Banner Archive for July 2012


Carlisle Barracks hosting youth welcome events


July 31:   High School Welcome Jam, Grades 9-12, 6-9:30 pm at Pool Pavilion (no swimming).  Ice breakers, games, DJ, food, prizes.  FREE!

Aug 1:    Middle School Welcome Jam, Grades 6-8, 6-9:30 pm at Pool Pavilion (no swimming).  Ice breakers, games, DJ, food, prizes.  FREE!


Aug 3:    Kids Day at Youth Services, 1:30-4:30 pm at YS.  Wear your bathing suit for water fun!   DJ, food, games, entertainment.  FREE!

Aug 8:    Ice Cream Social at Youth Services, 6:30-8:00 pm, Grades K-5.  Join us for ice cream and check out all the fun that happens at YS.  FREE!


Aug 25:  Middle/High School Welcome Jam, Grades 6-12, 7-10 pm at Pool Pavilion (no swimming).  Hang out with new friends and enjoy team games, relays, dancing and food.  FREE!

Army War College graduates 349 Military, Civilian, International Leaders


July 27, 2012 -- The War College Commandant Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo offered a personal message to the graduates and their Families, as he described a particularly tough meeting during his recent Pentagon assignment.  He had scanned the room full of “iron colonels” and lieutenant colonels and Army Civilians --  admiring their quiet commitment to critical roles at the national level, engaged in some of the most complex issues and challenges in decades. 

“Where do we get such men and women, and who will step up and take their place when these talented people move on?” he had wondered, he said. 

“We get such men and women from your selfless ranks and the U.S. Army War College,” Cucolo said to the student body.  “The next wave of strategic leadership for our nation, and six allied nations, is the US Army War College Class of 2012.”

Graduation speaker Lt. Gen. William E. Ingram, Jr., director of the Army National Guard, highlighted the skills the new graduates have acquired.

He reminded the graduates of the course requirement to analyze a hypothetical strategic scenario that defied an easy solution. The exercise required that the students work with others, exercise critical thinking, innovate, and be adaptive. They balanced cultural, geopolitical and logistical considerations with the limitations of force strength, lines of communication and a hundred moving parts.

“You had to do all this collaboratively so that you would finally arrive at a solution that would work in the real world,” said Ingram, drawing the parallel to responsibilities ahead.

“Seeking counsel, listening, applying judgment – that’s how general officers, CEOs, prime ministers and presidents make the toughest decisions,” said Ingram.

Ingram is an Army War College alumnus of the distance program, but missed his own graduation ceremony when called to active duty to command a task force and base in Croatia.  He found immediate need then for the critical skills and expanded knowledge of the Army War College experience, and reminded the new graduates that expectations of them are high.   

Classes end; relationships continue.

“The day before you began your Army War College studies, you knew what a good unit looked like, but did you know what a complete force looks like?” he asked the student body. “Did you have a grasp of Joint Doctrine? Did you have the broad scope, the diplomatic range, the informed worldview necessary to lead at the highest levels and work with other agencies?

“You do now,” said Ingram.

“You have juggled competing priorities, full-time jobs and family duties, along with your rigorous War College studies,” said Ingram.  “Soon, you will take on challenging assignments. Many of you will be expected to redesign your commands, wings and fleets. Some of you will go on the shape the security of your nation.

“You are our prospective generals, admirals, our principal strategists,” said Ingram. “You are expansive thinkers – ready to thrive in a fluid, joint, multinational environment. Starting right now, it’s your turn to make history.”

The War College alumni look back

The ceremony marked the end of the two-year distance education experience and followed the final two-week resident course. Course speakers included Chief of the Army ReserveLt. Gen. Jeffrey Talley,historian Rick Atkinson, and Dr. Paul Stockton, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and America’s Security Affairs.

                    1997 graduate Lt. Gen. William Ingram (left) received an honorary USAWC degree from Army War College Dean Dr. Lance Betros (right), with Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo on the historic parade ground of Carlisle Barracks.                     

A session featuring Talley, and Brig. Gen. William Roy, Deputy Director, Operations, Readiness and Mobilization for the National Guard, discussed strategic challenges facing the Army Reserve and National Guard and what these futures leaders will need to know to be successful in the future.  


“You will need to get outside your comfort zone,” said Talley, a 2003 graduate. “Get an assignment that will force you to be a broader leader. That’s what happened to me and I’m a better leader for it.” 


Roy focused his remarks on the changes ahead as the military comes out of a decade of war.


“The future force will face a full spectrum of challenges,” he said. “You need to be prepared to deal with everything from unconventional, asymmetric enemies to the new threats of cyber and space.”


“This has been an overall exhausting but great experience,” said Lt. Col. Karl Nell. “The ability to look at issues and challenges from a new perspective is exciting.” 


 “Most times we only consider our own perspective but in my seminar I have 16 different perspectives that each brings their own unique view to a particular issue,” said Todd Wheeler, Department of Homeland Security civilian in the Federal Emergency Management Agency. This course has helped teach not what to think, but how to think.”


 “This course has really helped expand my horizons to leadership at the strategic level,” said Lt. Col. David Matthew. “Our perspectives have really changed as it is much different than operating at the tactical and operational level.”

            For the two years of internet-based studies of the Army War College distance program, 'it takes a family' for encouragement and support.            

The 349 graduates include 309 Army officers, 3 Air Force, 14 Marine, and 1 Navy officer, with the majority from the Reserve or National Guard.  Sixteen interagency civilians and 6 international officers completed the program. With the resident program, the Class of 2012 totals 717 students.

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Army War College faculty meet new dean: Dr. Lance Betros

Dr. Lance Betros was officially introduced to the faculty as the U.S. Army War College dean by Commandant Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo in a short ceremony in Bliss Hall, July 27.

"He spent his career in uniform as a true Soldier-Scholar, commanding at company and battalion level, serving at the high operational-level in combat in Somalia, and serving at the strategic level next to the Secretary of the Army," said Cucolo. "And, somehow, through the years earned a PhD in history ... MA in history ... MS in national security strategy ... Master of Military Art and Science in theater operations," he continued.

"He earned a reputation as a reformer -- particularly a curriculum reformer -- and led the way to change our approach to understanding culture throug the directed study of language and history long before it became vogue to our Army," said the commandant about the dean's experience at West Point.

"He is no stranger to the very special type of leader needed for those types of activities,' he said, about Betros as reformer and academic leader.

The commandant welcomed both Betros and his wife, Laurel, to their new lives on Garrison Lane. 

“Laurel’s a military brat,” said Betros. “Her entire life has been in the military, and now, even in retirement, she gets to remain in a military community. We can experience the Army War College community close up and enjoy the Carlisle Experience.

 “It’s a combination of intellectual, professional, and personal growth,” said Betros. 

Recounting his positive first impressions here, he asked the hypothetical question:   Why would a guy ever want to leave a glorious place like West Point before he needed to do so?

 “It’s the mission, location, and people that made West Point difficult to leave, and makes it so easy to come to Carlisle Barracks,” said Betros, who spoke of the welcoming spirit of everyone he and Laurel have met.

“I used to tell the faculty at West Point that they were unlikely to ever again be in an organization with so many outstanding people around them.  At the time, of course, I didn’t know that I would someday be at the Army War College, or I surely would have qualified that statement.  The Army War College faculty is amazing, and I am privileged to be among such an impressive group of people.”

Dr. Lance Betros receives from Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo the School's replica of General Orders 155 dated November 27, 1901, establishing the U.S. Army War College, to signify the transfer of responsibility for the Army War College.

“I’m going to devote myself to make the academic program at the Army War College the best it possibly can be,” he said. “The question I will ask about every proposal is:   What is best for officer education?

Respect for the history of the area and appreciation of the Army War College’s AHEC adds to the appeal of moving from the oldest military installation to the second oldest.

 “What a jewel the AHEC is!  Its Military History Institute is a vital component of the Army’s History Program and its ability to tell the Army Story,” he said.

The new dean brings to the War College 35 years Army leadership experience. Commissioned as an Infantry lieutenant at the U.S. Military Academy in 1977, he will be retired from his last active-duty position at USMA as of September at the retirement rank of brigadier general.  His military career spanned assignments with 1stArmored Division, 7thInfantry Division, and U.S. Forces Command, from which he deployed to Mogadishu as a joint planner for Joint Task Force-Somalia.  He commanded the 1stBattalion, 34thInfantry Regiment, a basic training unit. Upon completion of command he was selected to serve as the senior military aide to Secretary of the Army Louis Caldera in 1998. He earned honors as distinguished graduate of the National War College.

In 2000, Betros returned to West Point as an Academy professor in the History Department, having joined the USMA faculty a first time in 1986 for a three-year assignment.

Betros will apply to his new responsibilities a depth and range of experience in history research and education, and academic leadership.  He earned a master’s degree in History at the University of North Carolina in 1984. For the next three years, he balanced Ph.D. work with USMA responsibilities as instructor and director of a series of core and elective courses. He completed his doctorate before leaving West Point for Fort Leavenworth’s Command and General Staff College and School for Advanced Military Studies.  Since 2000, he served for two years in the Military History Division before being selected as a Professor USMA and deputy department head. He served as Head of the Department of History since 2005. As department head, he implemented curricular reforms in interdisciplinary learning and the cultural education of cadets. He established the Center for Oral History and the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

Betros published two books, West Point: Two Centuries and Beyond; and in 2012, Carved from Granite: West Point since 1902.

