Banner Archive for July 2016

Army releases tool to educate Soldiers on selection board process

FORT KNOX, Ky. -- An online training tool for Soldiers interested in understanding how the enlisted selection board process works is now available.

The tool, which is meant to provide Soldiers with an interactive learning experience of the selection board process, consists of an online video with printable training aids. The video is 49 minutes long and covers what a Department of the Army selection board is; how board members are chosen; how boards work; and how to prepare for your next board.

The video also details the different types of selection boards, including the Qualitative Management Program and the Qualitative Service Program. The last eight minutes of the video is a mock board that is designed to place Soldiers themselves in the position of board members and simulate the experience of grading and rating four different candidates.

The tool was developed over the course of seven months by the Department of the Army Secretariat at Army Human Resources Command.

"We waited to start the video until the release of the new (Noncommissioned Officer Evaluation Report) so we could incorporate it and the Select Train Educate Promote program into the presentation," said Master Sgt. Tamika DeVeaux-Wallace, noncommissioned officer in charge, DA Secretariat.

"Additionally, this tool goes into great detail. We reference several different regulations and explain concepts that can help Soldiers grow more successfully in their careers. For example, how something like a broadening assignment can assist a Soldier's career and change how a board member views their file."

Soldiers have always had training on how to prepare for a selection board, but they were not always educated on why they had to prepare the way they do, according to Capt. Michael Hebert, a board recorder for DA Secretariat Selection Boards.

While the information has always been available, culling the knowledge from the different sources could be a daunting task for an NCO, especially for one who does not work in human resources and is unfamiliar with the relevant regulations.

The video also works to dispel misconceptions Soldiers may have about what actually happens during a board.

"Some Soldiers still believe that board members confer with one another and can have influence on the way other members rate a specific Soldier," said DeVeaux-Wallace. "That just isn't the case. Board members cannot speak to one another while reviewing files."

In 2012 several policies were changed that tightened the rules and regulations governing selection boards, said Hebert. Nevertheless, many Soldiers still have misconceptions about the process despite the years that have passed since the changes were made.

"Soldiers still believe those myths," Hebert said. "This is a tool to dispel those myths. Any NCO can go to the YouTube video, let their Soldiers see it. Then they are all taught by the very people who run the boards, and the information comes from all the regulations we have to follow. It addresses all the trends we see and can now stimulate a conversation for them at their level."

What is the ‘heat index’ and why you should care

You've all heard the term "heat index" used in a weather forecast on those hot, humid summer days, but do you know what it actually measures and why it's important to our health?

In simplest terms, the heat index is the "feels-like" temperature, or how hot it really feels when the relative humidity is factored in with the actual air temperature.

Your body cools itself by the evaporation of persperation from your skin. On a hot, humid day, less evaporation of sweat occurs, diminishing the body's ability to cool itself.

The Dunham Environmental Health is monitoring the Heat index and will report the Heat Category as needed to help prevent heat injury. The Heat Index is reported when it reaches Category 3. Once it hits this level, you should consider limiting or even cancelling outdoor activities, especially for young children and others with pre-existing health conditions.

The process is not done by a regular thermometer reading or what the temperature is but by a special device that is calibrated to monitor the Heat Index


The Dunham Environmental Health Office monitors the heat index using this monitor, set up near the Army Community Services building on Wright Ave.


When the body gets too hot, it begins to perspire or sweat to cool itself off. If the perspiration is not able to evaporate, the body cannot regulate its temperature.  Evaporation is a cooling process. When perspiration is evaporated off the body, it effectively reduces the body's temperature. When the atmospheric moisture content (i.e. relative humidity) is high, the rate of perspiration from the body decreases. In other words, the human body feels warmer in humid conditions. 

The opposite is true when the relative humidity decreases because the rate of perspiration increases. The body actually feels cooler in arid conditions.  There is direct relationship between the air temperature and relative humidity and the heat index, meaning as the air temperature and relative humidity increase (decrease), the heat index increases (decreases).


