Banner Archive for July 2014
 

Upcoming Community events

August

4-5 CYSS Babysitter Course

You must attend both days to become certified. The course runs from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and is open to CYSS member 13-18. Participants will learn fire safety, developmental activities, how to identify child abuse and learn age appropriate activities they can do with the children and how to prepare healthy snacks. They will also receive CPR and first aid training.  Call 245-4555 to register.

5-6 Herd 101- Carlisle High School Orientation

Incoming freshmen at Carlisle High School have a chance to ease the transition to high school at Herd 100, a two-day orientation program in the district. Call 717-245-4638 for more information.

6-Carlisle Barracks County Fair

Designed for the Army War College Class of 2015 students and families, and all newcomers to Carlisle Barracks, the Fair is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will feature both on and off-post organizations ready to welcome you and provide information on their services.

The County Fair is set for three locations -- The Thorpe Hall Gym will feature Morale Welfare Recreation activities and Community Support Activities, The Letort View Community Center and tents along Lovell Ave will host local businesses and community support activities.

7- Elementary school age kids ice cream social

6:30- 8:30 p.m. at the Youth Services building will feature Food, Fun & Friendship, Ice Cream Sundaes, Group Games, Kickball, Relay Races, Arts & Crafts and more for kids entering kindergarten- 5th garde. Call 717-245-4555 for more information.

7- Brooke E. Kleber Memorial Lecture - China in World War II: New History; New Perspectives for Today

The Brooks E. Kleber Memorial Reading in Military History with Richard Frank will be held in the multipurpose rooms of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The building opens at 6:30 p.m., the talk begins at 7:15 p.m., and the question period concludes around 8:30 p.m. All are welcome, and the event is free! For further information, please call 717-245-3972.

8- Convocation for the Class of 2015

This academic year will officially kick off for the Army war College Class of 2015 with a convocation ceremony in Bliss Hall at 8 a.m.

8- Opening Ceremony for the Class of 2015

Class of 2015 kickoff to their Academic Year with the performance by the Old Guard and US Army Band on Indian Field starting at 4 p.m.

8- Middle School & Teen Lock-In

6 p.m. – 7 a.m. Aug. 9. Wear your favorite superhero/ supervillain shirt/ costume, awards for creativity will be given, movie, bowling, dancing and more. For more information call 717-245-4555.

16- Emergency Services Bike Rodeo

Come to the Outdoor Recreation parking lot starting at 8 a.m. for the annual emergency services bike rodeo. Kids can learn proper maintenance, care, and operations of bicycles and will feature appearances by some special guests.

30- Color Vibe 5k at the Army Heritage and Education Center

For more information visit www.carlislemwr.com

Sept. 4 – “Doggie Dip and Yappy Hour” at the Splash Zone Swimming Pool

From 5 – 7:30 p.m. is an open swim, costume contest big splash contest and more for you and your four-legged friend. For more information, call 717-245-4069.


By Jim Garamone, DoD News, Defense Media Activity
DoD to implement 3-Tier civilian performance appraisal system

WASHINGTON, July 30, 2014 - Pentagon officials yesterday delivered a report to Congress on the progress the Defense Department has made over the last six months in redesigning personnel authorities.

The biggest change is in designing a new civilian employee appraisal system and putting in place steps to implement it, officials said.

The vast majority of the department's 748,000 civilian employees will come under the system. "An implementation timeline has not yet been determined," a defense official said, "but the department anticipates a phased implementation."

Congress ordered the department to examine the system as part of the fiscal 2010 Defense Authorization Act. That act abolished the National Security Personnel System.

The legislation calls for DoD to develop a new performance appraisal system that is "fair, credible and transparent." Appraisals would be directly linked to awards of employee bonuses and would be the basis for regular, ongoing feedback throughout the appraisal cycle.

Currently, a myriad of systems is in place for the department's different services and agencies. Some are pass/fail, and others use three- or five-tiered rating systems. Some tie bonuses to appraisals, while others do not.

The Defense Department has opted for a three-tiered performance appraisal system, officials said. The system will be characterized by a uniform appraisal period for covered employees, they added, and it will strongly link the employees' appraisals to mission and organizational goals.

A key to the system will be the ability to make meaningful distinctions in levels of performance. Officials said the appraisal system will have "an integrated, automated tool that will facilitate performance planning, communication and the appraisal cycle processes."

DoD officials have notified unions of the three-tiered appraisal system.

The new system will not apply to Senior Executive Service employees, those in the Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System and employees in the Demonstration Lab system, officials said.


Spouses encouraged to use Global Assessment Tool (GAT 2.0)

ARLINGTON, Va. ? Now through October, the Army’sComprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness (CSF2) program is conducting a campaign to encourage Army spouses to take the Global Assessment Tool (GAT 2.0).

The GAT 2.0 is a confidential, online, self-assessment tool that provides users with scores for their individual levels of fitness in five dimensions: Family, Social, Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual. The GAT 2.0 is an annual requirement for Soldiers, but there is also a tailored version specifically for spouses.

“A key part of creating a more ready and resilient Army is ensuring our families have the same tools and resources as our Soldiers,” said CSF2 Director, Col. Kenneth Riddle. “Since the launch of GAT 2.0 on January 27th, 2014, over 375,000 Soldiers have taken this self-assessment. We want Army spouses to take advantage of this self-awareness tool, as well, and follow-on resources that the GAT 2.0 recommends.”

In addition to providing users with their individual scores in the five dimensions of strength, the GAT 2.0 also provides the user’s RealAge®, which is a metric that reveals users’ biological age compared to their calendar age. Users also receive their results in the Performance Triad of Sleep, Activity and Nutrition.

Self-Awareness is only part of the benefit of taking the GAT 2.0. Self-development is the second part. After receiving their scores based on the GAT 2.0, users are directed to ArmyFit™, which houses the tools and resources for users to increase their resilience and improve their overall resilience and well-being. Each user receives tailored recommendations to help them navigate through the myriad resources available within ArmyFit™.

The strength of the Army comes from its family members. The GAT 2.0 provides spouses with the opportunity to know themselves and stay psychologically strong for themselves and their families. “What makes the GAT 2.0 different from other online surveys is that it’s designed specifically for members of the Army family,” said Grace Heath, who’s been an Army spouse for 17 years. “It gives my spouse and me common ground when we talk about things like strength and resilience.”

To keep the recommendations provided by GAT 2.0 relevant, CSF2 plans to keep adding new content and functions to ArmyFit™ over the coming months. These include the ability to synch a personal activity monitor’s data with the site to chart a person’s daily physical activity, and use that data to compete with other users.

For more information on the GAT 2.0, visit http://csf2.army.mil

To take the GAT 2.0, visit https://armyfit.army.mil


July 28, 2014 -- United States Ambassador Helen Reed-Rowe highlighted her admiration for the Army War College as she said goodbye to friends and colleagues at an awards ceremony, July 25, marking the end of her assignment as ambassador to the Army War College and the beginning of her transition to retirement.

The commandant and deputy commandant gave her a military send-off, to include the Department of the Army Superior Civilian Service Award for her contributions to the education program, her support and guidance to the International Fellows and members of the interagency in the student body and on faculty.

“I enjoyed being here immensely -- working with you all, working with the students and with 77 international students,” she said. “With the State Department, I couldn’t talk enough about what you’re doing in international dialogue and engagement by having 77 international officers in the student body.

“I was here during a time of change,” she said, with compliments to the tempo and engagement in a single year. “I want to thank you all deeply for adding this great, great chapter in my career as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer.”

US Ambassador Helen Reed-Row accepts the Army Superior Civilian Service Award from USAWC Deputy Commandant Col. David Funk.


“Ambassador Reed-Rowe’s expert knowledge of international affairs and professional acumen distinguished her tenure with The War College,” said Deputy Commandant Col. David Funk, who spoke about her dedication to advancing education.