By Tyler Davis

Carlisle Barracks Wellness Center enhances health of distance students


Health Educator Tiffany Payne shows off the state-of-the-art Bod Pod that measures body composition

After stepping out of a machine that looks like an egg shaped space ship a staff member records the results and instructs you on the next test. Welcome to the Carlisle Barracks Wellness Center, a new organization on post that is dedicated to the health and wellness of the students, staff and Barracks community.

122 Distance Education students recently took advantage of an opportunity to take charge of their health thanks to the new Army Wellness Center on post.

Beth Murray, Nurse Educator, hosts one of the lunch time briefings where the student's results are explained.

The Wellness Center executed a comprehensive series of tests to determine the physical condition and overall wellness of each client. The results are then compiled and explained during lunch time briefings. The information provided gave the students a glimpse at their overall health and recommendations on health and lifestyle improvements.

“It was good to get an update on my fitness levels and overall health,” said Lt. Col. Morgan Mann, Distance class of 2012. “It has really been a great addition to the program here.”

“This has been one of the highlights of my studies here,” said Col. Paul Raaf. “It gives me a general look at my health and fitness I wouldn’t have received otherwise.”

Raaf noted that it is sometimes difficult to determine overall health and fitness without assistance.

“It’s the little things,” said Raaf. “I don’t have a general physician, so these tests provide me important information such as my cholesterol and overall fitness levels. The Wellness Center really provides a great service to the students.”

Since the class spends just two two-week resident phases at Carlisle Barracks over the course of two years, the students have the opportunity to stay connected with the staff via Defense Connect Online. Students can also utilize the services of any other Wellness Center around the world.

“The Wellness Center is an Army wide initiative with standardized Centers planned for across the globe,” said Beth Murray, Health Educator. “A patient can visit any standardized Wellness Center and all of their health information, fitness plans and previous visits regardless of location will be available.”

Tiffany Payne, Health Educator, shows of the state-of-the-art Bod Pod and ultra sound machines which measure body composition.

Including Carlisle Barracks, there are three Army Wellness Centers in the U.S. and five in Europe. There are initiatives under way to have 38 operational by 2015.

“The primary goal of the testing was to develop fitness and nutrition plans based on the five components of physical fitness: cardio-respiratory endurance, flexibility, body composition, muscular strength and muscular endurance,” said Murray.

Due to the limited time available to the distance students, the muscular strength and flexibility were not able to be tested.

“Exercise truly is medicine,” said Murray. “We are here to help you make the lifestyle changes to get you physically well.”

To gather the information necessary to determine physical fitness, the Wellness Center uses a variety of tests and equipment.

  • Body Composition is determined by the use of a state-of-the-art Bod Pod and ultrasound machines, which measure body mass and fat percentage, as well as simple height and weight measurements.
  • Cardio-respiratory endurance is determined through tests that are designed to stress the body. The Sub-max VO2 test uses sophisticated equipment to measure the anaerobic threshold in which the body can no longer provide adequate oxygen to the muscles. This estimate is used in providing a healthy work out regiment based on the limitations of the body.
  • A resting metabolic rate test determines the number of calories and individual requires to carry out basic bodily functions at rest. This information then helps the Wellness Center staff produce a nutrition and exercise outline based on individual health goals.

These tests are complemented by blood work done at the Dunham Army Health Clinic to test for any irregularities.

The range of tests give enough data to create a personalized plan to take charge of health and fitness.

 “We create exercise and nutrition prescriptions based on each individual needs,” said Murray.

The Army Wellness Center will close out the distance students and prepare to start working with Class of 2013 resident students in early September. Next will be the grand opening Sep. 14, and the Wellness Center will be open to military family members, civilian employees, and military retirees.

By: Tyler Davis

Distance Class of 2012 gets first hand look at Gettysburg campaign

On the morning of July 2 1863 165,000 soldiers from the Union and Confederate Armies were preparing for battle. Little did they know that over the next day and a half nearly 61,000 of them would become casualties in largest and costliest military engagement of the Civil War.

Fast forward 149 years. The U.S. Army is back in Gettysburg, this time the force was made up of students in the Army War College Distance Education Class of 2012.

Distance Class of 2012 students look to where the battle changing Pickett's charge began on the final day of the campaign.

On July 20 the students descended on the town and battle field to absorb the many lessons left over from the bloodiest battle on American soil as part of their second and final residence course.

 “The Gettysburg trip is a capstone to the student’s studies over the last two years,” saidDr. Kevin Weddle, Department of Distance Education. “It helps us to illustrate the core principles of The War College in a great example that is close to home.”

The Gettysburg campaign is a striking example of the core coursework at the U.S. Army War College, “providing a direct example that illuminates and expands on the six principles of Strategic Leadership, Strategic Decision Making, Application of Land-Power, Civil-Military Relations, Theater Strategy and Campaign planning,” said Weddle.

 “I looked at the Gettysburg campaign from a strategic stand point,” said Lt. Col. Karl Nell, Class of 2012. “There were a lot of big decisions made in the battle, but the opposing factors were more important.”

“The Confederate General Robert E. Lee was a master at winning because he used the terrain of the battlefield to his advantage,” said Nell. “In this case Lee go drawn in by the Union forces and wasn’t fighting the battle he ultimately wanted.”

Nell noted the value of getting an up close look at the Gettysburg campaign.

“Ultimately you take away the lessons learned from both the good and bad decisions made on the battle field,” said Nell. “It is a different experience from reading about the battle field to getting a first-hand look.”

“The Gettysburg staff ride was outstanding,” said Marine Lt. Col. Morgan Mann, Distance Class of 2012.

The class spends just one month at the Army War College spread out over the course of two years. The majority of their studies are done online from around the country, or if they are deployed, the world.

“The War College experience is an incredible opportunity for every officer,” said Col. Paul Raaf, Distance Class of 2012. “It has been an amazing experience for me.”

The Gettysburg staff ride was led by senior staff members with extensive knowledge of the battlefield, commanding generals, tactics involved and overall repercussions that each decision had on the outcome of the battle.

“We have world class guides that lead the staff rides,” said Weddle. “They use the Gettysburg campaign to connect the student’s studies over the last two years on a strategic level.”

USAWC Professor Tom Dombrowsky leads seminars through every phase of the historic battle.  

Suzanne Reynolds, Public Affairs Office
Carlisle Barracks Soldiers participate in challenging obstacle trail races 
Seven of the 11-member Carlisle Barracks team are elated after tackling the challenging Sprint
obstacle race, July 14.
  Bruised, muddy, scratched, and dehydrated but Soldiers still had fun.
  Eleven Soldiers from Carlisle Barracks units tackled and finished the Spartan Sprint race at the Blue Mountain Ski area in Palmerton, Pa, July 14.
  The challenging sprint obstacle trail covered 5 miles with 15 obstacles that included carrying a 5-gallon bucket of rocks, a 40-pound sandbag, scaling 7-foot walls, 30-foot rope climb, 30 yards of low crawl in the mud and rocks under barbed wire, and more.
  “The race itself was very demanding, mentally and physically, said Cpt. Michael Tompkins, Headquarters Company commander here.  “It challenged your will to keep going when you were fatigued, and challenged your sense of humor when another obstacle appeared ahead.”
  “The race was muddy, creative, and extreme, said Chief Warrant Officer Marion Mellette, Human Resources Directorate.  “We all were exhausted upon completion!”
  “It was definitely fun to do but yet physically challenging at the same time,” said Mellette. 
  Team Carlisle Barracks placed 106 out of 435 with a team time of 2:18:41. The team included Soldiers from headquarters company, dental clinic, Army War College, post chapel, and Vet Services:  Cpt. Michael Tompkins, Chief Warrant Officer Marion Mellette, 1st Sgt. Sabrina Washington, Sgt. 1st Class Jason Bowden, Sgt. 1st Class Anthony Patelunas, Sgt. 1st Class Andrew Wicks, Staff Sgt. Michael Gonzalez, Staff Sgt. Joseph Mutaku, Sgt. Charles Posey, Sgt. Demaris Reyes, and Spc. Brigetta Fisher.
  “The course was very intense, said Sgt. 1st Class Jason Bowden of the Dental Clinic.  “I was not expecting it to be so steep, and didn’t train for that.” 
  According to Bowden many of the obstacles, such as the rope climbs, were similar to military training.
                                                                                                                Chief Warrant Office Marion Mellette shows his skills in
                                                                                                                clearing a fire obstacle at the Spartan Sprint Race, Blue
                                                                                                                Mountain Ski area, July 14.
  “The Soldiers who signed up for the race trained hard for it during PT doing lots of body-weight exercises and running,” said Tompkins.
  “Everybody on our team did a really good job, said Bowden.  “They all completed the course.  Many participants did not.”
  “I’m ready to do another, can’t wait,” said Bowden.
  “I am very proud of all of the Soldiers for completing the race and pushing themselves, and each other, to never quit and keep moving forward.” said Tompkins.
  Spartan Race is the global leader in obstacle racing since 2005 and was designed by seven ultra athletes and a Royal Marine, according to the Spartan Race website:
  Expenses for the Soldiers’ race fees and transportation were provided by MWR and BOSS.