What is "wet bulb?"

Wet Bulb Globe Temperature (WBGT) is a composite temperature used to estimate the effect of temperature, humidity, wind speed, and solar radiation (e.g., sunlight). The WBGT index was developed in 1956 by the United States Marine Corps at Parris Island to reduce heat stress injuries in recruits. It is determined with special equipment and calculated to reflect components of air, humidity and wind that affect ‘actual temperature’ experienced by personnel.

Once the "wet bulb" level hits 3, notices are sent to building managers, directors and fire responders so they can make denetminations about planning outdoor activities. For more information on how to prevent heat illness check out this guide.  



Welcome new students, families:  Activities, events & good-to-know information

Opportunities abound for new Army War College students and their families to learn more about their new community during a series of welcome events over the next few weeks. Check out the list below, the Banner Online at, the on-post digital signage and the Community Calendar at

You can also find great information in our "Fast Facts" guide.

And, use the one-shot calendar as your scheduling start-point.


See the Welcome Student site for details on acronyms used within the One-Shot Calendar.

Aug. 1-5 - Vacation Bible School at Post Chapel

One of the first opportunities for kids to get to know each other before the school year is the annual Vacation Bible School at the post chapel, which is set for Aug. 1-5 this year. The program is aimed at children aged 4 through 6th grade. Kids can be registered at the post chapel at 455 Mara Circle. Volunteers are welcome for kids and teens 7th- 12th grade. For more information or to register call 245-4330.

2- High School Welcome Jam

Informal, fun, and free for High School Teens in grades 9-12, scheduled for Tuesday, August 2 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the McConnell Youth Center. Find old friends and meet new ones through ice-breakers, group games, dancing, and food.

3- Middle School Welcome Jam

For school students in grades 6-8: scheduled for Wed., August 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the McConnell Youth Center: free with ice-breakers, group games, dancing, food.

4- Elementary School Ice Cream Social

Ice cream and fun is the way for children in K-5th grade to enjoy their own 'ice' breaker: scheduled for Thursday, August 4, from 6 to 8 p.m.

5- Downtown Carlisle to host ‘Welcome Jam’ for new War College families as part of First Friday event

The Carlisle Community will unofficially welcome the Class of 2017 and their Families during a Restaurant Walk & Welcome Jam from 5 to 8 p.m.  There will be food tasting, live music, activities for the whole family and more. Area restaurants will have a priced fixed menu and specials as part of their “First Friday” events, which run during the summer. Families are encouraged to “check in” at the Downtown Carlisle Association tent on the square for a map of downtown and the opportunity win prizes good at local restaurants and businesses.

8-12 - British Soccer Camp
The annual camp is designed for kids of all ages from 3 to 16. Each day includes individual foot skills, technical drills, tactical practices, small-sided games, coached scrimmages and daily tournaments. For more information visit

9-10 - Thope Fitness Center closed for County Fair

The Jim Thorpe Fitness Center will close at 8 a.m. Aug. 9 and will repoen on Aug. 11. The 2016 County Fair will be held in Thorpe Hall Aug. 10.

11- Local School Orientation

Held in the Army War College’s Bliss Hall, a local school district orientation for parents will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Representatives from local school districts will be on hand to provide an introduction to their schools and answer questions from parents during breakout sessions.

10- County fair is your key to community services, opportunities

County Fair, Aug. 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., is a great one-day opportunity for newcomers to check out the activities located on Carlisle Barracks, and the businesses and organizations in the Carlisle area. More than 150 organizations participate in this event from area restaurants, churches, specialty stores, news outlets and non-profit organizations, to post activities and services providing information on fitness classes, youth sports, trips and equipment rental, medical services, child care and more. You can find out more by visiting their booths at the LVCC, Jim Thorpe Gym and Lovell Ave.