Funk noted the importance to the Army War College of both her commitment and background which prepared her well to perform the unique ambassador’s role: interface with the Department of State; subject matter expert for curriculum about interagency relations; and experienced proponent of the State Department role in nations around the world. Prior to assuming duties here, she served as the first resident United States Ambassador to the Republic of Palau. In that position, Reed-Rowe represented U.S. interests and interacted with all levels of Palauan civil society. In addition, she worked extensively with U.S. Pacific Command in support of U.S. military initiatives in the region such as the U.S. rebalance to the Pacific, she said.

In recognition of her contributions to the Army War College, drawing upon her extensive experience in senior positions in the State Department that have focused on advancement of democracy and human rights, promotion of economic development, the rights and empowerment of women, and national security, the College granted Ambassador Helen Reed-Rowe an honorary master’s degree in Strategic Studies.


FOR Transitioning Soldiers:  GM, Raytheon, US Army partner for advanced training initiative

WASHINGTON (July 29, 2014) --The U.S. Army, General Motors and Raytheon Company today announced they are teaming up to provide eligible transitioning Army soldiers with skills to become service technicians at GM dealerships after they return to civilian life.

The Shifting Gears: Automotive Technician Training Program, a multi-year partnership between the two companies and the Army, will begin in August at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas.

The initiative demonstrates a strong commitment to helping veterans succeed by connecting them with education and career opportunities outside of the military service. Shifting Gears will be part of the Army's Soldier for Life support program, which helps soldiers reintegrate into their communities after leaving the Army.

Raytheon and GM are committed to providing Army men and women participating in the Shifting Gears program exceptional training to aid them in post service career endeavors. The program consists of a 12-week customized, on-base technician training curriculum that includes classroom, online and hands-on technical training.

Upon successful course completion and program graduation, veterans receive career counseling, job-placement recommendations and employment assistance from Army Soldier for Life centers, and access to available GM technician employment opportunities through GM's authorized dealer network.

"Soldiers transitioning to civilian life bring exceptional training, values and experience to American communities and their civilian workforce," said U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Howard Bromberg, Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel. "Properly supporting our veterans requires a team approach from the Army, other government agencies and the local community."

GM's dealer network needs approximately 2,500 new technicians annually and qualified technicians are often in short supply. This initiative develops well-trained technicians who will help GM and local dealer communities, while also helping transitioning military personnel. In addition to Shifting Gears, GM provides eligible veterans free access to Web-based training through GM's Service Technical College.

"Shifting Gears illustrates GM's commitment to serving those who serve America," said Steve Hill, GM vice president, U.S. Sales and Service. "GM has supported the U.S. military for 100 years. From providing purpose-built vehicles in conflict situations to today's support for veterans and returning military personnel, we continue to be their strong allies."

The training will be conducted by Raytheon Professional Services (RPS), which is one of the world's largest training companies. RPS currently develops and delivers training solutions for GM technicians worldwide and was integral in establishing the GM Service Technical College, an in-house resource which provides comprehensive training to GM personnel.

"Young Army veterans face unemployment rates that are more than double the national average. Raytheon sees this partnership with GM and the Army as an opportunity to reduce those alarming statistics by helping position former service members for new opportunities," said Lynn Dugle, President of Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services. "We look forward to helping train veterans through the Shifting Gears program, and continuing the work we do with the Army including our role in training almost every active service soldier."

About the U.S. Army

For more information contact the Office of the Chief of Public Affairs, Office of the Secretary of the Army at (703) 697-7550. Or to learn more about the U.S. Army visit them online at http://www.army.mil/

About GM

With thousands of military veteran employees, General Motors' support for the United States armed forces spans generations. Today, Chevrolet assists Cell Phones for Soldiers, Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans, a variety of employment and grassroots initiatives, and is the Official Vehicle of the Army-Navy game. The GM Military Discount program offers discounts on most Chevrolet, Buick and GMC vehicles for active duty, reserves, retirees, veterans (within one year of separation) and spouses of the U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and National Guard. GM proudly participates in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Hiring Our Heroes initiative aimed at finding meaningful employment for veterans transitioning to civilian life.

About Raytheon

Raytheon Company, with 2013 sales of $24 billion and 63,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, security and civil markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 92 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as cyber security and a broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass. For more about Raytheon, visit us at www.raytheon.com and follow us on Twitter @Raytheon.


Local ‘silent hero’ honored for work with wounded Soldiers, Families

 

Steve Oldham, Carlisle Barracks Commissary Officer, reads the winning essay by Alma Scheib, who wrote about her husband, retired Air Force Master Sgt. Franklin Scheib, as Lt. Col. Kim Peeples, garrison commander, looks on.

A dedicated retired servicemember was the inspiration for the grand prize of a nation-wide essay contest was recognized July 29 at the Carlisle Barracks Commissary.

Alma Scheib, spouse of Franklin Scheib a retired Air Force Master Sgt., was selected as the grand prize winner of the Gatorade essay content nominating an active or retired military member as a silent hero for her essay of her husband.  

Alma wrote about her husband, Franklin, and his dedication to veterans, families, and the Fisher House Foundation. Stephen Oldham, Commissary Officer, presented her received a $500 check from Dunham & Smith and $500 in gift cards to the Commissary for her winning entry.

Her winning essay reads:

 A twenty year plus USAF career man, he is 6' 11/2", slightly balding, a wee limp as he has just reached his 80th year. He is currently the last of his family, seventeen siblings, to survive. Always a charitable man, as he knows what it is to have not, he has dedicated the last nine years to being a volunteer for the Fisher House Foundation. He receives his medical care at Walter Reed Bethesda and with each visit sees two, four, six or seven amputees in the hallways. Always they amaze him as they smile, wheeling those wheel chairs down the hallways. A "thank you for your service" is not enough for him; sometimes a crisp $20. or $50. bill will be placed in the hand of a spouse or given to a child for ice cream money. To see an armless young man walking down the hall with a "kiss me I'm Irish" t-shirt on St. Patrick's day, smiling broadly, is enough to bring a tear to his eye. The true Heroes  are those who have given so much of themselves and yet would do it all over again and even want to go back to the field to be with their buddies. Franklin R. Scheib at this stage of his life gives ever passionate moment he is physically able to raise monies for his favorite charity and hopes that he is doing a small part to help these young men and women who have the rest of their lives to deal with their handicaps. He gives presentations anywhere he can to raise money and he always ends his speech with Dr. Peter Marshall's comment, "the greatest gift of life is not it's duration but it's donation."


Busy Army War College students fit wellness into their careers

At this point in their careers and lives, Army War College students are confronting factors that impact overall health, such as stress, age, and a rigorous academic program, making the Army Wellness Center here a welcome benefit for distance and resident students alike.  

Distance education students have taken advantage of the many services offered by the Army Wellness Center. During the first resident course for the Distance Class of 2015, the center’s staff evaluated 122 students in only six days, according to Jennifer Caywood, director of the Carlisle Barracks Wellness Center. And about a third of the Distance Education students who graduated July 25 found their way to AWC assessments – many of them checking their personal wellness progress since last summer’s initial assessment during their first resident phase.

Jennifer Caywood, M.S. adjusts Col. Beverly Beavers' mask which is used to measure oxygen and determine caloric needs.

The two-week resident phases provide a change of pace for the Distance Education students who complete the senior service college across a challenging two-year program. Each distance education class consists predominantly of Army Reserve and Army National Guard officers who are balancing a civilian career, family, and military duty that almost always demands more than just two days a month and two weeks a year. These individuals have little time to allocate to all these priorities, and that is what makes the services offered by the Army Wellness Center crucial to them and to the resident students as they advance as senior leaders in the military.

The Army Wellness Center at Carlisle Barracks has been operating nearly two years now with approximately 5,887 individuals seeking testing and advice on how to keep fit physically. It offers easily accessible prevention programs to encourage and sustain healthy lifestyles, manage stress, and improve the overall well-being of all those eligible:  Active duty, reserve, National Guard, family members and DoD civilians.

Caywood explained that the Wellness Center uses several methods to evaluate overall health and fitness. It provides a metabolic assessment which uses an oxygen measurement to determine an individual’s caloric needs. The Bod Pod measures body composition through air displace­ment, producing a much more accurate estimation of body fat than the widely-used tape test. The physical fitness assessment uses a treadmill or ergometer, a type of stationary bicycle to measure cardio-respiratory fitness and endurance. Musculoskeletal strength and flexibility tests are also part of this evaluation.

