War College.

Amanda Keene, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Post bowling center voted #2 in 'Best of Carlisle' competition

Carlisle Barracks Soldiers compete in the Command Sgt. Maj. Cup at the post bowling alley, the “Strike Zone,” which was recently voted #2 in the "Best of Carlisle" competition.  

 July 8, 2010 -- The Carlisle Barracks' Strike Zone bowling center has been chosen as the second place winner for bowling alleys in the area.  The "Best of Carlisle" competition is annual reader-voted contest. 

     "Mike Freundel and his team do a terrific job of maintaining one of the best bowling alleys in the Army and the top two in the area," said Lt. Col. Janet Holliday, garrison commander.  "[Freundel] has made a tremendous effort with the other Carlisle bowling alleys through league bowling, and making a great contribution to community relations."

     The "Best of" first and second place winners will be published in the Carlisle Weekly on Friday, July 30th, and in The Sentinel on Sunday, August 1st.

Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Carlisle Barracks, community leaders team up to help community

June 22, 2010 -- Each year a handful of Carlisle Barracks and Army War College employees take part in a program designed to help make their community a better place by partnering with local counterparts through the Leadership Cumberland program.

    Leadership Cumberland has helped more than 300 individuals develop their own leadership skills for more than 20 years. Each individual participates in a monthly seminar, intern on a non-profit board of their choosing, and conduct a public issue forum board.

    Participants span the entire range of professions in Cumberland County and have included participants from Dickinson College, Orrstown Bank, the United Way, Embarq, Shippensburg University and the U.S. Department of Justice just to name a few.

     “Leadership Cumberland and Carlisle Barracks have enjoyed a very unique partnership over the past two decades,” said Merideth Bucher, Leadership Cumberland director. “Carlisle Barracks utilizes the LC experience as a way to better integrate their employees into Cumberland County and acquaint them with the organizations and services that make up the complex fiber of our community.  Carlisle Barracks is an important presence in the area and their employees have great capacity for leadership.” 

    Denise Bagby, Operations Security Program Officer, said the program is a great way for employees of Carlisle Barracks to give back and take an active role in their community.

    “It was a wonderful experience,” she said. It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn about your own community, surrounding communities and no-profit organizations. It offers you an opportunity to ‘step outside the box’ and experience a different way of looking at the community in which you live and work.”

    Pat Wickard, IT Specialist and 2010 graduate of the program, said she wanted to participate to learn more about local non-profit organizations in the community.

    “I wanted to know more about their mission and to meet some of the people in our community,” she said. “There are real needs right in our own community and many times we do not even know they are out there until we get involved. It was a wonderful experience.”

   Kevin Bremer, deputy director of the USAWC International Fellows program is also a 2010 graduate of the program.

    “I was a member of the 20 person class from truly all professions, federal and state government workers, lawyers, medical and health professionals, small business entrepreneurs, industry, and finance leaders all made up the eclectic mix of our class,” he said.

    Bremer explained that the diverse background of the group made the experience enlightening.

    “My classmates come from a very wide spectrum of professional experience, and each were able to enlighten me on not only the Cumberland County and all it offers, but a very different view of the world from non-military eyes,” he said. “I have spent 30 years either in uniform or as a government service employee for the Army and truly, I operate quite a bit differently than many of my classmates do. I found that working with folks who are not necessarily military-minded offered a very different take or solution to an issue. Therein lies the best reason to take part in a program like Leadership Cumberland, it forces one to look at issues from a completely different view point.”

     “I wanted to participate to learn more about our community, make connections to know where I could help, to give back and represent Carlisle Barracks in my contributions,” said Anne Hurst, Family Advocacy Program Manager and 2003 graduate of the program.  “I did learn a lot about how nonprofit organizations function, learned of the many needs they have and how folks, whether it was the LC classes or anyone in the community can contribute - time, energy, funding, or items - to help the organizations help the community.”

   Hurst said the relationships are mutually beneficial.

    “I think there's a win-win for everyone,” she said. “We represent the commitment of Carlisle Barracks to the community and we gain insight to the world on non-profit organizations and hopefully, continue to serve the community.”

    Each participant also serves as a non-voting board member of a local non-profit and those relationships often continue after the program is over.