Garrison lane parking restrictions July 26, 27

In support of the USAWC Distance Education Class of 2012 graduation ceremony on Friday, July 27 Garrison Lane residents are asked to avoid parking on Garrison Lane from the evening of Thursday, July 26 through noon on Friday, July 27. Please park in your garage, or park in the upper parking lot at Dunham Clinic.

Garrison Lane from Ashburn Drive to Guardhouse Lane will become a one-way street Friday, July 27 from 7 a.m. to noon to support the safe and orderly flow of traffic to the handicap drop-off point at the Deputy Commandant’s quarters.

Ramadan starts July 20  

July 20 marked an important day for Muslims all over the world, including those here at the Army War College.  In North America, Ramadan began on that day on sundown.

Ramadan is both the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, as well as the month in which Muslims observe the Fast of Ramadan. Observance of the Fast of Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam and is mandated by the Qur’an – Surah 2:183.

Ramadan is considered the holiest month of the Islamic year, regardless of faith or sect, according to Kadhim al-Waeli, cultural advisor for Multi-National Division - Baghdad.
"All Muslims respect Ramadan; they look to it as the month of mercy and generosity," he explained. "You cannot be true Muslim if you don't fast during Ramadan - it is one of the five pillars of Islam - you have to do it."

Here are so more facts about Ramadan that you may not have known:

  • Observant Muslims will fast for the entire month; the holiday is intended to increase self control in all aspects/areas of a Muslim’s life
  • Fasting (abstinence from food AND drink) during Ramadan occurs during daylight hours (sunrise to sunset) and Muslims will break their daily fasts during Iftar – the meal eaten immediately after sunset to break the fast, and will also eat a light meal (Sahur) about one half to one hour before dawn
  • The last ten days of Ramadan are considered to be highly blessed, especially the 27th night,
    • This night is also referred to as the Night of Power or the Night of Destiny
    •  It is believed that on this night that Prophet Muhammed (SAW) received the first revelation of the Qur’an
  • The celebration of the month long Fast of Ramadan concludes with a three day festival known as Eid al Fitr or Eid for short; the first night of Eid will be on Aug. 19.
  • For further information on Ramadan, visit


(Editor’s note: Information used in this story came from an release and was also provided by Adam L. Silverman, PhD; Culture and Foreign Language Advisor, at the USAWC)



Inside facts to help newcomers fit in fast

Moving is an arduous and complicated process. Leaving an old home to establish a new one is a difficult task for even the most seasoned of journeymen. One aspect in particular is getting acclimated to the new environment - new customs, rules and laws; as well as different services that are available. These inside facts will make the acclimation process to Carlisle Barracks easier and help to ease the transition from and old home to a new one.

ACS lending closet

    Donna Jones, Relocation Readiness Program manager, recommends that interested people call her at 245-3685 or 245-4357 first to see if the items needed are available. Otherwise, they can walk in anytime from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to see what the closet has available. In order to borrow an item however, you will need to bring a copy of your PCS status and work orders. The lending closet is located at 46 Ashburn Drive in Anne Ely Hall.

   Items available include:                                                                                              

  • Military lending kits (8, 6, and 4 piece set of dishes/pots and pans)
  • Chairs, cots, and tables
  • Irons and ironing boards
  • High chairs, play pens, strollers, and child safety gates
  • Vacuum cleaners and shampooers (48-hour loan)

 Vehicle registration

Everyone relocating to Carlisle Barracks with a privately owned vehicle is required to register it on post, regardless of whether or not they have registered it at another installation. This service is provided by the Provost Marshal's Office, located at 870 Jim Thorpe Road. A valid driver's license, military ID, current registration card with the name matching the name on the military ID, and proof of current insurance are all needed. Call (717) 245 -4972 for information

Incoming personnel new to Pennsylvania may also eventually have to register their POV in the state.  For a list of locations where this can be done, people are encouraged to visit the Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles web site at:  A "Locations Near You" link will take visitors to the list.  Forms and fact sheets relating to things such as "The Point System," and "Temporary Registration," online photo ID services, fee and license plate information, and a list of answers to frequently asked questions can also be found on the site.

RV Registration

Barracks Crossings Recreation Vehicle Storage Lot is a secure, fenced in lot with 24 hour access located behind the Skill Development Center, 870 Jim Thorpe Road, on Carlisle Barracks.  It consists of 48 parking slots. RV is defined to include truck campers, motorized RV's, campers, boats with trailers, utility trailers, horse trailers, etc. All must have validated licenses. Camper tops and canoes/kayaks without trailers are not accepted in the storage area.  Storage fees range from $240 per annum to $480. 

Barracks Crossings is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Gate guard schedule

Claremont Gate is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Ashburn gate is open Monday – Friday 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Ashburn gate is closed on weekends and all Federal holidays.

 Key post policies

  • Dogs are required to be under control on leashes at all times, regardless of where they're at on the installation.  All waste needs to be picked up by owners as well.
  • The speed limit on post is 15 miles per hour (5 in parking lots), because of narrow streets through housing areas and the large amount of children on post.
  • No motorcycle or moped may be registered or operated on Carlisle Barracks unless the operator has attended a motorcycle safety foundation course and possesses an MSF card. 
  • Also, motorcycle and moped riders are required to wear a Department of Transportation approved helmet, goggles or full- shield properly attached to helmet, full- fingered gloves, long trousers and a long sleeved shirt or jacket, and sturdy footwear, a brightly colored outer upper garment during the day and reflective upper garment during the night. 
  • For safety purposes, no swimming or wading is allowed in streams.  The LeTort Spring is a fast moving stream, and children and small animals can be carried away.
  • Trash and Recycling are picked up every Monday. Trash and recycling should be placed in their correct bins and placed on the curb.
  • Helmets are required to ride a bicycle on post.  Per Pennsylvania law, bikes should be ridden on the road going with the flow of traffic.

Hunting licenses

A hunting and fishing orientation will be held on Aug. 1, at 2 p.m. on the 2nd floor of Upton Hall. The briefings are presented by the Pennsylvania Game Commission, Boat and Fish Commission, Carlisle Rod & Gun Club and Letterkenny Army Depot Outdoor Director.

A hunter safety course instruction and exam for new students and their dependants (11 years or older) will be offered on Saturday, Aug. 4, 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Wil Washcoe Auditorium, Root Hall.  Students must pre-register with the State Fish and Game Commission and complete the online self paced training prior to attending the class.  The registration and training can be found at:

Weather or emergency operations policy

In the case of weather or other type of emergency on post, residents and employees will be notified in a variety of ways.

  • An email will be sent out to all post employees via their work accounts
  • The “giant voice” will sound an alarm.  If you here it, please check the Carlisle Barracks Banner at: information or check the Army War College Facebook page.
  • You can also call post operations at 245-3700
  • Your home, cell and office number will be called, notifying you of the emergency.

Chapel Services

Catholic Masses are Saturdays (Reconciliation Mass) at 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. (Catholic Mass), Sundays at 9:15 a.m., and Monday- Friday at noon. 

Protestant Services are also offered on Sundays at 11 a.m.  The Junior Youth of the Chapel meets Sundays from 4:30 to 17:45 p.m., and the Senior Youth of the Chapel meets on Sundays from 6 to 7:15 p.m.  

Jewish services are conducted at Milton B. Asbell Center for Jewish Life, 262 W. High Street on Friday evening at 1915 and Saturday morning at 1015. For information on Hebrew School or Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services, call 717-732-5005.

Islamic Jumu’ah Friday prayer services are held each Friday at 12:30 the Peace Center. The Chapel annex prayer room, room 21, is available for daily prayers.

 Eastern Orthodox Services are conducted atDivine Liturgy, 1000, Sundays, at Holy Trinity Cathedral, 1000 Yverdon Drive, Camp Hill. Phone 763-7441.

The post Chapel Vacation Bible School will be held from July 30 through August 3 daily from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. This year’s theme is Daniel’s Courage in Captivity. 

For further chapel information, call Debbie Teague at (717)-245-3318.  

Child Development Center

The Child Development Center offers several child care programs that reflect the Center's National Association for the Education of Young Children developmental approach to appropriate child care and are designed to meet the social, emotional, and developmental needs of all children, regardless of the length of time they spend in the Center. The Child Development Center is a NAEYC accredited program.

The center is open from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Fees for each care program are determined according to total family income.  Children must be registered with Child Development Services before care can be provided at the center. 

 Programs offered include full-day care, part-day care, and hourly care for children ages six weeks to five years (or six if they have not yet started kindergarten).

The CDC also offers the Carlisle Barracks Preschool Academy- A part-day pre-K class for children ages 3 to 4.  Classes are held Monday-Friday 8:15 - 11:15 a.m. Lesson plans are developed based on individual needs and parent participation is encouraged.

Further information can be obtained by contacting the Family Child Care Director's office located in the Child Development Center or by calling 245-3701.

 Health Care

Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic offers routine and same- day acute care appointments to both Soldiers and their family members Monday through Wed. and Friday vfrom 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The clinic is closed Thursday afternoons.

The Dunham Army Health Clinic has added a convenient feature to help improve service to the community. If you are outside the local dialing area for Carlisle, you can now access the clinic by using a toll free number 1-877-787-2569. 

This number will connect you with the clinic appointment line (717) 245-3400) and provide you options to be transferred throughout the clinic, including the option of scheduling appointments. 