“I wish I had taken the time to get an evaluation during the first resident course since the program has such a good reputation,” said Lt. Col. Rob Powell, a class of 2014 student who decided to get evaluated this year. Being the commander of the North Capital Region Information Operations Battalion and completing the Army War College through the distance education program means that Powell and many students like him are physically and mentally stretched every day which makes keeping fit a challenge, he observed.

Molly Lautenheiser, M.S., Health Educator measures Lt. Col. Rob Powell's flexibility.

With several half-marathons completed, competing in her first marathon is one of many goals active Army Col. Beverly Beavers, also a second year distance education student, has set for herself. She serves full-time as the Information Technology Strategic Sourcing Analyst for the Component Acquisition Executive at the Defense Health Agency and can attest that to the busy schedule of training for a marathon and completing the Army War College via the distance learning course.

“I took part in the evaluation last year when I was here for the first resident course and I am looking forward to finding out how my fitness level has changed since then,” said Beavers.

The day before graduation, Caywood and her staff provided participants with their results during a briefing that also reviewed tips for improving and maintaining health. 

“There are approximately 1640 calories in the typical bucket of movie popcorn with butter,” said Tiffany Waardenburg, a registered dietician and health educator. Even without butter, she told the students that amount of popcorn was still about 1,160 calories.

“Individuals need to be cognizant of the amount of calories they are consuming. Healthy weight management is all about being calibrated with your body, meaning if we do not know where we stand from a caloric perspective achieving our weight-loss/maintenance goals can become a challenge,” said Caywood.  Using apps on smartphones that track calories can offer a turn-key solution to identifying over-or-under eating, she said.

The changes that occurred between the 2013 and 2014 testing for distance students were all positive. All participants improved their Body Mass Index, body fat percentage, and maximum oxygen volume, according to Molly Lautenheiser, a board-certified exercise physiologist with the Wellness Center.

“People need to move more. We spend more than eight hours sitting behind a computer at work,” said Caywood. Planned exercise should incorporate at least 150 minutes of physical activity per week for a healthy heart or at least 250 minutes a week for weight loss, she said.

Using a heart rate monitor during exercise will give an individual an idea of heart rate intensity when training, which will help to train smarter rather than harder. It will also help an individual to train in a safe and progressive manner, said Lautenheiser. She explained that the Army Wellness Center is to help individuals fine tune goals to help reach success.

"I am pleased that my overall results improved since my assessment last year, the program really does help you set goals that can be achieved," said Beavers.

The Wellness Center also offers stress management education using biofeedback along with stress relief techniques, positive coping skills and learning good sleep habits which are all important parts of resiliency. Active duty, reserve, National Guard, family members and DoD civilians can take advantage of the AWC’s services. The assessment starts by completing an online health assessment review at https://www.sft.army.mil/AWC/and then calling 717-245-4004 to make an appointment.

Representatives from the Wellness Center are available during in-processing to schedule students for appointments. For more information on the Wellness Center at Carlisle Barracks see: http://dunham.narmc.amedd.army.mil/armywellnesscenter

 

Shana Blaney, Health Promotion Technician stands next to the 'BodPod' which is used for measuring body composition.


Army War College  celebrates Distance Class of 2014 graduation

July 28, 2014 -- UPDATE - Find the Graduation video at  http://youtu.be/25kRG3btY9k

Find graduation photos at www.facebook.com/usawc

July 25, 2014 -- Today, the U.S. Army War College celebrated the graduation of the Distance Education Class of 2014. Students, faculty, leaders, family and colleagues gathered on the historic parade ground where students from most of the Army schools have walked – from the Artillery Artificers School of 1780 and the Cavalry School of 1838 to the post-World War I Medical Field Service School and the post-World War II origins of the Army schools for Civil Affairs, Adjutant General, Chaplain, Military Police and Military Intelligence.  

Maj. Gen. Timothy Kadavy addresses the Class of 2014 members who have earned the Master's degree in Strategic Studies, Joint Professional Military Education-I certification, and the Army War College diploma.

The graduates of the Distance Education Class of 2014 join the ranks of great American leaders and Army War College graduates such as Eisenhower, Bradley and Schwarzkopf. This year’s class included 368 students who represent a broad spectrum of backgrounds and experiences in service to their nation.  Among the student body were 40 US Army officers, 155 US Army Reserve officers, 149 Army National Guard officers, two US Marine Corps officers, two US Air Force officers, five officers of the Department of State, three interagency civilians, and six International Fellows. All have completed the demanding course comprising two years of distance instruction and four weeks of resident instruction at Carlisle. The Class of 2014 has achieved the highest goals of professional military education, each student demonstrating a high degree of dedication and perseverance.

“If you look at the world today, it has never been more important to have strong strategic leaders,” said Class of 2014 graduate Col. Gregory Hapgood, who believed that it was his responsibility to take the initiative to use any tool from the Army War College experience to better prepare for the future. “This achievement belongs as much to my family and many peers as it does to me,” added the Iowa Army National Guard officer.

Col. Greg Hapgood (left) registers satisfaction after receiving his diploma, enroute to retired Col. Rob Smith, award-winning faculty member, who waits to congratulate Hapgood.

Supportive families filled the audience, with military colleagues and dozens of general officers on hand to congratulate them on the hard-won achievement.

“It’s all on their own time: it’s God-and-Country time,” said Brig. Gen. Cynthia O’Connell, Deputy Commanding General of the 3rdMedical Command (Deployment Support), about the students’ obligation to carve reading, study, and writing time from personal time.  

“Reserve officers especially have to balance their civilian careers at tremendous cost,” said O’Connell.  “We have [healthcare] professionals, physicians, dentists who take time away from their practice, time away from their military duties, and time away from their family.

 “I’m in awe, actually,” she said of the graduates’ commitment to what she described as a rigorous course.

Guest speaker calls for innovative leaders, critical thinkers

Commencement speaker Maj. Gen. Timothy J. Kadavy, Special Assistant to the Vice Chief of the National Guard Bureau, shared insights with the class about the challenges that await, and the agility and adaptability needed in senior officers whose next six to nine years will be marked by the dual demands of national fiscal restraints and complexity in the global security environment.

He drew on his experience as commander of the Combined Joint Interagency Task Force – Afghanistan to offer perspective about the complexity of today’s environment – working with other nations and with nonmilitary organizations whose objectives and processes differ from the military’s and whose actions will affect the military operation.

“As the CJITF commander in Afghanistan … my portfolio included counter-narcotics, counter-corruption, counter-threat financing, “no contracting with the enemy,” and counter–transnational organized crime ….  Those are not traditionally threats and missions associated with warfighting but they are impediments to a successful campaign. They all needed to be mitigated for the betterment of our ability to train, advise and assist and, ultimately, to conduct and conclude a successful campaign in transition to an Afghan lead.

Roles like these and others in an interagency team may require graduates to work not as a commander but as a director, he said. “For most of you this may mean adapting your leadership style to successfully lead a diverse team.

“Think of this as adding more tools to your tool chest,” said Kadavy, who also noted:  “You must be able to lead a diverse team. Successful strategic leaders of the future must be agile, flexible, and adaptable and unafraid of unknown challenges ahead.”

“We as a nation need to use all of the aspect of the DIME,” he said, referring to the Army War College lessons about incorporating diplomacy, information and economic solutions as well as military power.

Graduates demonstrate camaraderie and triumph. The Distance Education Program of the Army War College enables Reserve, National Guard, and remotely-assigned active officers to complete the Army War College curriculum through a two-year online environment with four weeks in residence at Carlisle.

Faculty guidance is key to students’ effectiveness in navigating the two-years of study. They offer effective course design and instruction, feedback and mentorship through remote relationships and resident experiences at Carlisle. The faculty shape the seminar so as to engender critical thinking, creative problem-solving and enduring relationships.  