    Tom Kelly, Public Works director, took part in the program in 1997 and is now the current Leadership Cumberland Board Director.

   “I believe Leadership Cumberland teaches basic leadership skills you can use in any environment, teaches you how to deal with diverse groups of people from all sorts of professions and back grounds, gives you a great education and appreciation of the local community, and we in turn educate others about the Army and our profession,” he said.

   Hurst served on the board of the Cumberland County Historical Society during her time in the program and now serves on multiple boards in the community.

    ”I have served on the executive boards of the Humane Society for three years and for more than seven years on the Domestic Violence Services/Cumberland and Perry Counties board,” she said. “I am honored to be a part of such a wonderful organization.” 

    Wickard served as an intern on the United Way of Carlisle and Cumberland County board, and said she looks forward to continue helping by serving on the Community Investment panel where she help review requests for United Way money.

   Mark Schatte, Installation Physical Security Officer and also a 2010 graduate, served his internship on the board of Safe Harbour. After his internship ended he was asked to serve as a full-time member and was voted to serve on the executive board.

    “The mission of Safe Harbour is to provide housing and support services for individuals and families to help them achieve independent living by increasing their basic life skills,” said Schatte. “My involvement with Safe Harbour has changed me personally in many ways. I’m gaining experience associated with nonprofit organizations but more importantly to myself is the time I spend working with the clients. I had an inaccurate perception of the homeless. Now I have a better understanding of how a person can become homeless and how I can help them in their attempt to gain independent living.”

   Other graduates who remained connected are Mary Anne Turnbaugh, Class of 2004, who volunteers with the Bookery at Bosler Library, Melody Irwin, Class of 2005, who serves on the Board of Carlisle Early Education and Jacqueline Schultz, Class of 2006, who serves on the Carlisle Area School Board.

  Each class completes a service project design to tackle an issue or concern of the group or of the community. Bremer’s and Wickard’s class held a Public Information Forum entitled “Leadership Link”, with a goal to marry up potential community members with non-profit organizations. 

    “Non-profit boards are often searching for folks to serve on their respective boards,” said Bremer. “Whether they are short and have vacancies or try to infuse ‘new blood’ into their organization, non-profits are almost always in the ‘search mode.’  Our goal was to open up potential organizations with potential board members.”     

   The relationship is two-fold as the group often taps into post expertise to help lead some of the discussions.

    “Leadership Cumberland takes advantage of the talent at Carlisle Barracks and the U.S. Army War College by utilizing subject matter experts to instruct some of our classes,” said Bucher. “We are enjoying a great partnership, one that we hope will continue into the future.” 

    Schatte recommend that others become involved in programs in their community.

    “It’s important for employees to become involved in the community where they work and live, said Schatte. “Leadership Cumberland helps individuals develop the skills necessary to become effective, informed and involved community leaders. It takes people like us, employees of Carlisle Barracks to ensure that local nonprofit organizations and social service groups are never wanting for people to serve on their boards. It all starts with volunteering your time, skills and resources.”

    Leadership Cumberland is just one of the many ways to become involved in our community. For a list of opportunities contact Jeff Hanks, ACS at 245-3684 or Kevin Small, MWR, 245-4069.

Balfour Beatty sponsors Cardboard Drive  

  A Cardboard Drive to benefit Project SHARE will be held Wednesdays and Fridays starting July 14 to July 30.

  Project SHARE will provide volunteers and trucks to pick up the unwanted cardboard starting at 10 a.m. on the scheduled days for the following housing areas:  The Meadows, College Arms and Young Hall. 

  To have Project SHARE pick up cardboard at other housing locations on Post, contact the Balfour Beatty Management office at 717-243-7177, to have your address added to the pick up schedule.

  All cardboard MUST be broken down and placed in front of your residence before 10 a.m. on the days of pick-up. Project SHARE cannot accept wet cardboard, so cover cardboard with a tarp or trash bags to prevent it from getting wet.

  By bailing and recycling large cardboard, Project SHARE is able to raise money to purchase food to provide to more than 1,000 families in need each month.


Spiritual Development Breakfast Seminars every Wednesday

  The Spiritual Development Breakfast Seminar is held every Wednesday, 7 to 8 a.m., USAWC Memorial Chapel Fellowship Hall.  For more information call the Post Chapel, 717-245-3318. 