12- Class of 2016 Convocation

The 10-month graduate-level program for the Class of ’17 will officially begin with a convocation ceremony in Bliss Hall starting at 8 a.m.

12- Class of 2017 Opening Ceremony

Join your fellow students, staff and faculty of the Army War College and Carlisle Barracks for a memorable set of presentations:  a drill team demonstration by the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry Regiment, the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps traditional performance, and a concert by the U.S. Army Band - Pershing's Own, followed by a retreat ceremony Aug. 12 at 4 p.m.

12- Welcome Picnic and Boatyard Wars

Immediately following the Opening Ceremony, the Welcome Picnic and Boatyard Wars is a family-friendly event for Army War College students and their families to get to know each other and engage in friendly competition. A rain-or-shine event held at the pavilion behind the Letort View Community Center, features a BBQ buffet, a “kids corner” featuring a bounce house, coloring contest and more. For more information visit

14- Ice Cream Social at the Post Chapel

Join the combined chapel community at the Chapel Pavilion at 4 p.m. for an ice cream social. Meet new people, make friends and learn more about your new community.

17- Emergency Services Open House

The annual event includes police and fire fighting equipment displays, and child ID cards.  McGruff the Crime Dog and Sparky the Fire Dog will also drop by at the event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

19- “Jim Thorpe All American” featured at outdoor film night

Bring your lawn chairs and coolers for a free outdoor movie featuring on of the most decorated athletes in American history and former Carlisle Indian Industrial School student Jim Thorpe on Indian Field. “Gates” open at 7 p.m., with the movie starting around 8:15 p.m. (or dusk). All attendees will receive free candy and popcorn and other snacks will be available. The movie serves as the kick-off to the Strategic Art Film Program, which runs throughout the academic year.

22- First day of school, Carlisle School District

24- Carlisle Barracks Spouses’ Club Super Sign Up

Held at the LVCC from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. learn more about the opportunities available with the Spouses Club. For more information

USAWC Provost to retire, triggers nationwide search

July 25, 2016 -- USAWC Commandant Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp announced today that Dr. Lance Betros, Army War College Provost, will retire as of December 2016.

"As the first provost of the U.S. Army War College, Dr. Lance Betros proved absolutely superb in synchronizing the work of the many elements of the War College into an integrated whole," said Rapp.  "He will leave knowing that he made the Army War College a much better place.

"His work has left a legacy of excellence for us all -- on faculty credentialing, design of both leader-development and idea-developments lines of effort here, and institutionalizing the process for Integrated Research Projects, among many investments in Army War College academic excellence," added Rapp.

To maintain the trajectory of his work here, we will soon appoint a search committee to interview candidates to fill the provost position. The announcement for the position of Provost, US Army War College, will appear on USA Jobs within days.

Curt Keester, USAWC Public Affairs Office

Lt. Gen. Kadavy welcomes new graduates to USAWC family

July 22, 2016 – Smiles, laughs, high-fives, hugs, and posing for photos showed the enthusiasm when new graduates of the U.S. Army War College’s Distance Education Class of 2016 emerged triumphant from two years’ of relentless studies. They walked one by one across the Wheelock Bandstand to be congratulated by the dean, provost, commandant, and graduation speaker Lt. Gen. Timothy J. Kadavy, director of the Army National Guard.  

Friends, family and professional colleagues assembled on Carlisle Barracks’ historic parade field to watch and cheer as the senior officers of the US Army and sister Services, and selected federal civilians joined the long line of distinguished men and women to graduate from the U.S. Army War College, among them Eisenhower, Bradley and Schwarzkopf.

“What a superb day, and not just in terms of the weather. It’s a great day because of the significance of the achievements of these students over a demanding 27-month journey here at the Army War College. They have earned this day,” said Commandant Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp as he introduced Lt. Gen. Kadavy.