Three faculty members were singled out for honors at the graduation ceremony.  In the first year of the Army War College’s Faculty Excellence Awards program, these Distance Education instructors received the USAWC Excellence-in-Teaching Award:  retired Col. Jim Holcomb for 1stResident Course instruction; Col. North Charles for 2ndResident Course; and retired Col. Rob Smith, for excellence in elective teaching.  The selection committee considered student feedback, peer feedback and personal observations by the department chair.

Five Distance Education students were honored with writing awards.

  • Col. Kevin R. Kick for his paper, “Operation Centennial Raging Waters: DoD Response to the Colorado Floods”
  • Col. Gregory E. Maggs for his paper, “Cyber Attack: A Declared U.S. Cyber Defense Policy”
  • Lt. Col. Mark A. Stiefbold for his paper, “Water Scarcity as a Domestic Stability Issue”
  • Col. Michael C. Griffin for his paper, “Rethinking Victory in Counterinsurgency”
  • Lt. Col. Dennis Humphrey for his paper, “The Information Element of Power/Human Domain Nexus”

Post water tower painting project underway

Work has begun on the paint removal and re-painting of the post water tower near Sumner and Butler Roads.

While work is in progress, flagmen will direct traffic in the area.  The project will make repairs to the existing elevated water storage tank that is located between Butler Road and Sumner Road. The tanks capacity is 200,000 gallons and was built by Chicago Bridge & Iron in the year 1937.

Repair work will include safety upgrades, some foundation and structural repairs and protective coating repair to both the exterior and interior of the tank.

All of the materials being used in the project are environmentally friendly and pose no harm to human or pets. All paints will be rolled on and at no time will be sprayed in order to avoid misting on personal or government items in the area.


Second year USAWC distance education students prep for future

The students of the Army War College Distance Education Class of 2014 finished their second resident course here in Carlisle, July 14-25, completing the requirements for the Master’s degree in Strategic Studies.

The Distance Education course is acknowledged by many to be the most challenging way to complete a senior service college. The course includes two years of distance learning plus two 2-week resident phases. The overwhelming majority of the class are either Army Reserve or Army National Guard Officers, who have been balancing full-time jobs, military duty, family and a rigorous graduate degree program.

Some officers have been challenged by completing the course while deployed. Lt. Col. Robert Powell, an Army Reserve officer was deployed until April of this year as the Chief of Operations for the 335thSignal Command (Theater-Provisional).

“It was very difficult being deployed and being a member of distance education,” said Powell. “The time zone difference could be very challenging when conducting group work.”

USAWC faculty member Dave Willmann guides his group of second year students through the Gettysburg strategic staff ride.

Because students like Powell are simultaneously working in their units and completing coursework, they are able to start immediately to put into practice what they are learning.

“I found the information that I learned during distance education very helpful in my position,” said Powell. “When I attended meetings with [general officers] I actually understood the concepts they were discussing and was able to use this information to ensure that we were in line with their intent,” he said.

“I will be able to better advise my senior leaders and add value to my next command,” said Col. Rita Casey. The Alabama National Guard officer was in command of the 111th Ordnance Group for the duration of the distance education course.

The resident phases provide a welcome change and camaraderie while learning from staff rides and national speakers. Lectures by key policy and military strategy experts, the national security staff ride to Gettysburg, and the Commandant’s National Security Program are among the highlights of the second residence course, scheduled for the last two weeks of the two-year program.

Lt. Gen. Mark F. Ramsay, director of Force Structure, Resource and Assessment, Joint Staff, gave the keynote address on day 1 of the resident course. Gen. Frank Grass, Chief of the National Guard Bureau addressed challenges and opportunities facing the Guard with Army War College students and Barbara A. Sisson, Assistant Chief of Army Reserve, discussed the Army Reserve's Private-Public Partnership Initiative (P3i), recruiting, and other topics relevant to the Reserve Component. Maj. Gen. Gary Cheek and Brig. Gen. John Ferrari participated in a panel discussion about the “strategy-resource gap, reviewing implications of the Quadrennial Defense Review with Army War College students.

The Commandant’s National Security Program took place in the 2ndweek. This program invites distinguished civilians to take part in the Army War College experience by joining students for lectures and subsequently engaging in dynamic seminar discussions with the students and faculty.

“I enjoyed Gen. Allyn’s comments on the future of the Army,” said Mike Prout, the Assistant Director of the U.S. Marshall’s Service, about the commander of US Forces Command, who spoke to the student body during CNSP. Prout appreciated the later opportunity to interact and discuss the presentation with Seminar 20 students.

Participants in CNSP come from a variety of professions and bring their experiences into play during discourse in seminar.

Gen. Daniel B. Allyn, Commanding General U.S. Army Forces Command discussed developing priorities, mission command and facets of leadership at the senior level.

“With my background in advertising, I approached the seminar discussions from an emotional perspective,” said Michele Stoos who is marketing and communications manager at Sedona Technologies Government Services in Moline, Ill. She added that she appreciated the seminar setting where varied opinions are voiced and considered with no right or wrong answer. She particularly related to Dean Cheng’s talk about China's defense strategy, she said, because she had recently visited China. Cheng is a senior research fellow with the Asian Studies Center at the Heritage Foundation's Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy. Retired Lt. Gen. David Huntoon, commandant of the Army War College from 2003 to 2008, gave the CNSP capstone address on strategic leadership in the current national security environment.


ID cards marked indefinite no longer permitted for installation access

 

Does your ID card look like the one on the left with an indefinite expiration date? If so, you’ll need to replace your old (Form 1602) ID card with a new one in order to access the installation.

“If someone has one of these, they need to contact the Carlisle Barracks ID Card Office and have it reissued,” said Svend Sheppard, DA Police Traffic Supervisor. “If they are qualified Contractor they will be re-issued a DA Form 1602 with a one year expiration date. If they do not qualify for a DA Form 1602 they will be issued a Central Operations Police Suite Installation Access Control Pass with a one year expiration date.”

The COPS IAC passes are available by completing CBKS Form 228 at the Police Station. 

“If they are a Government Service Retiree we now have the 'chip-less' CAC that they will be issued by the ID card office,” he said.

At the time these "indefinite" DA Form 1602 were issued they were the standard for the Command, but Installation Access Control has change over the last few years most recently with the Army Directive 2014-05 regarding Installation Access Control.  


Summer Sense Campaign – Army Substance Abuse Program

Caffeine, alcohol and your sleep

Caffeine and Sleep

Caffeine has been called the most popular drug in the world. It is found naturally in over 60 plants including the coffee bean, tea leaf, kola nut and cacao pod

All over the world people consume caffeine on a daily basis in coffee, tea, cocoa, chocolate, some soft drinks, and some drugs

Because caffeine is a stimulant, most people use it after waking up in the morning or to remain alert during the day

SYMPTOMS: Caffeine is a stimulant. In moderate doses, it can: Increase alertness Reduce fine motor coordination, Cause insomnia, Cause headaches, nervousness and dizziness

It has also been known to result in: Anxiety, Irritability, Rapid heartbeat, Excessive urination, Sleep disturbance, A "caffeine crash" once the effects wear off

TREATMENT: If the conditions listed under "symptoms" occur, discontinue the use of caffeine

Knowing the caffeine content of your food and drinks can help you keep caffeine intake at a healthy level so you can still reap the benefits of a good night's sleep.

Is Caffeine Addictive?

Could it be that you are addicted to caffeine?

 There is no doubt that there are withdrawal symptoms that you can experience

These symptoms include headache, tiredness/fatigue, decreased energy/activeness, decreased alertness/attentiveness, drowsiness/sleepiness, decreased contentedness/well-being, depressed mood, difficulty concentrating, irritability, and felling muzzy/foggy/not clearheaded

The onset of withdrawal symptoms typically begins 12-24 hours after abstinence, with the peak intensity occurring at 20-51 hours. The withdrawal symptoms last for a range of two to nine days.