Carlisle Barracks Installation Picnic July 9

  The All-American Installation Picnic will be held on Friday, July 9, 12 to 4 p.m., Pavilion/Pool area behind LVCC.  There will be food, games, door prizes and live entertainment.  Dunham Clinic will be closed on 12 to 4:30 p.m., for the picnic.

    For more information and to purchase tickets call 717-245-4069.


Army Community Services transition program July 13-16

  Transition Assistance Program for military is scheduled July 13 to 16, Anne Ely Hall, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  For information and registration call 717-245-3684/4357.


Army Heritage and Education Center Events 


  Special Exhibit:  General of the Army Omar N. Bradley – an in-depth look at the life of “The Soldier’s General.” The Exhibit will run for one year.


  Perspectives in Military History Lecture Series:  On Wednesday, July 21, Dr. John W. Hall, Ambrose-Hesseltine assistant professor of U.S. Military History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, will present, “Uncommon Defense:  Indian Allies in the Black Hawk War.”

Ridgway Hall, AHEC, opens at 6:45 p.m.; the talk begins at 7:15 p.m. and the question period concludes around 8:30 p.m.


  Summer hours for AHECRidgway Hall: Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sundays, 12 noon to 4 p.m.  Summer hours will run until Oct. 31, 2010.


  For more information on these events call 717-245-3803 or visit


USAWC Distance Education Class of 2010 Graduation July 23

  The Distance Education Class of 2010 Graduation will take place on Friday, July 23, 9 a.m., Wheelock Bandstand.  Inclement weather site will be Bliss Hall.


Downtown Carlisle Events

  Carlisle Summerfair XXXIII will be held July 1 to 10.  For a schedule of events, visit:

  Star Bursts over Carlisle will be held Saturday, July 3, 9:30 p.m., Carlisle Fairgrounds

  Live ! Music in the Garden will be held 4 to 6 p.m., Saturdays, July 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, at 30 West Pomfret Street.  For more information call 717-245-0382 or visit

  Thornwald Amphitheater events:  Sundays, 6:30 p.m.--July 11, Volunteers of the U.S. Army Field Band; July 18, Rockin’ Acoustic Circus; July 25, Joerg Geschke German Folk Music.

  For more information on events in Carlisle and vicinity, visit Downtown Carlisle Association at  or Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau at


Carlisle (Car) Events July 9-11

  July 9 to 11, All-Chrysler Nationals; July 23 to 25, Carlisle Bike Fest--events are held at the Carlisle Fairgrounds. 

  For more information and a calendar of events, visit


Cumberland County Historical Society

  Now throughOct. 30 – Exhibit “Sitting Pretty:  Plank Bottom Chairs of Cumberland County.

For more information on Programs and Exhibits, call 717-249-7610 or visit


Charles D. Allen, U.S. Army Colonel (ret.) and Professor, Cultural Science, US Army War College

USAWC international children benefit from bicycle drive

July 4, 2010 -- More than 25 bikes shared with International Fellows' families new to the United States will make a big difference in the turbulent lives of IF children. If you have a bike that your child has outgrown or doesn't need, please consider donating it this summer or during this year's Fall Yard Sale. It will be put to good use.

Imagine being the child of an International Fellow arriving at a strange new place in another country. The kids in your new neighborhood have a common language, a variety of toys (which you couldn't pack), and bicycles to use for exploring their new neighborhood. This is what Ann Allen noticed in the summer of 2008 in the Keystone Arms subdivision just outside of Carlisle Barracks as the American kids were joyfully riding bikes around the neighborhood and the IF children stood on the sidelines and watched.

Ann and another military spouse, Laura Hume, started searching the Post Fall Yard Sales and found several American families who generously offered to donate the bikes that their children had outgrown.  

Pam Lord, an avid Carlisle cyclist, joined the group and linked the effort with Cole's Bike Shop, who checked the bikes for safe operation. The group quickly handed out the bikes to IF children. In that first summer, nineteen bikes were distributed among the IF families.  Last year, excess youth bikes were passed on to Carlisle’s Project Share Food Bank for children of needy families.