 Dunham is essentially an outpatient, family practice clinic with no emergency services.  Anyone in need of emergency medical care is urged to dial 911.  If an ambulance is not needed, the Emergency Room is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  The hospital is located at 361 Alexander Spring Road in Carlisle and can be reached at (717) 249-1212.

Newcomers are reminded to enroll themselves and their family members and into this TRICARE region if new to it.  This can be done at the clinic's Patient Service Center from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday.  Health Benefits Advisors are also available to assist incoming families with any medically related relocation needs they may have.

For more information about clinic operations, call 245-3400.  You can also stop by the clinic and pick up a handbook of services or visit their website at

 Commissary and Exchange Hours

·         The Commissary is open Tuesday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays 11 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Commissary is closed on Mondays and Federal Holidays.

·         The Exchange is open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Recreational Facilities on Post

·         Thorpe Hall (Gym): Open Monday through Friday 5 a.m. - 8: 30 p.m., Saturdays 7 a.m. to 5p.m., Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m, and holidays 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.  For information on fitness classes and schedules contact the gym at 245-3418.

·         Strike Zone Bowling Center: Open Monday through Thursday 8:30a.m. to 8p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday 1 to 7 p.m. and closed on Sundays.

·         Post Golf Course: Is open Daily Dawn to Dusk (seasonally)

·         Splash Zone (Post Pool): Open daily 11a.m.-12 p.m. for lap swimming and 12 to 7 p.m. for open swimming. Located behind the LVCC (seasonally).  Day and monthly passes are still available.  Day passes cost $3 for children age 6-17 and adults over 65, and $4 for adults.  Children  5 and under are free.  The pool will close for the season after Labor Day.

Important Post Phone Numbers

     A complete list of phone numbers and hours of operation for various Carlisle Barracks organizations and activities can be found at

Army Substance Abuse Program – 245-4576
What parents need to know about college drinking                      

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

A Snapshot of Annual High-Risk College Drinking Consequences

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

  • Death: 1,825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including motor vehicle crashes (Hingson et al., 2009).
  • Injury: 599,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are unintentionally injured under the influence of alcohol (Hingson et al., 2009).
  • Assault: 696,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are assaulted by another student who has been drinking (Hingson et al., 2009).
  • Sexual Abuse: 97,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape (Hingson et al., 2009).
  • Unsafe Sex:400,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 had unprotected sex and more than 100,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 report having been too intoxicated to know if they consented to having sex (Hingson et al., 2002).
  • Academic Problems:About 25 percent of college students report academic consequences of their drinking including missing class, falling behind, doing poorly on exams or papers, and receiving lower grades overall (Engs et al., 1996; Presley et al., 1996a,1996b; Wechsler et al., 2002).
  • Health Problems/Suicide Attempts:More than 150,000 students develop an alcohol-related health problem (Hingson et al., 2002), and between 1.2 and 1.5 percent of students indicate that they tried to commit suicide within the past year due to drinking or drug use (Presley et al., 1998).
  • Drunk Driving:3,360,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 drive under the influence of alcohol (Hingson et al., 2009).
  • Vandalism:About 11 percent of college student drinkers report that they have damaged property while under the influence of alcohol (Wechsler et al., 2002).
  • Property Damage:More than 25 percent of administrators from schools with relatively low drinking levels and over 50 percent from schools with high drinking levels say their campuses have a "moderate" or "major" problem with alcohol-related property damage (Wechsler et al., 1995).
  • Police Involvement:About 5 percent of 4-year college students are involved with the police or campus security as a result of their drinking (Wechsler et al., 2002), and  110,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are arrested for an alcohol-related violation such as public drunkenness or driving under the influence (Hingson et al., 2002).
  • Alcohol Abuse and Dependence:31 percent of college students met criteria for a diagnosis of alcohol abuse and 6 percent for a diagnosis of alcohol dependence in the past 12 months, according to questionnaire-based self-reports about their drinking (Knight et al., 2002).

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

  • Pay special attention to your son’s or daughter’s experiences and activities during the crucial first 6 weeks on campus. With a great deal of free time, many students initiate heavy drinking during these early days of college, and the potential exists for excessive alcohol consumption to interfere with successful adaptation to campus life. You should know that about one-third of first-year students fail to enroll for their second year.
  • Find out if there is a program during orientation that educates students about campus policies related to alcohol use. If there is one, attend with your son or daughter, or at least be familiar with the name of the person who is responsible for campus counseling programs.
  • Inquire about and make certain you understand the college’s “parental notification” policy.
  • Call your son or daughter frequently during the first 6 weeks of college.
  • Inquire about their roommates, the roommates’ behavior, and how disagreements are settled or disruptive behavior dealt with.
  • Make sure that your son or daughter understands the penalties for underage drinking, public drunkenness, using a fake ID, driving under the influence, assault, and other alcohol-related offenses. Indicate to them that you have asked the college/university to keep you informed of infractions to school alcohol policies. (for alcohol policies on college campuses see
  • Make certain that they understand how alcohol use can lead to date rape, violence, and academic failure.
  • Stay actively involved in the life of your child.

Thomas Zimmerman, Public Affairs
International Fellows start Army War College year

 Lt. Col. Spero Gouchola, from Benin, holds the baseball he threw out as the first pitch at a Harrisburg Senators game as part of their orientation program. The 71 international officers in the Army War College Class of 2013 will study, learn and live alongside their US peers during the 10-month course.


July 19, 2012-- 71 international officers have already begun their Army War College year, where they will read, study and share their own unique experiences alongside their U.S. counterparts as members of the USAWC Class of 2013.

New this year are officers from Benin, Armenia, Vietnam, and Kyrgyzstan.

Students from Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Austria Australia, Bangladesh, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria,, Burkina Faso, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Egypt, , El Salvador, Estonia Ethiopia, Finland France, Germany, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Republic of Korea, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and  Zambia, round out the group.

“The International Fellows are a major asset to the Army War College in that they bring an amount of international perspective that no other institution of this type can offer,” said Col. John Burbank, IF program director.  “With 71 IFs from 67 different nations enrolled in the resident course, the USAWC can offer its students the benefit of being able to draw upon the views and perspectives from highly successful and experienced officers from every corner of the world.”

The officers are commonly the most experienced and near the top of their nation’s armies.

The IFs learn more about the city of Carlisle during a recent visit to the Borough Offices.

“Well over half of our IF class will become general officers in their nation's armed forces or are currently general officers right now,” said Burbank. “A significant number will become Army Chief of Staff, or Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff equivalents.”

The inclusion of the international officers in the course has a significant pay-off for the IFs and their U.S. counterparts, according to Burbank.

“Not only will our U.S. future leaders learn a great deal from our IFs during the year of their study at Carlisle, but both sides have the opportunity to build relationships that will likely serve them well in their future duties as senior military leaders.”

Before the fellows begin their studies, an orientation program helps them adjust not only to life at Carlisle Barracks, but to the U.S. as well. Guest speakers tackle topics ranging from working with the media to driving laws in Pa., all designed to make their and their families transitions easier.

“The first two weeks are dedicated toward getting the IFs situated into the Army War College structure. This is an incredible process as we integrate them into U.S. and Army society from the ground up by getting them identification and building access badges, creating information technology accounts, coordinating for them to get temporary social security numbers, and integrating them into the medical system.”

“This has been a great program to get us adjusted to living in Carlisle,” said Lt. Col. Dabbous Aldasam from Kuwait. “This orientation not only helps you learn more about where you’ll be studying and living, it helps introduce you to the American way of life.”

“It’s been a great experience and the Army War College course hasn’t even started yet,” said Brig. Gen. Yahya Alqahtani, from Saudi Arabia. “I believe the education we will receive here will only benefit us in the future.”

The students not only learn from the speakers and USAWC faculty, trips to Washington D.C. and Philadelphia all provide them with an understanding of the responsibilities of the U.S. governments, militaries, and citizens and an understanding of US society, institutions and ideals.

“We accomplish this through visits to activities at all levels of US Government, visits to private industry, health and human services establishments, institutions of higher learning, and cultural activities. We visit the Carlisle Borough and Cumberland Country government offices, the Boeing Company, the Hershey Medical Center, the Milton Hershey School, and Fort Indiantown Gap,” said Burbank. “We also incorporate classes on subjects such as the American media and conduct visits that highlight diversity in the U.S. way of life, such as visiting the Amish in Lancaster County and a Native American tribe later in the year.”

The orientation got hands on during a recent softball practice.

But the orientation wasn’t all work; the IFs also took some time to learn more about a famous USAWC past-time, softball during a series of practices and a night at a Senators game where Lt. Col. Spero Gouchola, from Benin, threw out the first pitch.

“It was quite an experience, one I will never forget,” he said.

The International Fellows Program dates to 1978.  The program has expanded this decade from 40 Fellows per class to the 71 Fellows in the Class of 2013.

Wounded Warriors Family Support--High Five Tour 2012 will make its way through Carlisle


  The Wounded Warriors Family Support 3rd Annual High Five Tour 2012 will make its way through Carlisle on Friday, July 20 between 2:30-4:30 p.m.

  This road trip across America in a 2012 Shelby Mustang GT-500 "Super Snake" raises awareness for wounded Warriors. 

  For more information on this event visit their website:

U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center closes Gallery to prepare for state-of-the-art Exhibit


  Changes are coming to the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC)!

  On July 30, 2012, the main exhibit gallery at the center will close for three months as preparations are made to prepare to “load-in” the new permanent immersive and interactive exhibit, “The Soldier Experience.” 