There is no disputing the fact that caffeine "addiction" is not as intense or dangerous as drug addictions

For those who do feel the withdrawal symptoms it is best to slowly decrease your intake

Alcohol and Sleep

  • Alcohol often is thought of as a sedative or calming drug.
  • While alcohol may induce sleep, the quality of sleep is often fragmented during the second half of the sleep period.
  • Alcohol increases the number of times you awaken in the later half of the night, when the alcohol's relaxing effect wears off.
  • It prevents you from getting the deep sleep and REM sleepyou need, because alcohol keeps you in the lighter stages of sleep.
  • With continued consumption just before bedtime, alcohol's sleep-inducing effect may decrease as its disruptive effects continue or increase.
  • The sleep disruption resulting from alcohol use may lead to daytime fatigueand sleepiness.

Source: WebMD Medical Reference

 

For additional information contact the army Substance Abuse Office at 245 – 4576.


Distance Class of ’14 - How to find your graduation photos, videos 

Friday, July 25

The ceremony will be live-streamed at www.carlisle.army.mil

Photos of every graduate, award winner and guest speaker will be posted after the graduation ceremony at www.facebook.com/usawc

(Note: You do not have to have a Facebook account to view the photos)

A short video that will include the remarks of the guest speaker, Maj. Gen. Timothy Kadavy, special assistant to the Vice Chief, National Guard Bureau, at http://www.youtube.com/usarmywarcollege

A highlight video of the graduation that will include the guest speakers and a selection of graduates and at http://www.youtube.com/usarmywarcollege

 

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 www.carlisle.army.milUpdated regularly; the site showcases the latest USAWC news, conference, studies and other important events.

Facebook

One of the easiest ways to stay connected is to become a follower on Facebook. Simply go to www.facebook.com/usawcand 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.

YouTube

Another valuable resource are the lectures from guest speakers and conferences available at the USAWC YouTube page, www.youtube.com/usarmywarcollegeThe 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.


Dunham Health Clinic introduces Nurse Advice Line

Nurse Advice Line replaces the On-Call Provider system

July 22, 2014 -- Dunham Army Health Clinic has introduced a new benefit for TRICARE enrollees making a team of Registered Nurses available for immediate telephone health care advice.

Available 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week, the on-call nurses will discuss the healthcare situation with the caller, asking questions to enable the nurse to advise when and how to seek care for an urgent problem, or to give instructions about self-care at home.

The Nurse Advice Line service, available nationwide to TRICARE beneficiaries, replaces the On-Call Provider system formerly offered by the Dunham US Army Health Clinic as of 31 July 2014. Patients enrolled at Dunham US Army Health Clinic, Fillmore US Army Health Clinic at New Cumberland, and and the Fort Indiantown Gap Troop Medical Clinic will be able to use the Nurse Advice Line to receive the advice needed for informed decisions about self-care at home or when to see a health care provider.

TRICARE beneficiaries eligible to use the Nurse Advice Line include those using TRICARE Prime, TRICARE Prime Remote (TPR) and TRICARE Prime Remote for Active Duty Family Members (TPRADFM), TRICARE Standard and TRICARE Extra, TRICARE Reserve Select (TRS), TRICARE Retired Reserve (TRR), TRICARE Young Adult (TYA), and TRICARE For Life (TFL).

TRICARE Overseas Program (TOP) beneficiaries traveling in the United States can call the Nurse Advice Line for health care advice, and -- if care from a provider is needed -- will be required to call their TOP Regional Call Center to coordinate care.

The Nurse Advice Line is not available to those beneficiaries enrolled in the US Family Health Plan.

Nurse Advice Line Facts:

  • Toll Free Number: 1-800-TRICARE (1-800-874-2273), option 1
  • Service available 24 hours  a day, 7 days a week
  • Area served: Continental United States, Alaska, and Hawaii.

Learn more details about the Nurse Advice Line at the Dunham Clinic web site: Go to  http://dunham.narmc.amedd.army.mil/default.aspx, and click on the Nurse Advice Line tab under “Services”.


Many Carlisle Barracks services, facilities open for civilian employees, Families

Are you a new civilian employee and wondering what on-post services you can take advantage of? You can stay on post for lunch, book a trip through LTS or take the family out for a night of bowling just to start.

Post fitness centers

    One of the most economical benefits available to DoD civilians is the ability to use the fitness facilities located on post, including the Root Hall Gymnasium. The gymnasium has a full-size basketball and volleyball court, regulation-size racquetball court and men and women’s locker rooms with saunas. The free use and location of the facilities draws in many civilians.

Did you know that Thorpe Hall Fitness Center offers many different types of fitness classes, a running track, a third floor activity room, and saunas? Looking for a more “hardcore” workout? Check out the Indian Field Fitness Center with cardio equipment, free weights and more.

Food & beverage

Grab lunch or a quick snack by taking advantage of the many facilities on post. There are multiple eateries on post including the Joint Deli in Root Hall, the Strike Zone snack bar at the bowling center, Subway at the Exchange, Café Cumberland at USAHEC and the Joint Pub and Tiki bar (open seasonally) at the LVCC.

Outdoor Recreation

Discover your adventurous side with Army Outdoor Recreation programs, located at 860 Sumner Road. The great outdoors await you take advantage of the sunny summer weather and explore scenic Pennsylvania with MWR outdoor recreation whether you enjoy Whitewater rafting or prefer to push yourself on a hike with amazing views you're sure to find the trip that's right for you.

Leisure Travel Services

    Another valuable benefit is the Armed Forces Vacation Club.  The AFVC is a "space available" program that offers DoD personnel the opportunity to take affordable condominium vacations at resorts around the world for as low as $349 per unit per week. It can be found online at www.afvclub.com

    Looking to take the family to an amusement park for the day? You should stop by Leisure Travel Services located right beside the Commissary. Here you’ll find discounts to attractions like Hersheypark, Disney World and Ski Roundtop.

Letort View Community Center

    Also available is the Letort View Community Center who provides catering for those who contract for it.  The facility may is also available for private events, such as wedding receptions or proms.

Skills Development Center

    The Skills Development Center runs a complete framing service and offers classes for the ‘self-helper’ in basic and refresher framing classes and also offers laser-engraving services and do everything from magnetic nametags to trophies and plaques. You can use the sublimation shop to create your own custom t-shirts, plaques, license plates mugs and more.

    Co-located is the Auto Shop, which is also accessible to civilians. Automotive services include but not limited to: State Inspection, Emissions testing/inspection, oil change, tune up, wheel alignment, tire change, detailing to mention a few.  In addition the primary function of the automotive craft shop is to provide a location for self-helpers to work on their own vehicles.  For a small fee, a person gets a bay and all the tools they need to work on their vehicle

Strike Zone Bowling Alley

The Strike Zone Bowling Center has 6 lanes available for Open Play, League Play, Group Parties, & B-day Parties.  They also have a full service snack bar for your dining pleasure and well a cold six packs to go.

CDC, Youth Services

    It’s important to note that benefits are not only limited to the employees themselves.  Children and spouses of DoD cardholders may also take advantage of some facilities on post. DoD civilians can use the Youth Services programs and the Child Development Center on post. The wide-ranging YS division includes sports programs and summer camps, and the CDC offers child care with a wide range of options.

Golf Course

   Civilian personnel also have the opportunity to use the Carlisle Barracks golf course. All DoD card holders are entitled to use the course and may sign up for tee times one week in advance. The par 72, 18-hole course also features the 19th Hole Snack Bar, a pro shop and a driving range.

    However, there are some services on post that civilians are not authorized to use. The Post Exchange, Commissary, Health & Dental Clinic, and Class Six are only available for active duty and retired military personnel. These benefits are considered part of the benefit package for active duty military members and their families, many of which are regulated by law.

    Overall, there are a wide variety of services and facilities available to civilian personnel on Carlisle Barracks.  Some can be found below.     