“You are ready to move out,” Kadavy said to the student body. “Whether or not you realize it, you’ve made a transformation from a proven, highly successful tactical leader to someone who can step up, step in and provide sound advice to our most senior strategic leaders both civilian and military.”

Lt. Gen. Timothy Kadavy, director of the Army National Guard, addresses graduates of the U.S. Army War College’s Distance Education Class of 2016  at  Carlisle Barracks today.

You’ll be counted upon to help shape the immediate and long-term future of the United States military, said Kadavy. Have the courage to effect change when change is needed, and to grow and evolve as you move forward. The nation needs you to be ready and to evolve to meet the ever changing challenges facing our all-volunteer force, he said.

Our Army needs leaders of character who will be able to adapt and overcome in an ever-changing world, he said. “Combat experience alone will not ensure success. Leaders of character will.”

“You’ve been thoroughly tested and found completely worthy of the moniker, “Graduate of the U.S. Army War College” and, indeed, we are proud of each and every one of you,” he said in closing.

Students find relief, reward

“It’s worth the effort, at the nadir of my physical and mental energy during this course -- with two brand new babies, working around the Pentagon, and having to do forums and [write] papers. At the darkest pit there’s a light, and that light is the day you graduate,” said Lt. Col. Thomas Pickle Jr., the deputy chief of training for the U.S. Army National Guard.

Soon to be graduates to the U.S. Army War College’s Distance Education Program show their enthusiasm at the Class of 2016 graduation ceremony.

 “This was definitely a capstone educational event for me personally, not just for my professional career, but as a personal goal, wanting to come to the Carlisle Barracks and be a War College student and a War College graduate,” said Pickle. “I feel like I can retire now.”

Pickle and others will return to worldwide assignments where they’ve already been applying war college insights on the job as they worked through the two-year curriculum -- about strategic leadership, decision-making, planning, international relations, and defense management, among the range of topics.  They will work in state Guard units across the nation, Army and Reserve organizations, in Cyber Command, Medical units, Corps of Engineers, Acquisition, Intelligence, Logistics, Infantry, Armor and others.

“It was a fantastic experience, said Colin Bosse. “I was a little apprehensive, knowing that I was going to be one of the first congressional staffers to take the course, but once we got into the material and working with our classmates it was very collaborative. And, the instructors were extremely helpful and would take time to help you learn in a way that anybody could grasp,” he said. One of three congressional staffers in the class, Bosse works on the House Arms Services Committee.

“It took a lot of grit, passion and perseverance to get through this course.” said Army Lt. Col. Anna Haberzettl, the training and education coordinator in the Peace Operations Division at the Peacekeeping & Stability Operations Institute here at the U.S. Army War College. “It really elevated my level of thinking,” she said, noting that she’d applied these deeper thinking skills in her work projects. “While we were learning joint operations planning, we were instructing [that topic] in Morocco to Moroccans and other international officers.”

Lt. Col. Anna Haberzettl greets a faculty member during the graduation ceremony of the U.S. Army War College’s Distance Education Program.

The graduating class of 2016 includes 47 Army, 134 Army National Guard, 146 Army Reserve, 1 Navy, 14 Marine, and 5 Air Force officers. Also included are 15 senior civilians from a broad range of federal service agencies along with 3 international fellows from Kosovo, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.

Iowa’s Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Tim Orr is a 2003 graduate who returned to Carlisle Barracks to congratulate two Iowa Guard officers, Lt. Col. David Updegraff and Lt. Col. Mark Coble, as well as the Kosovo officer.   Brig. Gen. Zhavit Gashi is the first distance education graduate from Kosovo.

“I think the baseline of education has allowed me to move forward as a leader in the Iowa National Guard,” said Orr about his own Army War College education. “It prepared me for future assignments I didn’t know I was going to have. To be the adjutant general of the state of Iowa is an honor …. It prepared me for disasters. It prepared me for the war,” said Orr.