At the end of the academic year, the bikes were collected, were given quick checkups and repairs at Cole's, and then were stored in the Lord family barn. This year Hillside Storage on Cranes Gap Road in North Middleton has graciously provided a storage unit free of charge to hold the bikes during the transition period between IF classes.  Before the International Fellows for the USAWC Class of 2011 arrived, thanks to the generosity of military and community families and with the cooperation of Cole's Bike Store, the inventory climbed to 40 bikes.

In the first week of July, more than 25 bikes were passed on to the new children of the IF community. The word has spread, and there is need for more bikes, especially bikes with training wheels and ones for teens/adults. For more information contact Ann Allen at

Indonesian Fellow from the Army War College Class of 2011, poses with his wife and son with bikes provided by the community. The community-wide drive collects bicycles for IF children who may not have been able to bring their bikes to the United States. Courtesy photo.

Army & Air Force Exchange Service Public Affairs


June 17, 2010


Make the Call after Recall

DALLAS – With the recent major recalls of cars, toys, and even a popular fast food franchise’s promotional glassware, the Army and Air Force Exchange Service wants to ensure their patrons know the recall process for goods sold in exchanges.

There are two ways to check recalls specific to exchange operations. Authorized shoppers can go to their local exchange and check the customer service area or log on to  for the latest recall information.

“The fact of the matter is, the customer needs to be informed and reassured,” said Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Jeffry Helm, AAFES senior enlisted advisor. “We strive to stay abreast and quickly post all recalls that affect our customers.”

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission generates recalls and alerts on products. These are based on regulatory website information, supplier notifications, inspections, testing results and Department of Defense Hazardous Food and Non-Prescription Drug Recall System alerts.

In the event of a potential recall, AAFES Quality Assurance notifies buyers to determine whether exchange shoppers have been affected. Buyers then provide information such as the scope, Universal Product Code and disposition information. Once quality assurance specialists send recall information to impacted stores and distribution centers, details are posted in the stores and online. Once the item is recalled it can be systematically blocked at the registers and the distribution flow is stopped.

“If the customer is knowledgeable of how this process works it makes their experience better,” said Helm. “And we are in the business of making sure customers are taken care of.”

Helm and AAFES invite Exchange patrons to utilize the CPSC and AAFES websites as well as in store information to stay up to date on the latest recall information.

CPSC is the federal agency charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death. Information concerning more than 4,500 product recalls are available through their website at


Leah Clemons, Carlisle Barracks Exchange PAR


Carlisle Barracks to collect cardboard, help local community

  A Cardboard Drive to benefit Project SHARE will be held Wednesdays and Fridays starting July 14 to July 30.

  By bailing and recycling large cardboard, Project SHARE is able to raise money to purchase food to provide to more than 1000 area families in need each month.

  Project SHARE will provide volunteers and trucks to pick up unwanted household moving boxes starting at 10 a.m. on scheduled days. 

  Pickup will be at the following housing areas:  The Meadows, College Arms and Young Hall. 

  For other Post residents, call the Balfour Beatty Management office at 717-243-7177, to have your address added to the pick-up schedule.

  All cardboard MUST be broken down and placed in front of your residence before 10 a.m. on the days of pick-up.  

  Project SHARE will not accept wet cardboard, so cover cardboard with a tarp or trash bags to prevent it from getting wet.

  Balfour Beatty Communities is the sponsor of the event.

Army & Air Force Exchange Service Public Affairs
Leah Clemons, Carlisle Barracks Exchange PAR