  The new exhibit will open in the Visitor and Education Center on November 9, 2012.  The gallery will feature interactive exhibits and immersive displays that highlight some of the best Soldier's stories found in the USAHEC collection.  The exhibit will encompass the Army’s history from the Spanish American War through current operations with stories of Soldiers from all parts of the Army, at home and abroad, in combat and in support. 

  Removal of the current exhibit will begin on July 30, 2012.  Installation of the new exhibit will begin sometime in mid-August and continue through November 9, 2012, for the Grand Re-opening. 

  The main gallery will be closed during this period of transition, but "behind the scenes" tours will be offered periodically.  Continue to check the website for tour dates and times.

  The other exhibits, "America's Last Five Star General:  General of the Army Omar N. Bradley" and "Understanding War Through Imagery:  The Civil War in American Memory," will remain open throughout the construction period.  

  Follow the USAHEC website for updates on the progress of the new exhibit and future plans.

  For more information, call 717-245-3972 or visit



Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs
Distance Class of 2012 comes to Carlisle for last resident session

Members of the Army War College Distance Education Class of 2012 listen to author Rick Atkinson speak in Bliss Hall July 18. The 349-member class came to Carlisle Barracks July 16 for their final resident course. Their studies will culminate with a graduation ceremony July 27 at 9 a.m. Photo by Tyler Davis.

July 19, 2012 -- Two years spent behind computers screens, posting on messages boards and doing required readings while on vacation with the family have finally paid off as the Distance Education Class of 2012 reported to Carlisle Barracks for their final resident course July 16.

The 349-member class will officially wrap up their studies with a graduation ceremony at 9 a.m. on July 27, but before then are guest speakers like Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Talley, Chief of the Army Reserve, Rick Atkinson, and Dr. Paul Stockton, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Americas’ Security Affairs.

The keynote address featured Maj. Gen. Ziyai, a senior Afghanistan national Army officer, and Brig. Gen. Jamshed, a senior Afghanistan police officer. 

“They discussed in great detail some of the issues and challenges that are still facing Afghanistan, some of which I really hadn’t considered before,” said Lt. Col. David Matthew.

A session featuring Talley, and Brig, Gen. William Roy, Deputy Director, Operations, Readiness and Mobilization for the National Guard, discussed strategic challenges facing the Army Reserve and National Guard and what these futures leaders will need to know to be successful in the future.  

“You will need to get outside your comfort zone,” said Talley, a Class of 2003 USAWC grad. “Get an assignment that will force you to be a broader leader. That’s what happened to me and I’m a better leader for it.” 

Roy focused his remarks on the full spectrum of challenges that face our nation and military as it comes out of a decade of war.

“The future force will face a full spectrum of challenges,” he said. “You need to be prepared to deal with everything from unconventional, asymmetric enemies to the new threats of cyber and space.”

Students in the class spoke about how the program has help mold and in some cases, change their way of thinking.

“The biggest lesson I have learned through this course is the importance of perspective,” said Todd Wheeler, who works for the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency. “Most times we only consider our own perspective but in my seminar I have 16 different perspectives that each brings their own unique view to a particular issue. This course has helped teach not what to think, but how to think.”

In addition to the guest speakers and seminar discussions, the students will take part in the Commandant’s National Security Program, the capstone event of the program. 66 civilian guests are invited to attend the program and are integrated into USAWC student seminars. 

Each day includes a guest speaker or a panel presentation and a general theme for discussion like the media impact and academic perspectives on national security strategy development and implementation, the challenges of civil-military relations, the role of domestic politics in national security, globalization, foreign policy, and international security issues. 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.

The students and the guests will also take part in a Gettysburg staff ride in order to better understand what happened, why it happened, and what could be learned and applied to future strategic issues. 

While here at Carlisle Barracks, the students are also able to take advantage of the new Army Wellness Center. Using state-of-the-art technology the staff takes readings on body composition, bio metrics, cardio vascular fitness and body fat  percentage. The results are then used to develop a personalized fitness regiment including general nutrition and a dietary plan. After students leave Carlisle Barracks and return to their normal duty stations they will be able to maintain contact with the Wellness Center via Defense Connect Online to provide updates on fitness progress and overall health and wellness.

Christine Yuengert, Military Family Program
‘Dress for success’ workshop slated for Aug. 7

The Dress for Success Workshop, sponsored by the USAWC Military Family Program, will be presented Aug. 7 in Bliss Hall Auditorium. There will be two sessions offered: 8:30-10:30 a.m. and 1 -3 p.m., for both men and women.

A corporate image consultant will present examples of professional wardrobe for men and women, dressing “rich” on a small budget, and techniques for selecting the appropriate attire for any occasion.  The consultant will display and explain business, business casual and casual attire; how to dress for your body type; and will offer quality, cost, and buying tips.  When embarking on a second career or interacting with the business or civilian community, a professional image is paramount. Of the initial impressions we give and receive, one of the strongest is our outward appearance.

This workshop is open to the USAWC Resident class, their spouses and college age children as well as the entire Carlisle Barracks community.  For further information, contact the Military Family Program office at 245-4787 or

Distance Education Class of 2012 – How to find graduation photos, videos and how to stay connected


Friday, July 27

Photos of every graduate, award winners and the guest speaker will be posted after the graduation ceremony at

A selection of photos from the ceremony will also be posted on the USAWC Facebook page,

A highlight video of the graduation that will include the award winners, guest speakers and a selection of graduates at


Tuesday July31

Videos of each every student receiving their diplomas, separated by seminar at


After graduation, other ways to stay connected are available to you

Army War College homepage

The first and greatest place to keep up on Army War College news and events is the USAWC homepage, located at Updated regularly; the site showcases the latest USAWC news, conference, studies and other important events.



One of the easiest ways to stay connected is to become a follower on Facebook. Simply go to and you’ll see the latest news and events. The best part is you don’t even need an account to see the newest postings.

However if you’d like to have them delivered straight to you, log into your exiting Facebook account and click “Like” on the top right corner of the USAWC page. After that, all of the latest postings from our page will appear directly on your News Feed.



Want to stay on top of what the USAWC and its institutes are publishing, the latest alumni news and more? Then follow us on Twitter @ArmyWarCollege



Another valuable resource are the lectures from guest speakers and conferences available at the USAWC YouTube page, best part is that you don’t even have to register for an account to see the latest videos, just visit the page to see the newest videos, all sorted by event.

Katie E. Nelson, Army News Service
DoD releases list of do’s, don’ts for military voters

With election season fast approaching, the Department of Defense published a set of guidelines for military personnel detailing what’s allowed and what’s restricted when participating in political activities.
The four-page DOD memorandum, signed by Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter, opens with an urging to servicemembers to vote and exercise their civic ability. However, the document also cautions military personnel about how their public behavior could reflect positively or negatively on the military.
“Generally, all servicemembers are prohibited from acting in any manner that gives rise to the inference of approval or endorsement of candidates for political office by DOD or the U.S. military,” the memo stated.
The document cites wearing a military uniform while taking part in political activism as an example of violating the rules because it implies military endorsement. Also included in the list of prohibited activities is holding a leadership position in a political club; running for civil office; posting large signs on a privately owned vehicle; or officially representing the armed forces at a political event.
“All military personnel shall avoid any activity that may be contrary to the spirit or intent of the directive,” the memo stated.
In addition to specifying which actions are considered unfavorable, there are also a number of guidelines explaining allowable behavior for military personnel. These include:
• voting
• giving personal political opinions unaffiliated with the military
• becoming a member of a political club
• posting a political bumper sticker on a privately-owned vehicle
• donating money to a political party
The memo further explains that these are not all-inclusive rules, but are more of a broad set of parameters meant to illustrate acceptable and unacceptable actions. Exceptions and more in-depth regulations can be found in the hyperlinks attached to the document.
The [record] does not constitute a complete listing of permissible or impermissible activities,” according to the memo. “Reference to the specific language of DOD Directive 1344.10 [Guidance for Military Personnel] is appropriate in all instances.”
The document also addresses more complicated matters regarding political activity, such as social media. According to Public Affairs Guidance for Political Campaigns and Elections, a document linked to the memo, service members may express their personal opinions via social media, as long as they do not tie those views to the DOD.
In addition, the memorandum outlines guidelines for federal employees concerning what the Hatch Act allows and doesn’t when it comes to political activities.
The release of the document was intended to clarify the boundaries regarding political activity among military personnel, officials said. While it is not a comprehensive list, they said service-members and employees are expected to abide by the standards and exercise judgment in making decisions.

USAWC grads, Fellows in the news  

Maj. Gen. Anthony G. Crutchfield, commanding general, Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker, Fort Rucker, Ala., to chief of staff, U.S. Pacific Command, Camp H. M. Smith, Hawaii.

Maj. Gen. Patrick J. Donahue II, deputy chief of Staff, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., to commanding general, U.S. Army Africa/Southern European Task Force, Italy.

Maj. Gen. Raymond A. Thomas III, deputy commander, Joint Special Operations Command, U.S. Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, N.C., to commander, Special Operations Joint Task Force-Afghanistan/North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Special Operations Component Command-Afghanistan, Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan.

Maj. Gen. Michael S. Tucker, to assistant deputy chief of staff, G-3/5/7, U.S. Army, Washington, D.C.  He most recently served as commanding general, 2nd Infantry Division, Eighth U.S. Army, Republic of Korea.