 

Army Community Service

632 Wright Avenue

Hours of operation: Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

(717) 245-4357

Café Cumberland

950 Soldier Drive

Mon-Sat 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

(717)245-3377

 

Carlisle Barracks Golf Course

901 Jim Thorpe Road
Monday- Sunday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
(717) 245-3262 

 

Child, Youth Services

637 Liggett Road
Scheduled School Closing & Summer Camp
Mon - Fri 6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Before & After School
Mon - Fri 6:30 - 8:30 a.m. & 2:30 - 6 p.m.
Closed Sunday & Federal Holidays

(717) 245-4555

 

Family, Morale Welfare and Recreation

46 Ashburn Drive

(717)-245-4332

Hours of operation: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  

 

 Indian Field Fitness Center

119 Forbes Ave

Mon - Fri 5 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Sat 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sun 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Holidays 10 a.m. - 3 p.m

Women Only Area from 9 am-11 am Mon-Fri

(717) 245-3535

 

Joint Deli

122 Root Hall

Monday-Friday

Breakfast 7 - 9:30 a.m.

Lunch 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

(717) 245-4329

 

Leisure Travel Services

842 Sumner Road
May-Sept. 
Monday-Friday noon 9 a.m.– 5 p.m.
(717)245-3309/4048

Ridgway Hall
Thursday- Fri and Sunday noon - 5 p.m.
Sat. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Letort View Community Center

313 Lovell Ave.
(717) 245-3215

 

Moore Child Development Center

455 Fletcher Road

Hours of operation: Monday-Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

(717) 245-3701

 

Outdoor Recreation

860 Sumner Road

Monday - Thursday
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Friday

9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Saturday

9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

(717) 245-4616

 

Root Hall Gymnasium

120 Forbes Avenue

Monday - Friday 5 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sunday, Holidays Closed
(717) 245-4343

 

Skills Development Center

870 Jim Thorpe Road

Hours of operation:

Arts & Crafts

Closed Sunday-Monday

T, W, F, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Th 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Sat 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Auto Crafts

Closed Sunday

M-F 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sat 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.


(717)245-3319

(717)245-3156 (Auto)

 

Splash Zone (Swimming Pool)

Located behind the LVCC

Hours of operation (seasonal): Daily, noon-12:50 p.m. (lap swimming), 1-7 p.m. (open swimming)

(717) 245-4029/3560

 

Strike Zone Bowling Center

Located adjacent to Collins Hall (686 Letort Lane)

Hours of operation: Monday- Friday, 11:00 a.m. –9 p.m.

Saturday, noon-9 p.m. 

Sunday, 1- 9 p.m.

Winter hours

Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Saturday 1- 9 p.m. 

Sunday 1- 8 p.m.

(717) 245-4109

 

Thorpe Hall Fitness Center

23 Lovell Avenue

Mon - Fri 5 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Sat 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sun 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Holidays 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

(717) 245-3418

 

  


Carlisle Barracks offering free babysitter certification course

Attention post youth – come learn some valuable and potentially life-saving skills that just might help you earn some extra money by attending one of two upcoming babysitter certification courses.   

Two courses will be offered at the post chapel– one on July 22& 23 and the other on Aug. 4&5. You must attend both days to become certified. The course runs from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and is open to CYSS member 13-18.

Participants will learn fire safety, developmental activities, how to identify child abuse and learn age appropriate activities they can do with the children and how to prepare healthy snacks. They will also receive CPR and first aid training.  

Those who complete the course can be placed on the Carlisle Barracks babysitting list.  People interested in receiving a copy of the babysitting list can get one from Youth Services or the Moore Child Development Center.

Register early – space is limited. Call 245-4555 to register


Thomas Zimmerman, Carlisle Barracks Public Affairs Officer
Exercise tests first responders, installation staff

An exercise participant answers questions about his family’s medical history at the Pandemic Point of Distribution as part of the Carlisle Barracks force protection exercise July 10. The POD would be used in all types of events where the post may need to distribute medical countermeasures or other needed mass supply distribution to our residents during a major catastrophe.

 

You probably didn’t notice but Carlisle Barracks staff and first responders worked hard making sure that all residents, their Families and staff and faculty were safe after a Category 3 Hurricane hit the area and received a letter laced with anthrax.

Of course, this was all just part of the annual force protection exercise held July 8-11 that allowed the garrison and emergency response staff test their plans in the event of an actual emergency.

“It is important to exercise our plans to see what works and what needs improved,” said Barry Shughart, Installation Emergency Manager. “We don't want to try out a plan the first time in a real situation and it also gets everyone familiar with the plans.”

There are multiple agencies on post and off that play a role in crisis situations, both real and exercise. In addition to the law enforcement activities, the firefighters and EMTs have roles, the DFMWR executes a family assistance center, the IOC coordinates with the county and higher headquarters, DPW provides equipment and building expertise and the list goes on.  

The scenario focused on the post’s recovery from a major natural disaster while dealing with a terrorist attack in the form of an anthrax letter, which was part of a national, coordinated attack. The installations’ force protection staff had to decipher and connect the dots on intelligence and law enforcement reports and working with the command to ensure the post was as prepared as possible in the event of an attack.  In the end while the attack injured two post personnel, a wider threat was avoided thanks to the quick actions of the entire emergency response team.

We had the opportunity to work with the Pennsylvania Department of Health on the Strategic National Stockpile distribution from the state and a Pandemic Point of Distribution,” said Shughart. “We used this opportunity to exercise the state's distribution, fully establish and exercise our Point of Distribution operations. This is a plan that would be used in all types of events where we may need to distribute medical countermeasures or other needed mass supply distribution to our residents during a major catastrophe.”

As part of the exercise Carlisle Barracks also established a Family Assistance Center, a place where residents can go during a crisis to get things like mental health counseling, food, showers, shelter, lodging, ID cards, Red Cross help and more during an actual emergency.

This exercise was different than those in the past as it ran over the course of four days, instead of the traditional one-day exercise.

“Our exercise program has 32 capabilities we have to exercise every year and some were are able to test like we did with the Active Shooter exercises in a few building this year, DES's exercises they do each month and our Quarterly Tabletops, “ said Shughart. “The end of year annual Installation Full Scale exercise is a culmination of all these tasks. Spreading it out allows us to experience a more realistic exercise that is closer to how it will probably happen, most events will take more than one day. It allowed us to conduct Recovery operations, which has been a shortfall with most installation and is now a focus that IMCOM wants Installations to exercise.”


Summer Sense – 101 Days of Summer –

Army Substance Abuse Program

 

“Alcohol, Medications and Older People”– information provided by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, alcohol education, LCB-242 05/11 and The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, INC.

 

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.

 

Aging Statistics – provided by US Dept of Health and Human Services Administration on Aging, www.agingstats.gov.

 

39 million people 65+ (2008) of this

  • 6 million 85+ (2008)

Between 2010 and 2030, with the aging of the baby boomer generation (1946 – 1964), this will reach 72 million or 20% of total.

Pennsylvania is a state with the 3rd highest percentage of older adults – 15.3% - behind Florida and West Virginia.

 

Abuse of alcohol and prescription drugs by those over 60 is one of the fastest growing health problems in the United States.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Identifying, intervening with, and supporting individuals can lead to a better quality of life for older adults.

 

Peer support providers can recognize some of the unique recovery needs of older adults.

 

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:

 

www.aging.state.pa.us

 

 

 

 

 


Prep work for water tower painting to begin July 14

In order to start site work for the repainting of the water tower on Butler and Sumner Roads, fencing will be placed in the work area starting Monday, July 14.

The painting project is expected to begin later that week and while work is in progress, flagmen will direct traffic in the area.

The project will make repairs to the existing elevated water storage tank that is located between Butler Road and Sumner Road. The tanks capacity is 200,000 gallons and was built by Chicago Bridge & Iron in the year 1937. Repair work will include safety upgrades, some foundation and structural repairs and protective coating repair to both the exterior and interior of the tank.


Wright Ave Road Closure July 15

On July 15, motorists will use Liggett Ave to access the rear CSLD parking lot. Access to the front parking lot will still be possible when entering from Forbes Ave. 

There will also be a TEMPORARY change in the one-way traffic direction on Letort Lane during construction. Traffic will now exit via the Root Hall side of Letort Lane and enter near the post bowling alley. This is the opposite direction of the normal traffic flow. Normal traffic patterns will resume around noon.

Signs will be posted to alert drivers of the traffic changes.