Varying levels of exchange support available to entire military community
DALLAS  -- From Fort Bragg, N.C. to Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, military installations around the world are home to more than 3,000 Army & Air Force Exchange Service food, entertainment and retail options. The Army posts and Air Force bases where these exchange operations are located host a variety of visitors, contractors and Department of Defense civilians who often ask, "Who's authorized to shop these facilities?"
Exchange service authorization actually begins with the House Armed Services Committee and ultimately ends with the installation commander. The guidelines, as prescribed by Army Regulation 215-8/Air Force Instruction 34-211 (I) and the Armed Services Exchange Regulations, Department of Defense Instruction 1330.21, require proper identification of authorized customers, including uniformed personnel and members of the Reserve Components and family members, applicable DoD civilians, exchange associates, retirees and their dependents who possess a basic exchange purchase privilege authorization card.
While authorizations governing who can buy merchandise and services at exchanges often apply to a chosen few, the doors to AAFES' 1,631 food facilities and 284 shoppettes are open to virtually anyone looking for a quick bite to eat. In fact, DoD policy allows all federal government employees, and even installation visitors, to dine at AAFES restaurants as long as their orders are consumed on the installation. Furthermore, anyone can purchase single-serve consumables from a Shoppette, an option that is especially valuable late at night considering many AAFES convenience stores offer extended hours.
"The 'Snack Avenue' inside most AAFES Shoppettes offers a robust selection of single-serve consumables," said  Chief Master Sgt. Jeffry Helm, AAFES' senior enlisted advisor. "Candy bars, soft drinks and even hot dogs can be picked up by just about anyone with business on the installation."
Anyone who believes they may qualify for exchange benefits, including access to the main exchange, should contact their local AAFES manager for additional guidance as well as information regarding possible exceptions at specific BX/PX locations. Installation-specific contact information is available online at under the BX/PX "Store Locator" link. 

Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, Commander, Installation Management Command

Celebrate Independence Day ... safely

The founders of this great Nation, representing the original thirteen colonies of the USA, signed the most important document in our Nation's history two hundred and thirty-four years ago.  On the Fourth of July, we commemorate the Declaration of Independence as a statement of our values and beliefs and enthusiastically celebrate its signing as the beginning of our heritage.  President John Adams wrote, "I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival.  It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other."

While celebrating, it's fitting to remember our Soldiers and civilians who gave their lives to protect our hard-won liberties: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  These patriots gave their utmost for a cause; don't give up yours in a moment of reckless behavior.  Keep a watchful eye out for each other and talk about travel plans, designate drivers when necessary and watch out for the risks associated with summer's recreational activities such as swimming, water sports, boats, and personal watercraft.  These activities can turn deadly when combined with alcohol and/or drugs.

Ensure your vehicles are in good operating condition, drive defensively, and maintain situational awareness.  Unsafe use of automobiles and motorcycles continues to be the number one killer of Soldiers, civilians, and Family members.


































 10. HQDA POC FOR UNIFORM POLICY IS SGM K. EASLEY, DSN 664-0620, COMM (703) 604-0620.


Carlisle Barracks Fire Fighters conduct fire training with DOD counterparts

By Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos, USAWC Public Affairs

A burning building is terrifying.  It is painfully hot.  Stuff can fall on you and you can’t see or breathe well.  It is an exercise in claustrophobia.  Fortunately, there are people who will go into fire-engulfed buildings and are trained to and fight fires and rescue trapped people. 

  A Carlisle Barracks fire fighter enters a burning room during a live fire exercise on July 1. 

To make sure that they can respond in a timely efficient manner, fire fighters, like Soldiers, train as they fight.  For fire fighters this means live fire exercises.

On June 28th and July 1st the Carlisle Barracks fire department conducted joint live fire training with local first responders at the Harrisburg Community College Shumaker Public Safety Center for Live Structural Fire Training. 

Gone are the days when, in the mid-19th century, different fire departments fought with and sabotaged each other to determine who would put out a fire, now they work together, both out of necessity and comradeship. 

 “It is nice to get a chance to train together,” said Chief Leonard Rutter, Deputy Chief of the DLA fire department.  “You never know when you will have to rely on each other.” 

“We are a small department and there is only so much we can teach ourselves,” added fire fighter Todd Hooper, who has been with the Carlisle Barracks fire station for two years.  “Working with other departments helps us learn new tricks of the trade.”

“The Department of Defense mandates that we conduct live fire training once a year,” said Tom Rigling, the training officer for the DLA fire department.  “Like Soldiers who constantly train to keep their skills sharp, we have to do that too, so this training helps. We are all small departments, so joint training gives us more bang for the buck.”

The three stations frequently have to rely on each other because they have a mutual aid agreement between not only the military fire departments, but the civilian ones as well. 

“If a department in Cumberland County has an emergency, we will respond if needed,” said Carlisle Barracks Station Chief Dennis Ing.  “For example, if there is a HAZMAT emergency in the county, we will come out because we are the only station in the area that has 100 percent HAZMAT technician certification.”  HAZMAT technician certification means the fire fighters are qualified to go into a HAZMAT zone and remove the hazardous material.