Maj Gen. David R. Hogg, U.S. Army, for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and for assignment as U.S. military representative to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Military Committee, Belgium.  Hogg is currently serving as commanding general, U.S. Army Africa/U.S. Army Southern European Task Force, Italy.

Brig. Gen. Edward P. Donnelly Jr., deputy commanding general, support, Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan, Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan, to director, business operations, Office of Business Transformation, Office of the Secretary of the Army, Washington, D.C.

Former USAWC Fellow Brig. Gen. Billy Don Farris II, director of future plans, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan, to deputy commanding general, 7th Infantry Division, Joint Base-Lewis McChord, Wash.

Brig. Gen. Jonathan A. Maddux, program executive officer, ammunition/commanding general, Picatinny Arsenal, Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., to deputy commanding general, support, Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan, Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan.

Brig. Gen. John J. McGuiness, deputy commanding general, U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command/senior commander, Natick Soldier System Center, Natick, Mass., to program executive officer, Ammunition/commanding eneral, Picatinny Arsenal, Picatinny Arsenal, N.J.

Col. Jeffrey M. Sanborn named Fort Bragg garrison commander

2008 Army War College graduate Col. Perry Clark recently handed over garrison command of Fort Campbell, Kentucky to 2010 Army War College Fellow Col. David L. Dellinger.

2012 USAWC grad Col. Christopher Reed takes command of Regional Support Command-South from former USAWC Col. Richard “Flip” Wilson.

Harmony Hall road closure July 17-20

 Beginning, July 17 - 20, 2012, Harmony Hall Road near Carlisle Barracks will be closed for drainage repair. The road closure will be from 6 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Ann Marie Wolf, Carlisle Barracks Army Substance Abuse Program

Summer Sense – 101 Days of Summer


“Alcohol, Medications and Older People”– information provided by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, alcohol education, LCB-242 0511


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.


85% 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 existing problems worse, sometimes life-threatening or even cause new complications 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.


Prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications can increase or intensify the effects of alcohol. Bad reactions ranging from minor to severe can occur. Tranquilizers, sleeping pills, pain killers, and antihistamines can be especially dangerous or even fatal when combined with alcohol.


A dangerous mix.


When alcohol is consumed in combination with drugs or herbals it 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 susceptible to heat stress, heat stroke, and dehydration.


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 a person’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.


Determine the reason behind his or her drinking.


Is your loved one is ignoring the potential dangers of mixing alcohol and drugs – or drinking more alcohol than before? If so, help your loved one take an honest look at why his or her drinking 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 this difficult time.


One way that you can help is to become more involved in your loved one’s life and daily routines. You can also help your loved one find new activities to enjoy and occupy his or her time.


 Remember to look for any changes in your loved one’s 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 share your concerns 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:






Carlisle Barracks conducts Force Protection Exercise

By Tyler Davis

On a seemingly average Thursday, 11 men and women were arriving to Carlisle Barracks amid the normal traffic of students and post employees. Instead of heading to an office, they donned body armor and tactical gear, loaded weapons, and boarded a heavily armored assault vehicle. The Cumberland County Special Response Team had arrived on scene.

Left: Dave Geller, Clinical RN, conducts an assesment of one of the victims during the exercise.

The simulated emergency scenario involving a Carlisle school district bus was an exercise concept developed by post emergency planners with their counterparts in local, regional and federal law enforcement. The exercise tested the relationships and emergency plans of Carlisle Barracks and local county law enforcement entities. The end result is a keener sense of how to quickly create a tight, well communicated, working relationship in an emergency.

“We are looking for upfront guidance so we can respond the correct way to real emergency situations,” said Barry Farquhar director of Plans, Training, Mobilization, and Security at Carlisle Barracks. “The exercise helps to identify issues that we need to improve on and the things we are doing right.”

The exercise planners created a simulated situation for which all of the installation law enforcement and first responder partners would take part – from the early identification of the problem through negotiations with the ‘bad guy.’ In addition the simulation exercised coordination with the school district, the local hospital, and planning for how to meet the information needs of post families.

“These are the things we need to think about now,” said Michele Parsons, Emergency Management Training Coordinator for Cumberland County. “We need to start communicating now so we are ready when emergency situations happen for real.”

Emergency planners and exercise coordinators also worked closely with Carlisle Area School District in developing and planning a response for the unlikely event of an emergency involving a district school bus.

Right: Victims are evaluated and transported depending on the severity of their wounds.

Organizations from both the Carlisle Barracks and Cumberland County supported the exercise contributing to intelligence, communications, medical assistance, relief efforts and support for the officers on the ground.

“The participation of the wide span of partners was outstanding,” said Elaine Leist, Deputy Garrison Commander. “That participation was the ‘T’ in ‘Team’ today.”

Cumberland County participated with its Public Safety Office, Special Reaction Team and Cumberland Goodwill fire rescue and EMS.

Carlisle Barracks Police, Guards, Fire, CID, Crisis Management Team and Dunham Army Health Clinic participated alongside Cumberland County, the Department of Justice and the FBI.

In addition to their own internal observers, a team of emergency managers from West Point, New York and Ft. Dietrick, Md., also participated in the event as evaluators.

“It’s very important to stress training and the relationships with your surrounding community,” said Joe Colombo, director of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Safety at West Point.  “This stuff isn’t easy but you work very well with your partners in the area.”

The force protection exercise is an annual training event held on Carlisle Barracks to maintain strong communication and working relationships with the surrounding community. Carlisle Barracks has agreements with local and county law enforcement and emergency organizations to share resources and assist each other in the event of disaster or emergency.

“The most important thing is to fortify the relationship with the Barracks and the Barracks community,” said Megan Silverstrim, Cumberland County Public Information Officer. “It provides open discourse in the event of emergencies where both county and Barracks resources

  McClellan vs. Lee:  A Civil War expert gives a fresh perspective
  Come experience one of the most storied rivalries between titans of the American Civil War. 
  On July 18, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) will feature a fresh and exciting look at the violent relationship between Gen. George McClellan and Gen. Robert E. Lee.  Dr. Ethan Rafuse, an elite U.S. Army historian specializing in Civil War scholarship, will present a lecture entitled, “We Always Understood Each Other so Well:” McClellan, Lee, and the War in the East.
  The Civil War in Northern Virginia in 1862 was the stage for a grand confrontation between the two very different generals’ distinctly different armies.  At the beginning, Robert E. Lee languished in relative obscurity, while George McClellan commanded the Union war effort like a colossus.  By June, McClellan had led his Army of the Potomac to the proverbial gates of Richmond and ultimate victory for the Union seemed within sight.  Lee, new commander of the Army of Northern Virginia turned the tables and struck back, confounding McClellan and his staff.  By the middle of September, Lee carried the war to the outskirts of Washington and then across the Potomac River into Maryland before McClellan managed to turn back the Confederate tide at the bloodiest battle of the war, Antietam.
  Dr. Rafuse will look at both of these commanders and explore the differences between their approaches to the war to explain how their bout colored the rest of 1862 and cast a long shadow over the entire war.  Ethan S. Rafuse earned his Ph.D. in history and political science at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and served as a National Park Ranger at the Manassas National Battlefield and Harry S. Truman National Historic Site. 
  As one of America’s foremost Civil War historians, he taught military history at the United States Military Academy at West Point and since 2004 has been a member of the faculty at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, where he is a professor of military history.  Dr. Rafuse has written and edited several books, including McClellan's War: The Failure of Moderation in the Struggle for the Union, Robert E. Lee and the Fall of the Confederacy, 1863-1865, and the forthcoming Army War College Guide to the Richmond and Petersburg Campaign of 1864-65.
  The lecture will be presented, free of charge, on July 18 at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, Pa.  The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the lecture, along with questions, answers, and book signing, will last until about 9 p.m. 
  The Army Heritage Center Foundation Museum Store will be open and will feature their popular used book sale as well as signed copies of Dr. Rafuse’s book.  Parking is free, and the Café Cumberland will open to serve coffee and snacks.  For more information, call 717-245-3972 or visit

 International Fellows' spouses  attend welcome tea 
by Suzanne Reynolds, PAO
 International Fellows' Spouses attend welcome tea on July 10 sponsored by the Carlisle Barracks Spouses' Club at Quarters 3.
Photo by Suzanne Reynolds
  French, Arabic, Spanish and English were just a few of the languages spoken in a welcome tea for International Fellows’ spouses.
  The Carlisle Barracks Spouses’ Club sponsored the event at Quarters 3 on July 10.
  Linda Markley, club president, used the welcome event to inform the spouses of club activities that will take place throughout the year, such as:  a fashion show, bingo, holiday dessert auction, trips, and more.
  “You add so much to our group each year,” said Markley.
  “We will grow and learn from each of you,” said USAWC Commandant, Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo’s spouse, Ginger Cucolo, honorary club president, who also thanked the ladies for coming to the welcome tea and wished them a wonderful year.
  While many of the spouses find Carlisle small, they are looking forward to their year here. 
  “I like it here very much because I like it quiet,” said Kholoud Maaitah, from Jordan.  “The people here are very kind,” said Maaitah who is greeted by her neighbors during her daily walks.
  Minna Hirvonen, from Finland, has a goal to achieve while she is living here—fox hunting, something they do not have in Finland.
  “This will also be a great opportunity for me to learn how to ride and take care of my own horse when I return to Finland,” she said.
  Ilona Nagle, from Latvia, said she was impressed with the architecture in Carlisle.
  This will be her fourth year in the United States since they recently moved from Norfolk, where her husband was assigned as a national representative of NATO for three years. 
  “I remember when I first came to Virginia,” said Nagle.  “I couldn’t speak any English and because of this I didn’t want to do anything on my own.” 
  She assured her fellow spouses, who were not confident of their English skills, that they would become more proficient during their year here.
  The USAWC Class of 2013 will include 71 International Fellows and their families from 67 different countries who will live in the greater Carlisle community.