Upcoming MWR events, trips, tickets, more

Outdoor Recreation:  717-245-4616

Appalachian Trail Three Day Backpacking Trip

--July 18-20

--Pretrip meeting July 17,  5pm

--Depart from Outdoor Recreation July 18 , 5pm

--Return to post on July 20, 1pm

--All equipment provided $75 per person

 

Try Whitewater in an Inflatable Kayak

--July 26

--Depart from Outdoor Recreation at 7am

--Return to post by 6pm

--$105 per person lunch provided

--Reservations Required NLT July 11

 

Diamondback Sport Mountain Bike Rentals

--Frame Sizes Available 16in, 18 in,20in, 22in

--$20 a day

--$40 a weekend

--$60 a week

--Bike helmets included

 

Car bike racks for rent

--$5 a day

--$10 a weekend

 

Rail to Trail Bike Rides

--Led by Outdoor Recreation

--Please call us for information

 

Strike Zone Bowling Center:  717-245-3027

Get Your Summer Saver Card Today

--Good through August 31

 

90 degree Guarantee

--Now - August 29

--5pm-Close

--When temps reach 90 degrees come in THAT DAY and bowl for $.90 per game!

--Shoe Rental will also be $.90

--If there is a Bowling League that evening or a Sunday the special will

defer to the next day.

 

Leisure Travel Services:  717-245-4048

New York City Day Trip

--July 19

--Depart CBKS 7:30am

--Return home approx. 11:30pm

--$60 Adults/ Child 5 +

--Includes: Transportation, Fees, Bus Leader & Admission to Ground Zero

--Meals & Touring "On Your Own"

 

Hershey Park 2014, 1 Day Admission Discount Tickets

--$37.00 Adults (save $21.85)

--$34.50 Junior (3-8) (save $4.30)

--$34.50 Seniors (55-69) (save $4.30)

 

Frozen on Ice Tickets at the Giant Center

--Call us for details

 

For more information visit www.carlislemwr.com or www.facebook.com/CarlisleFMWR


Garrison Lane water outage set for July 14

DPW has a scheduled water outage Monday July 14 from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Tuesday July 15 for homes on Garrison Lane, Washington Hall and Dunham Clinic. We appreciate your patience as we attempt to locate a significant water leak on post.


Class of 2015: First of two resident phases deepens distance students’ learning, relationships

Students in the USAWC Distance Class of 2015 exchanged views on strategic leadership with colleagues, professors, and prominent national security scholars and practitioners at Carlisle, June 15-27.  For these veterans of yearlong online engagements, face-to-face engagements were a welcome way to deepen the relationships that will support them in the second year of the two-year program and beyond graduation.

Cmdr. Dave Goodwin briefs students about the Office of the Legislative Liaison during the small group visit to the House of Representatives. 

The Army War College Distance Education program delivers the two-year curriculum both online and in two resident sessions.  The Army Reserve has the most students enrolled with 151 officers. The Army National Guard is a close second with 140 officers, and 48 active Army officers are enrolled to take advantage of remote learning. Diverse perspectives are introduced to seminar discussions by students from other services and federal agencies, such as the Department of State, as well as officers from countries such as Spain and Moldova. In total, eight Marine Corps officers, two Air Force officers, 10 civilians and eight international fellows joined with U.S. Army colleagues throughout the two-week course.  

The resident phase exposes students to lectures and activities designed to give them a grounding in strategic thinking. Retired Marine Gen. James Cartwright, the former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, opened the first week by speaking with the students about their responsibility as leaders to understand the world and build on their Army War College education. The Army’s Inspector General, Lt. Gen. Peter Vangjel, addressed strategic leader ethics, and Dr. Richard Betts discussed American Grand Strategy.  Betts is the director of the International Security Policy Program at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Ambassador Daniel Kurtzer spoke to the class about diplomacy as an instrument of power, calling on his current scholar role Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and on his previous experience as U.S. Ambassador to Egypt and, later, to Israel.

“The number and quality of speakers the past two weeks was phenomenal, as was the opportunity to participate in informal discussion with people like Amb. Kurtzer,” said Army student Col. Paul Landry. "A big part of the first resident course is access to a wealth of knowledge and the opportunity to peel back the onion, as my seminar instructor explained.”

The speakers’ slate included a wide spectrum of expertise and experience, selected to explore the full spectrum of national power – diplomacy, economics, information, and military.  Robin Wright, a joint fellow at the United States Institute of Peace and former journalist, addressed Iran’s security dilemma in the context of the Arab Spring. Retired Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden, former director of both the Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency, discussed information operations; and Dr. Richard Neu, a senior economist with RAND Corp. and professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School, addressed the economic instrument of power.  Dr. Michael O’Hanlon of the Brookings Institute discussed the future of Landpower.

 “The small group interaction and the ability to come back into the seminar room and have the faculty facilitate the conversation enabled students to share opinions and experiences in a collaborative learning environment,” said Landry, who is chief of the Joint Staff for the Massachusetts National Guard.

“I enjoyed the lecture series’ impressive list of subject matter experts” said Pa. Army National Guard student Lt. Col. Mark Pike, who singled out Dr. O’Hanlon’s presentation as particularly useful.

The students’ Carlisle experience included an Antietam Battlefield staff ride to explore strategic leader decision-making during this historically significant battle which pushed Confederate forces from Maryland.

“I had been to Antietam before, but Dr. Paul Jussel did an amazing job of pulling it all together,” said Landry about the USAWC faculty member and lead historian.

The National Security Staff Ride to Washington, D.C. linked students in small groups with leadership and staff of multiple federal and international offices, to include 20 embassies. “The objectives for the Washington D.C. National Security Staff Ride are to give the students a perspective on international and domestic organizations that influence national policy and enhance their understanding of the interagency process, foreign government interaction, and the role of governmental and non-governmental agencies in the national security process,” said Col. Harold Hinton, director of the USAWC First Resident Course.

Dr.Paul Jussel (center) with students at the Antietam Battlefield staff ride.

Two small groups spent a full day engaging with Members and staff of the House of Representatives and Senate, such as Congressman Chris Gibson.  Army Chief Legislative Liaison Brig. Gen. Laura Richardson discussed the wide scope of interactions that Army Legislative Liaison office has with Congress – shedding light on relationships unfamiliar to many students, they noted.

“The OCLL briefing was very informative as it illuminated the difference between personal staff, professional staff and other staff members,” said Army Reserve student Lt. Col. Janice Vanalstine, a nurse with the 4225th U.S. Army Hospital in Fort Harrison, Mont.  

"Visits to the embassies are important for a couple reasons, both having to do with an opportunity for our students to listen, apply critical analysis and hopefully gain deeper insight and understanding,” said Prof. Mark Eshelman.  “For example, our students have a chance to consider how our interests match-up with the nations whose embassies they visit, and how they might not match up.  We also have an opportunity to gain cultural insight,” he added.

“The visit to the Chinese embassy highlighted the tensions between our two countries, military-to-military interaction, and lots of opportunity to gain a better understanding,” said Army National Guard student Lt. Col Phil Macchi, with the Rhode Island National Guard Special Operations Detachment – Global.

Students meet with an official at the Chinese embassy.

Army Reserve student Col. Jean Henderson, chief of personnel at the 335th Signal Command visited the Israeli Embassy. “I learned the complexity of the strategic problems we have and how difficult it is to negotiate the alliances we currently have when our allies have opposing views on the issues,” said Henderson.

At the conclusion of the First Resident Course, USAWC Commandant Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp spoke with the class about the importance of a values-based command climate, empowering subordinates, and the moral courage needed for a senior commander to succeed.

As students headed home to begin their second year of studies, the Army announced Senate confirmation of promotion to the rank of brigadier general for the following distance education graduates of the Army War College:  colonels James Blankenhorn, David Elwell, Steven Eveker, Darrell Guthrie, Mary-Kate Leahy, Frederick Maiocco, Joe Robinson, Richard Staats, Kelly Wakefield, Jason Walrath, and Donna Williams. 


AMEDD Officers graduate from Senior Service Colleges

Attending a senior service college such as the Army War College or National Defense University may not be a top-of-mind concern for many Army Medicine officers, but those at senior service colleges now say that it’s a great opportunity for those who want to expand their knowledge of strategy and progress in their career.