In the event of a real emergency, the first department on the scene will assess the situation and then call for back up if needed, said Henry Hoffman, the DLA fire chief. 

“We have enough people to arrive on the scene and get started but we rely on each other for help.”

The fire fighters trained on fighting fires in two different types of physical structures; a commercial building and a residential dwelling.  Each type of building has different problems for the fire fighters to tackle. 

“In a commercial building there are usually limited windows and entry ways, which makes entering the building more difficult,” said Hooper, who has been a fire fighter for 16 years.  “Unfortunately that means the fire can get quite hot.”

House fires are difficult because not all houses are the same. 

“You are kind of behind the eight ball when you go into a house fire because you don’t know how the rooms are set up,” said Mike Diffendall Jr. a fire fighter with the Defense Logistics Agency.  “Of course the biggest concern in a house fire, is, is everyone out of the building and accounted for.  When I hear that the family is safe, my adrenaline goes down a little, because now it is just an attack mission not a search and rescue mission.”

When a fire team encounters a house fire there are four different teams that tackle the problem.  The ventilation team opens up holes in the house to let out the smoke, the search team looks for people trapped inside while the fire attack team works to put out the fire.  Standing by is the Fire fighter Assist and Search Team (FAST) also known as a Rapid Intervention Team (RIT).   These fighters are there to rescue any fire fighter that is in distress. 

“They are the emergency crew for the emergency crew,” said Rutter.

While the fires they trained on were real, the departments did keep safety on their mind.  They used dry wood to feed the fire which burns slower and lower than gasoline, which used to be used.  “Gas burns hotter and produces more flame which was occasionally resulting in injuries” said Rigling.  “Wood doesn’t produce as much flame but does produce more smoke which makes moving around inside the building more difficult.”

The training, which was sponsored by the Defense Logistics Agency’s New Cumberland fire department, teamed up members of the Mechanicsburg Army Depot fire department and the Carlisle Barracks fire department. 

The Carlisle Barracks Fire Department will conduct more training on post later this month.

Army Heritage Center Foundation

Army Heritage Center Foundation to receive Pa. $ 500 thousand redevelopment assistance capital grant fund for Army Heritage & Education Center development

June 22 -- The Army Heritage Center Foundation today announced that Pa. Gov. Edward G. Rendell has authorized the release of an additional $500,000 of Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program funds to support the continued development of the US Army Heritage and Education Center. 

“This additional Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant will facilitate construction of Phase Two of the Visitor and Education Center," said Chris Gleason, Vice-Chair of the Army Heritage Center Foundation. "We believe that the Commonwealth’s support will spur others to give or continue to support our efforts to expand this campus that will honor our Soldiers and their Families, reach out and tell the American public about the Army’s contributions to our Nation, and promote heritage tourism.”

The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program is a Commonwealth grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, and historical improvement projects.  Funds provided through this grant support construction for which the designated project must obtain at least a 50 percent non-state match prior to obtaining access to the state’s funds. 

A project is eligible for RACP funding only if that project has been itemized in an act--such as a Capital Budget Project Itemization Act--passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by the Governor.  The authorization to support the development of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center was contained in the Capital Budget Itemization Act of 2004. 

The program is administered through the Cumberland County Industrial Development Authority.

The Army Heritage Center Foundation coordinates a public-private partnership that seeks to expand the US Army Heritage and Education Center campus and programs.  The Foundation has achieved its first goal of building Phase One of the Visitor and Education Center—a $12 million capital project that will open to the public in 2011. 

Phase One of the Visitor and Education Center will provide a 37,000 square foot facility that will include the U.S. Army Heritage Center's first exhibit and interpretive gallery and public space for educational programs, veterans’ reunions, and other public gatherings.  Phase One will also include a store and other support services for visitors. 

Phase Two of the Visitor and Education Center will provide a second exhibit and interpretive gallery, additional multipurpose and education program space, and enhanced support services for visitors.  The project is estimated to cost approximately $9.5 to $10 million.

The USAHEC is open to the public for tours and for research.  See for hours and directions.  See   for information about the Foun

Demolition of homes along Liggett, Bouquet Roads to start July 1

The demolition project to create space for the new Youth Services began July 1 and is expected to last to September.