See something suspicious? Go here to report it on the Carlisle Barracks iWatch

What is it?

The Army’s antiterrorism (AT) program protects personnel, information, property, and facilities in all locations and situations against terrorist activities. To prepare for long-term success the Army must embed AT awareness, training, leader development, and education across the force. That level of awareness and vigilance is our most certain defense against terrorist attack.

Why is it important to the Army?

Antiterrorism awareness empowers the entire Army (units, leaders, Soldiers, DA civilians, families, and contractors) to take prevention measures and serve as “sensors” which extend the overall protection posture of the force.

What is the Army doing?

iWATCH Army: iWATCH Army is a nation-wide modern version of the neighborhood watch program focused on the threat of terrorist activity. iWATCH Army is designed to heighten public awareness to the indicators of terrorist activity and encourage reporting of suspicious activity to Military Police or local law enforcement for investigation.

Field Manual 3-37.2 (Antiterrorism): published in February 2011, this manual provides AT doctrinal guidance, establishes AT principles, and integrates AT into the operations process.

Antiterrorism Awareness Month: The purpose of AT Awareness Month is to instill Army-wide heightened awareness and vigilance to prevent and protect Army critical resources from acts of terrorism. In support of AT awareness month and other initiatives, the Department of the Army, Office of the Provost Marshal General (OPMG) developed numerous AT products and tools to support the field. These products are available on the Army OPMG Antiterrorism Enterprise Portal (on AKO). The OPMG (AT Branch) will establish an AT information booth in the Pentagon from August 1-3, 2011, while Army commands will establish their own ways of observing AT Awareness Month.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

Other on-going initiatives include:
• Implementation of a DoD revised terrorist threat reporting system - "eGuardian"
• Development of a Standalone Facilities Antiterrorism Handbook
• Continued integration of AT into the Army Protection Program


AKO log-in required:
Army Antiterrorism Enterprise Portal (ATEP) and iWATCH Army

iSALUTE (Counterintelligence Reporting Portal)

Related article:
August brings Army's second anti-terrorism awareness month

Carlisle Baracks to host Force Protection Exercise July 12

A Force Protection Exercise will be held on Carlisle Barracks, Thursday, July 12.  This may cause a delay at the gates and traffic disruptions on Post. 

USAWC hosts Combined/Joint Force Land Component Commander Course

By G.K. Cunningham


Gen. Lloyd Austin, Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, was one of the guest speakers during a recent Combined/ Joint Forces Land Component Commander Course held at the Army War College.


On July 23-27, the U.S. Army War College again hosts the Combined/Joint Force Land Component Commander course, or C/JFLCC course. The program is held three times annually in Collins Hall at Carlisle Barracks.

In June 2003, the Chief of Staff of the Army directed a strategic leader professional military education program be developed to build upon the very positive results of Army-Marine cooperation in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. The pilot C/JFLCC course was successfully completed in February 2004. “This course is the 25th course to be held at Carlisle Barracks and represents the U.S. Army War College’s contribution to the education and development of general and flag officers as strategic leaders,” says Deborah Knowles, the course’s program manager.

The mission of the program is to prepare senior officers to function effectively as C/JFLCC commanders in joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational environments. Each course is seminar based, limited to 16 general officers or executive leaders from the U.S. Armed Forces, coalition partners, and often the Department of State. The course is designed for corps and division commanders and deputy/assistant commanders, and commanders of equivalent theater-level joint or service commands. The selected commanders will need to plan, prepare for, and execute land-centric military campaigns that provide coalition commanders with capabilities to achieve policy objectives through unified land operations. The mid-year session is multinational in scope, with increased participation by general and flag officers from current and potential coalition partners.

This seminar-based course challenges general and flag officers to examine the key elements of developing and executing land component command functions at the theater level in support of joint force commanders and in conjunction with air, maritime, and special operations functional commands. Retired General David D. McKiernan guides an examination of Operation Iraqi Freedom as a primary case study which explores the challenges of commanding unified land operations. Other current operations and theater-level political-military subjects are also addressed. The course also includes a rigorous small-group exercise that challenges the attendees to devise solutions and issue guidance on deploying, forming, controlling, protecting, operating, and sustaining a combined and joint land command at the theater and operational level of war.

The exercise sessions and discussions are guided by senior advisors, who are retired general officers who served previously as theater-level joint and combined commanders. These highly qualified experts provide experience-based mentoring, teaching, and advice to the multinational participants throughout the course.

The C/JFLCC course remains centered on landpower to serve the U.S. Army War College mission of educating strategic leaders for the wise and effective application of national power. This mission is timeless. As historian T. R. Fehrenbach so eloquently pointed out in his masterpiece on the 20th century Korean conflict, This Kind of War, “You may fly over a land forever; you may bomb it, atomize it, pulverize it, and wipe it clean if life?but if you desire to defend it, protect it, and keep it for civilization, you must do this on the ground, the way the Roman legions did.”

The Army War College is uniquely postured to develop the strategic commanders who will provide leadership to influence human activity in the domain where people dwell, where their business is conducted, and where their values are maintained?the land. The course covers a full range of issues related to landpower, from the mere presence of Soldiers on the ground to the employment of a wide range of kinetic and nonkinetic actions and lethal and nonlethal weapons.

As the role of joint and combined land forces changes to match different threats and military environments, the course adapts to include pertinent and timely military topics. Over past C/JFLCC courses, the United States and its coalition partners have concentrated on fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, both of which transformed into counterinsurgency and stability operations. As these conflicts transition, the U.S. Army looks ahead to fulfilling a broader range of missions, and CJFLCC course content is changing to address the pragmatic application of landpower in any theater and in any emerging operating environment. Future C/JFLCC commanders must be prepared to deter and defeat aggression in new and unanticipated areas of operations, preserving strategic initiative despite antiaccess and area denial challenges. Even as the course adapts to include operating effectively in cyberspace, it returns to issues that confronted U.S. and coalition forces in Operation Iraq Freedom, in setting the theater without preset mission command and in-place logistics infrastructure.

The C/JFLCC course will take on an even greater importance in the coming decade. U.S. Army Chief of Staff General Raymond T. Odierno declared in the 2012 Army Strategic Planning Guidance that “the United States, and the Army, confronts an increasingly complex environment and an uncertain future.” He pointed out that “operational adaptability requires appropriately managing and developing the leaders the Army needs to face future challenges.” Through the Combined/Joint Force Land Component Commander course, the U.S Army War College continues to work proactively to accomplish that goal. “The C/JFLCC program is a great course that expanded my professional relationships and broadened my perspectives. This week allowed me to challenge the way I look at problem sets and confirm what I know?and don’t know,” said a recent graduate.

A Soldier’s story of defying death in WWII new part of AHEC collection

by Gregory Clark, USAHEC


As the new class arrives at the U.S. Army War College, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center wants to introduce them to our facility and our resources and services available to them and the public. Our motto is “Telling the Army story, one Soldier at a time” and we live this motto by preserving the U.S. Army’s heritage and sharing the stories of Soldiers from Privates through Five Star Generals-- exciting stories like Staff Sergeant Lashinky’s experiences as a tail gunner in WWII.

Staff Sergeant Lashinsky served as a tail gunner on a Consolidated B-24 Liberator and not only had to bail out of his plane twice, but he and his fellow crew flew four different planes during the war. They lost the first on the runway in Tunisia in January 1944, when the landing gear fell off while landing, destroying the plane beyond repair. On an October 1944 bombing mission of an oil refinery in Poland, an engine failed mid-flight. They reached their destination and completed the mission, but couldn’t maintain altitude on the return trip. Forced to bail out before reaching the mountain ranges of the Alps, they landed in Bosnia. Partisan forces led by Marshal Tito picked the men up and safely brought the crew back to their airbase in Italy.

The crew lost another B-24 on a mission to Vienna, Austria in February 1945 to bomb a railroad marshaling yard. After successfully dropping their bombs, the plane took anti-aircraft fire and was directly hit by enemy flak. The flak, thought to be an unexploded German 88 shell, ripped the Plexiglas dome off the top turret and left a gaping hole behind the pilot. The B-24 struggled, but successfully made its way back to Italy, though it was eventually scrapped.