For academic year 2014, 20 Army Medicine officers were students in one of the senior service colleges or participated in the Army War College fellows program. Officers in the fellows program participate in a unique 10-month program that places them at various universities, allied service schools, civilian ”think tanks”, corporations, and government agencies. There were 7 Army Medicine officers in the Army War College resident class of 2014 that graduated June 6.  

Col. Kerrie J. Golden, who holds a doctorate in physical therapy, has been one of the Army War College fellows at the Department of Veterans Affairs. “I have learned a great deal about the complexity of interagency relationships - looking at things from a different perspective - a much more strategic viewpoint,” said Golden. A fellowship is a great opportunity to jump into meetings, go to think tanks, and investigate all different kinds of learning opportunities in the D.C. area, she said.

Army Medicine’s U.S. Army War College 2014 graduates (From left), Lt. Col. Clifford Gehrke, Lt. Col. James Burk, Lt. Col. Teresa Brininger, Col. Deydre Teyhen, Col. Steven Greiner, Col. Gary Wheeler (not pictured, Lt. Col. Roberto Nogueras)

“Effective leaders never stop learning,” said Lt. Col. Steve Greiner, a veterinarian, who attended the Army War College in Carlisle, Pa. and found that it’s important preparation for the challenges of his next assignment as Chief of Staff for Northern Regional Medical Command.

“If you want to be a relevant and effective leader for Army Medicine operating in the joint, interagency, intergovernmental and multinational environment, you need to attend a senior service college,” said Greiner. The Army War College has the highest number of international fellows, contributing to an exceptionally robust global strategy perspective. The War College refreshes its curriculum and experiential opportunities regularly, like the addition of an oral comprehensive exam, to help the student become a strategic-thinking leader who is immediately valuable in their next assignment.

Col. David Gibson, a medical logistician, graduated from the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy June 12. “It has a core curriculum that includesmilitary strategy and logistics, strategic leadership, national security strategy, industry analytics, acquisition, and the international comparative business environment,” he said.

“Personally, I was interested in the healthcare and supply chain management track and chose the financial services industry study.  The curriculum, exposure to senior leaders from the U.S. and other governments, and opportunities to meet with high-level industry officials made the overall experience priceless.

“The DoD is facing key challenges regarding force structure, readiness and modernization as a result of precipitous cuts due to sequestration and the Business Case Analysis Policy. Although we don't know exactly how that balance will be achieved or what specific systems, platforms, or medical technologies will be used in the future--many of the leaders that will live with the consequences of today's decisions are in our ranks now,” said Gibson.  “Therefore, investing in their development is one effort we can pursue that is certain to shape the future environment.”

AMEDD officers interested in strategic-level opportunities for professional development can start early by applying for the Company Grade Strategic Broadening Program, as well as the online Defense Strategy Course, for majors and lieutenant colonels, both offered by the Army War College. Lieutenant Colonels and Colonels may apply for admission to a senior service college or fellowship all of which are highly competitive and designed to produce graduates who are skilled critical thinkers able solve complex problems at the senior most levels of the military.

See this article and related articles in the July edition of the Mercury, http://armymedicine.mil/Documents/July_Mercury_2014HR.pdf


The senior leader staff ride is an integral part of the resident and distance education programs. Learn more about the lessons of Gettysburg Battlefield.

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Carlisle Barracks conducting exercise week of July 8

Carlisle Barracks will be conducting a force protection exercise the week of July 8. During the week residents and visitors may notice an increase in emergency response activities, but they are only part of the exercise.


Angie Marpoe, Public Affairs Office
Carlisle Barracks Chapel hosts area religious leaders for Gettysburg staff ride

Carlisle Barracks Memorial Chapel leadership and community members hosted 29 area religious leaders for a Gettysburg Staff Ride June 10. Here the group poses for a photo in front of a monument of Father William Corby, chaplain to the 88th Regiment New York Infantry, 2nd Brigade 1st Division 2nd Corps, at the famed battlefield.

 

June 10, 2014 -- The rain held off  for leadership from the Army War College Memorial Chapel, who hosted 29 area religious leaders for a staff ride to the Gettysburg Battlefield.

The trip, organized and planned by Carlisle Barracks Family Life Chaplain  (Lt. Col.) William Barbee and guided by historians David Myers and Doug Johnson, was intended to be an outreach to our community, providing local clergy an opportunity for an educational venue, according to Barbee.

“The trip involved history and spiritual lessons we can learn from each event,” he said.   

The group traveled the grounds of Gettysburg by bus, with stops at many of the prominent locations of the battlefield. Some of the stops included Little and Big Round Top, the 20thMaine Monument and others before ending the day at the cemetery.

The tour guides spoke about the role of religion for the Army and how it tied into the Battle of Gettysburg.   

“The three most important things a Soldier would carry were a deck of cards, a journal and a Bible,” said Chap. Art Pace, a former Carlisle Barracks Chaplain himself.       

This is the first year the chapel has sponsored  this event, choosing Gettysburg because it’s a historic battlefield and they have access to expertise, such as Myers and Johnson. This trip provided “an opportunity for local community to understand what we do here and what the military is about,” said Barbee. 

Rev. William Forrey, pastor of Saint Patrick Church and Rev. Ryan Fischer expressed their gratitude in thank you letters.

“You conveyed to us warmth, gratitude and appreciation which in turn helped to encourage us to better understand the objectives of the United States Armed Forces,” said Forrey.

“This was actually my first time visiting the battlefield at Gettysburg, and most assuredly will not be the last,” said Fischer. “Hearing these stories, as a future priest, helps me to better integrate the understanding of this great nation in which I, God willing, will one day minister.”


Post child care center moving to temporary location

The award winning and recently re-accredited Moore Child Development Center is on the move – but only for 8-12 weeks as a new heating and cooling system is installed.

The 20-year-old system has had numerous failures over the years and is no longer cost effective to be repaired, according to Tom Kelly, Public Works director.

The work will encompass designing and installing a complete and fully operational replacement for the existing failing heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system within the facility, replacement of all the facility Acoustical Ceiling Tile and to provide insulation above the new Acoustical Ceiling Tile to a R-49 rating for the FMWR Child Development Center. The new replacement HVAC system will be approximately 30% more energy-efficient than the current system which will reduce operating costs and will be able to provide more comfort to the inhabitants of the facility by being able to provide  zone heating and cooling controls of the spaces within the facility during the day. The new system will also be able to provide the required nighttime set back of the HVAC system when the facility is not in use which in turn will provide additional energy savings and comply with current Army mandates.

Starting June 30, all CDC programs will be located at 842 Wright Avenue, near the Commissary. In order to continue to provide quality care and maintain ratios, hourly care will be closed and no new enrollments will be accepted.

The new space has been configured to meet all safety, security and health guidelines, according to Mel Irwin, Child, Youth and School Services Coordinator.

“The building has an open floor plan that enable staff to be in line of sight of each other,” said Irwin.  

“CDC will maintain its open door policy for parents who are always invited to stop in at any time of the day. The building has been inspected by Fire, environmental, safety and water tested, and Inspections will be conducted monthly.” All current staff-child ratios will be maintained and each member of the staff has current background checks.

To ensure a safe environment, modifications to the former Thrift Shop are being made by DPW, like finger guards and chimes on doors, corner guards, and locks for cabinets. Food service and prep will be done at the LVCC by CDC food service staff and new containers have been purchased to transport food safely. The staff will escort the children to nearby on-post playground for outdoor activities. The preschool youth will also go to the swimming pool and bowling alley.

The work was scheduled for this time of year because enrollments are typically lighter during the summer as the Families of the War College transition to their next assignments. The recent accreditation process also delayed the start time as the CDC was required to be in their current location for their review.

While the CDC will not be accepting new enrollments, the also-accredited Tierman Child Development Center at Letterkenny is available for Families as well as the post babysitter list that can obtained from the CDC.

The CDC staff will starting packing June 16 and will starting moving supplies and equipment June 25. The first day in the new facility is June 30. The renovations are expected to be complete and the Moore Center re-opened in September.