“We’re a profession of arms and the War College is a way for us to continue our professionalism and take our leaders to the next level. That’s education, that’s training, that’s mentorship – and that’s done here at Carlisle and I don’t think it can be done any better at the Army War College.

Lt. Col. Dirk Christian was awarded the AWC Foundation Best Personal Experience Monograph Writing Award for his research paper, “Operation ENDURING HARVEST: Developing the Laghman Province Agribusiness Campaign Plan,” completed with the mentorship of Project Adviser Col. Charles Grindle.

Faculty and staff of the U.S. Army War College’s Distance Education Program make their official entry at 2016 Class graduation ceremony held here today.








Summer Sense Campaign – Second Hand Drinking

Information taken from the site of, Lisa Frederiksen Associates, LLC.

The organizing mission of our local, state and national public agencies is to serve the greater good. To accomplish this mission, agency personnel must have the ability to focus.

Two things in particular can compromise this focus – coping with SHD and engaging in alcohol misuse. These two things often cause job and family stress, as well, which further compromises a person’s ability to focus.

Impacts of Secondhand Drinking are as Real as those of Secondhand Smoking

The science is now available to help the 90 million Americans who struggle with secondhand drinking change how they cope with and how they protect themselves from the negative impacts of a person’s drinking behaviors. Drinking behaviors occur with alcohol misuse, which is when a person drinks more than their liver can metabolize causing the ethyl alcohol chemicals in alcoholic beverages to change the brain’s cell-to-cell communication. This in turn changes a person’s behaviors and results in their doing things they just wouldn’t do if sober, such as: verbal, physical or emotional abuse, crazy arguments, yelling, blaming, shaming, sexual assault, DUI, passing out, showing up for work hungover….

Secondhand drinking – the other side of alcohol misuse – the coping with the negative impacts of a person’s drinking behaviors on others – directlyaffects 90 million Americans. These are the husbands, wives, parents, children, siblings, grandparents, boyfriends, girlfriends and co-workers who repeatedly deal with another person’s drinking behaviors.

They represent approximately one-third the population; up to 40% of a workforce and five timesthe number of people whose drinking patterns are causing drinking behaviors.

These drinking behaviors include: verbal, physical or emotional abuse, driving while impaired, domestic violence, committing a crime or sexual assault, to name a few.

Drinking behaviors are not intentional. Rather they are what happen when the ethyl alcohol chemical in alcoholic beverages changes the way the brain works.

Through contact with people directly affected by secondhand drinking, millions more Americans are indirectly affected. Co-workers, classmates, in-laws and extended family members, roommates, teachers, law enforcement officers and the like typically fall into this group.

In other words – Secondhand Drinking – the Other Side of Alcohol Misuse – poses a significant cost to companies and public agencies; costs very similar to those imposed on the workplace by persons who misuse alcohol.

The Science Behind the Impacts of Secondhand Drinking

When a person regularly deals with someone’s drinking behaviors, it changes them. It changes them mostly because the emotions it triggers (fear, anxiety or anger, for example) trigger the brain’s Fight-or-Flight Stress Response System (FFSR).

Secondhand Drinking in the Workplace

Secondhand Drinking (SHD)’s influence impacts the workplace in three ways:

  • directly through an employee who causes it (i.e., an employee who misuses alcohol either on the job, at lunch or the night before a work day)
  • directly through an employee experiencing it personally
  • indirectly through exposure to either or both of the above.

In other words, SHD crosses spectrums from those directly affected by SHD — family members living with someone whose behaviors change when they drink, for example — to a co-worker whose own workplace experience suffers as a consequence of their fellow-employee’s ongoing exposure to SHD.