Staff Sergeant Lashinsky’s final mission nearly killed him. Sent to bomb the Floridsdorf oil refinery in Vienna, Austria on March 12, 1945, the crew successfully dropped their payload before taking intense enemy anti-aircraft fire. This time the enemy was successful in critically damaging the plane’s No. 4 engine. Continuing to take enemy fire from German fighters, the pilot determined returning to Italy was not feasible for the B-24 crew. They jettisoned weight, including their guns, to stay at altitude and set course towards a Soviet airfield in Pecs, Hungary. Unfortunately, a piece of equipment tossed from the plane hit the radar and made navigation impossible. Once the navigators determined they had likely reached Pecs, the pilot started a spiral decent but found the runway nowhere in sight. Unarmed and still taking fire from enemy fighters, the pilot ordered a bail out. Taking fire while parachuting down, Lashinsky and the crew members separated in the air. Soviets recovered two of the crewmen unscathed, and brought a third back from near-death, but three others did not survive the jump. Staff Sergeant Lashinsky and five other crewmembers landed behind German lines. Quickly captured, they became POW’s of the retreating German army. After a rough train ride, the POW’s remained in a marshalling yard in Regensburg, Germany until Patton’s Third Army liberated them on April 29, 1945.

Staff Sergeant Lashinsky shortly after his return home during World War II


Recently donated, Staff Sergeant Lashinsky’s materials and story now reside in the USAHEC’s protective care. The USAHEC’s collection, which includes thousands of Soldiers’ stories such as Staff Sergeant Lashinsky’s, is open to students, scholars, and the public for research. Additionally, the USAHEC highlights these Soldiers stories throughout its displays inside the building and in exhibits along the Army Heritage Trail.

July 2012 community events

International Fellows Spouses Welcome Tea

The Carlisle Barracks Spouses’ Club board members will welcome the 2013 Class of International Fellows spouses at a Welcome Tea on Tuesday, Jul. 10, 2-4 p.m. at Quarters 3.


Force Protection Exercise

A Force Protection Exercise will be held on Carlisle Barracks, Thursday, Jul. 12.  This may cause a delay at the gates and traffic disruption on Post. 


Motorcycle Safety Courses 

Experienced Rider course will be held Saturday, Jul. 14, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Building 314-315 parking lot. 

Basic Motorcycle Safety course classroom and hands-on riding/driving course will be held Jul. 25-29, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 

These courses are for active duty Army Soldiers.  For more information call 717-245-4353.


Class of 2013 International Fellows Welcome Picnic

The International Fellows program sponsors will host the new class of International Fellows at a Welcome Picnic, Saturday, Jul. 14, 1-5 p.m., Letort View Community Center Pavilion.


USAHEC Perspectives lecture

Wednesday, Jul. 18, “We always understood each other so well, McClellan, Lee and the War in the East,” will be presented by Dr. Ethan Rafuse, professor, Department of Military History, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. The lecture will be held in the AHEC Visitor and Education Center Multi-Purpose room, 7:15 p.m.  For details, call 717-245-3972 or visit


USAWC Distance Education Graduation Ceremony

The ceremony will commence at 9 a.m. on Friday, Jul. 27, at the Carlisle Barracks Parade Field (Wheelock Bandstand).  The guest speaker is Director of the Army National Guard, Lt. Gen. William E. Ingram, Jr.  Inclement weather site is Bliss Hall for students and faculty and Reynolds Theater, and rooms in Root Hall for family and guests.


Graduation Brunch at Letort View Community Center

A Graduation Brunch for the USAWC Distance Education class will be held at the LVCC on Friday, Jul. 27, immediately following the Graduation ceremony until 1 p.m.  For reservations call 717-245-3991.


USAWC Fellows Centralized In-processing

Orientation for USAWC Fellows will be held from Jul. 30-31, 7:15 a.m.-noon at Collins Hall.


USAWC AY13 Resident Students Centralized In-processing

In-processing for USAWC Resident Students will be held from Jul. 30-Aug. 2, 7:15 a.m.-noon at Collins Hall.


Vacation Bible School

Hang out with Daniel and discover what incredible adventures he had as a captive in Babylon at Vacation Bible School, Jul. 30-Aug. 3, from 9-11:30 a.m. at the Post Chapel.  To register children--4 years old through 6thgrade, visit the Post Chapel.  Also, volunteers are needed to join the Babylon bunch--7thgraders through adults are welcome.

For more information call Laura Barko at 717-385-2411 or Lisa White at 717-245-4330.

“There is a job for everyone, said Laura Barko in Religious Activities.  “It’s a great place to meet new people.”


Carlisle Barracks Annual High School Welcome Jam

All high school students entering grades 9-12 are invited to attend this FREE CYSS event, Tuesday, Jul. 31, 6-9:30 p.m. at the LVCC pavilion.  Come and enjoy the ice breakers, games with prizes, DJ music, dancing and food.  For more information call 717-245-4638/3801/4555.


Carlisle Barracks Annual Middle School Welcome Jam

All middle school students entering grades 6-8 are invited to attend this FREE CYSS event, Tuesday, Aug. 1, 6-9:30 p.m. at the LVCC pavilion.  Come and enjoy the ice breakers, games with prizes, DJ music, dancing and free food.  For more information call 717-245-4638/3801/4555.


Carlisle Barracks Youth Services “Kids Day”

On Friday, Aug. 3, 1:30-4:30 p.m. at Youth Services come and enjoy the FREE food, games, entertainment and DJ.  Wear your bathing suit for water games.  For more information call 717-245-3801/4555.


2012 Carlisle Summerfair XXXV Events

Carlisle Summerfair includes family-friendly events at no cost to the public.  2012 Summerfair activities are scheduled from Jun. 28-Jul. 7.  For schedule highlights visit:


Carlisle Events Car Shows

For the 2012 event schedule and information visit:


Carlisle’s First Friday Series, Music in the Garden, and Farmers on the Square

For information on these Downtown Carlisle events, visit:


Find More Community Events


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Summer Sense Campaign – Synthetic Drugs: Bath Salts, K2/Spice:


Information provided by the Partnership at

Army Substance Abuse Prevention Office 245 - 4576


The first thing that parents should know is that the drug called Bath Salts is very different from the product that you put into a bath. The only reason why they have the same name is because the products look similar like a fine powder.


So – what are Bath Salts anyway? They are a man-made, chemical (as opposed to organic) stimulant drug. Generally, stimulants are a class of drugs that elevate mood, increase feelings of well-being and increase energy and alertness. Amphetamines, or speed, are an example of stimulant drugs.


The technical term for Bath Salts is “substituted cathinone.” Now, what does that mean? You may have heard of Khat, a plant that is cultivated and used in East Africa and the Middle East. It has a stimulant effect on the user and can be quite dangerous.


Substituted cathinones are synthetic, concentrated versions of the stimulant chemical in Khat. Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV), mephedrone and methylone are the chemicals most often found in “Bath Salts.”


They can be ingested orally or snorted through the nose.

“K2” and “Spice” are street names for synthetic marijuana. Whatever perceptions people have of marijuana, they should not underestimate the risk of this drug or make the mistake that synthetic marijuana is somehow less dangerous than cultivated marijuana.


K2 or Spice is a mixture of herbs or other plant materials that have been sprayed with artificial chemicals that are supposed to mimic the effects of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. One group of these artificial chemicals has the prefix “JWH,” so you will see JWH-018, JWH-073 and others.

It is important to note that K2/Spice is completely synthetic, so while these drugs may act on the same parts of the brain and body as THC, the effects can be very different.

The Tip Sheet

Here are important tips, resources and information you can use to give your kids happy, healthy and safe futures, and help them avoid the dangers of drugs and alcohol.



1. Clearly communicate the risks of alcohol and drug use.

2. Let your child know you disapprove of any drinking or drug use.

a. Kids who believe their parents will be upset if they try drugs are 43 percent less likely to do so.

3. Use teachable moments to talk about drinking and using drugs.

4. Frequently talk and listen to your kids about how things are going in their lives.



1. Know WHO your child is with

2. Know WHAT they’re doing

3. Know WHERE your child will be

4. Know WHEN your child is expected home

5. Know who your teen’s friends are – communicate with their parents

6. Establish and enforce rules – including a clear “no use” policy




Here are five changes to watch for…

1. Declining school work and grades

2. Abrupt changes in friends, groups or behavior

3. Sleeping habits and abnormal health issues

4. Deteriorating relationships with family

5. Less openness and honesty


Be aware of special vulnerabilities



1. – Main Site

2. – Learn how to start a conversation with your child

3. – Learn what to do if you suspect or know your child is using

4. – Learn about teen brain development and how you can help your teen make smart, healthy decisions

5. – The Parent Tool Kit offers videos & articles on how to talk with

your kids at any age


FTC Advises Consumers with New Resources on What to Do if their Identity is Stolen

Identity theft has been the top complaint consumers reported to the FTC for the last several years. There are a few new twists on ID theft that the military community might be interested in - child, tax, and medical IDT.  Knowing what to do is important because an identity thief can hijack your tax refund, alter your medical records, or prevent you from getting credit or a job.  They can even borrow money in your child's name.
FTC has just announced some new free publications that explain how to protect your child's information and your own, and the immediate steps to take to limit damage from identity theft:
o   Taking Charge: What To Do If Your Identity Is Stolen<> is a
handbook with tips about protecting your information, and instructions, sample forms, and letters to help recover from theft.
o   Safeguarding Your Child's Future<> is a guide to help parents and guardians protect a child's information and repair damage caused by theft.
o   Identity Theft: What To Know, What To Do<> is an easy-to-copy brochure covering the basics:  how to avoid and respond to identity theft.
Servicemembers can download these materials or order copies in bulk. ( We've also got 3 new 1-minute videos<> (see them and all the materials at
All of this content is free and in the public domain - people can use it and share it far and wide: they can link to it, hand out copies, or use the content in newsletters, websites, social network pages.