The project will take down  10 family housing units along Liggett Road and 10 homes on Bouquet Road.

Construction of the new Youth Services building is scheduled to begin October 1 in the space currently occupied by two-story homes along Bouquet Road. The land around the Liggett Road one-story brick homes will be restored to green space.

Both areas will be fenced off during work hours, approximately 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

“As with any construction or demolition project there will be delays for short periods as equipment and other items is moved around,” said Tom Kelly, Public Works director. “We will ensure there are ground guides for any traffic disruptions.”

 The demolition work is being completed in partnership with Balfour Beatty Communities.

Army Substance Abuse – Summer Sense – 101 Days of Summer

 “Alcohol, Medications and Older People”– information provided by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

 Someone you care about has a problem.

You’re concerned – and with just cause. An older close friend or family member is taking medications and drinking alcohol at the same time. Or your loved one may have a medical condition that can be made worse because of alcohol.

 What can I do?

 The first step is to see if your loved one is aware of the situation. Does your older friend or relative know about the possible dangers of taking medications and alcohol together – or is he or she aware and just doesn’t care? Does your loved one know that alcohol can make an existing medical condition worse – or does it just not matter to him or her?

 Share the facts.

 Many changes happen to one’s body and health as he or she gets older – it’s a fact of life. The body takes longer to break down alcohol and that means it stays in your system longer. This can cause an older adult to have a different – and sometimes severe – reaction to alcohol than they did in the past.

 The House of Representatives Select Committee on Aging Report, 1992 - 83% of adults age 65 and older take at least one prescription drug.  Over half of all prescriptions for older adults contain a sedative that can make you sleepy. Drinking alcohol while taking these drugs can be especially dangerous as a person gets older.

Your loved one can develop new health problems as he or she ages. Or existing health problems can become worse. Alcohol can make the problem worse, sometimes life-threatening-even cause new problems to occur.

In fact, if your older friend or relative has diabetes, gout, ulcers or chronic indigestion, he or she should check with a physician or pharmacist before drinking any alcohol at all.

A dangerous mix.

Alcohol – in combination with drugs or herbals – can impair judgment, speed up or slow down the effects of the drugs, and cause drowsiness.

Alcohol in combination with antibiotics can result in symptoms which include headache, rapid pulse, vomiting, heart palpations and breathing too fast.

Alcohol can irritate your bladder and cause you to urinate more often. This can make an older adult more prone to heat stress.

Is it the aging process or alcohol? 

In addition to the dangers of mixing alcohol with medications, your loved one should know how alcohol affects the overall aging process.

Problems he or she might blame on aging, (such as insomnia, depression, memory loss or decreased sex drive), might instead be caused by alcohol use or abuse.

Alcohol use can also harm older adults in other ways. Alcohol may affect one’s ability to digest food which could lead to malnutrition. The liver can be damaged by alcohol misuse. Alcohol could cause loss of coordination and balance which could lead to falls and broken bones.

Find out the reason behind their drinking.

If your loved one is ignoring the potential dangers of mixing alcohol and drugs – or is drinking more alcohol than before – help them take an honest look at why their habits have changed. 

Has there been a life-changing event such as the death of a spouse, failing health, retirement, or loss of independence? Has his or her self-esteem dropped? Does your loved one have too much free time, spend too much time alone or have a previous history of depression?

 What can you do to help?

If someone close to you has experienced a difficult change or loss, you can use your relationship with them as a tool to help them through their tough times.

Become a bigger part of their daily lives and routines. Make time for activities with them, finding new things for them to enjoy and occupy their time. Most importantly, look for changes in behavior or appearance that may suggest the beginning of a problem with alcohol.

If you think there might be an alcohol abuse problem, seek the advice of a professional before you talk about the subject with your loved one.


A professional counselor, especially one trained in the special need of older individuals as well as alcohol abuse, can help you approach the issue with your loved one. That professional can also guide you and your friend or relative to the help he or she needs. The blue pages of the phone book have listings of resources including: psychological professionals, social service agencies and local health departments.


Your interest and effort in helping your loved one could make a big difference in returning them to a safer, healthier lifestyle.


For assistance or additional information contact the Prevention office at 245 – 4576 or check out the PA Department of Aging at:

Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, commander of Installation Management Command

Exceptional Family Member Program: Fulfilling the promise to all Family members

ARLINGTON, Va. - Army Families deal with unique challenges associated with military life, especially when it comes to relocation. Not only do Families have to find a new place to call home, they also have to find new health care and childcare providers, enroll children in new schools and activities and build new networks of friends and support.

These challenges are not easy for any Army Family, but for Families with special needs, they are magnified.

Families with members requiring special educational and medical services often have to rebuild a complex system of providers and services to support the health and development of their Family members. Families can put an incredible amount of time and effort into creating a network that enables their Family members to flourish, and then, when it comes time to relocate, they have to start again.

The Army does not intend for these Families to go it alone. The Exceptional Family Member Program , managed through Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command, is a comprehensive, coordinated program that provides community support, educational, medical, housing and personnel services to Families with special needs. Families who have questions or need EFMP support are encouraged to go to the garrison Army Community Service and speak with the EFMP Manager.

Soldiers with Family members who have special needs are required to enroll in EFMP, so that the needs can be considered during the nominative phase of the military personnel assignment process. Some Soldiers may be reluctant to identify Family members for this program. They may feel that identifying with the program will adversely affect their career. This is simply not true. Army leaders at all levels must help dispel this misconception.

It is also important for Soldiers and their Families to know that the Army's EFMP does much more than provide information for assignment decisions. The EFMP is one way we can keep some of the most important promises articulated in the Army Family Covenant: providing access to high-quality medical care, educational opportunities and family programs that foster an environment in which Families can thrive.

EFMP is currently serving 16 percent of all Army Families, or more than 70,000 registered Family members. The program has provided critical support to Families since its start in 1979. Over the last 30 years, through initiatives such as the Army Family Covenant, the Army's commitment and promises to Families have become more defined. At the same time, the number of on- and off-post programs and services available to Families with special needs have increased and become more diverse.

As a result of the Army Family Covenant promises and the greater array of programs to manage or coordinate with, we are committed to continually seek new ways to enhance our EFMP support to Families.

The number one request I hear from EFMP Families during my installation visits is for assistance in navigating the variety of services and programs available through the Department of Defense, Department of the Army and other federal, local and state agencies. When Soldiers and their Families move to a new location, they need to know what is available on and off the installation and how to access and coordinate all the services.

The 2010 National Defense Authorization Act requires all of the Armed Services to provide additional support for Families with special needs. As a part of the Army's response, Installation Management Command will add 44 System Navigators to the existing EFMP staff at 26 garrisons stateside and overseas. The System Navigators will help Families connect to the local, state and federal resources they need. The 26 garrisons include Fort Hood, Texas; Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.; Fort Bragg, N.C.; Fort Campbell, Ky.; and Schofield Barracks, Hawaii - the five installations with the highest number of EFMP Families. The System Navigators will be trained and in place within the first quarter of FY11.

System navigation is just one of the areas we are looking at through the Army EFMP Strategic Action Plan, which grew out of EFMP Summits held in February 2009 and February 2010. For all of the issues we are looking at-Family member evaluation, enrollment eligibility, information management, coordination of services, new programs and others-our efforts are guided by the concerns of our Families and a focus on improving Soldier and Family well-being and readiness.

One way Families with special needs can communicate their concerns and recommendations is through the Army Family Action Plan. AFAP is the Army's grassroots effort through which members of the Army community can identify and elevate significant quality of life issues affecting the community to senior leaders for action.

EFMP is also one of the programs that the Services and Infrastructure Core Enterprise is studying to bring about improvements for Army Families. SICE is a collaborative and cross-functional team of more than 15 commands, organizations and staff offices formed to develop solutions to Army-wide challenges. SICE will determine how we can resource installations with the appropriate number of EFMP staff for the most effective and responsive program.

EFMP has provided and continues to provide invaluable service, but this is an area in which we must always seek innovative ways to enhance support to Families with special needs. Soldiers and Families need to know before they depart for a new installation that they will be able to find the services necessary for the health and well-being of all their Family members. This is part of our promise to Families, for the sacrifices they make, and our commitment to Soldiers, whose strength and readiness is rooted in the strength of their Families.