To get a further sense of the kinds of direct and indirect affects of SHD in the workplace, consider the jobs a person experiencing it or a person causing it might do:

  • Drive company vehicles (fire truck, police car, school bus, logging truck)
  • Operate machinery
  • Handle chemicals
  • Handle confidential ideas, products, plans or documents
  • Handle cash, accounting, inventory or stock
  • Represent the company at conferences or in the public eye
  • Monitor computers, nuclear power dials, air traffic control
  • Manage employees
  • Be one of a team providing health, safety or defense services (e.g., firefighters, police, military)

Here are some numbers to further put SHD workplace impacts into perspective:

  • Over one-third of employees reported at least one of their coworkers had been distracted, less productive or missed work because of alcohol or drug abuse or alcoholism or drug addiction within their family.
  • More than half of working family members of alcoholics report that their own ability to function at work and at home was negatively impacted by their family member’s drinking.
  • Alcoholism is estimated to cost 500 million lost workdays annually, which imposes a burden on co-workers.
  • Fourteen percent of employees in one survey said they had to re-do work within the preceding year because of a co-worker’s drinking.
  • Employees who drink heavily away from work are more likely than other employees to exhibit job withdrawal behaviors, such as spending work time on non-work-related activities, taking long lunch breaks, leaving early, or sleeping on the job, which then impacts the workload, job satisfaction and safety of other employees. These same types of behaviors are also exhibited by the family member or close friend who constantly cope with SHD away from work.
  • Employees who drink heavily off the job are more likely to experience hangovers that cause them to be absent from work; show up late or leave early; feel sick at work; perform poorly; or argue with their coworkers, which also impacts fellow employees’ workplace experiences as well as their health, wellness and safety.

Bottom Line

It is no wonder SHD can affect up to 40% of a company or public agency’s workforce.

Attacking the underlying problem, a person’s drinking behaviors, from the other side – preventing and protecting oneself from secondhand drinking – offers a sea change opportunity.

Providing employees with the science of Secondhand Drinking – its causes, impacts and remedies – via the workplace can produce a counter ripple effect of equal force. For it is in the workplace that millions of Americans typically spend 8 hours/day, 5 days a week, often 50 weeks/year.

This is good for employees, it is good for public agency missions and it is good for a company or public agency’s bottom line.

For additional information and/or references contact the Army Substance Abuse Program at 245 – 4576.



Water main break causes temporary outages

Due to continued work on a water main repair near 632 Wright Ave., water outages and work on Liggett Ave will continue into next week. Temporary repairs are being made that will restore water and as much preparation work will be done in order to minimize the duration of water outages.  The following quarters and buildings will be affected at times:

Quarters 747, 749, 751, 753, 754, 755, 756, 758, 760

Bldgs 609, 627, 632, 637

There will be a water outage for buildings 609, 627, 632 and 637 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 22 as DPW repairs the water main break.

Get your kids engaged right away with CYSS programs

The gateway to the world of on-post youth activities is the Carlisle Barracks Child, Youth & School Services. Before your child can start taking advantage of the great programs, registration is necessary. To register for the Moore Child Development Center fill out these forms to register for School Age Care at the newly constructed McConnell Center, fill out these forms and you can register your 6-12th grader using these forms.

For more information call (717) 245-3801 to set up your appointment.

Youth DO NOT need to be registered with CYSS to attend the "Welcome Jams" and Ice Cream Social, but will have to be registered to attend camps and other activities.

Registering your medical, nutritional or educational special needs child with CYSS

While all CYSS providers are trained and experienced to meet the needs of children with special needs, any child with a "special need" needs to have paperwork evaluated by Parent Central Services and the Community Health Nurse at Dunham Clinic to determine if a Multi-disciplinary Inclusion Action Team (MIAT) meeting is required and to develop a tailored plan for your child before participation in CYSS programs. This includes but is not limited to children who have:

  • Asthma
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Allergies
  • Diabetes
  • Autism
  • Epilepsy
  • Dietary intolerances
  • Down Syndrome
  • Seizure Disorders
  • Physically Challenged
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Sensory Impairment (Hearing/Vision)
  • Developmental Delays
  • Speech/Language Impairment


Parent Central Services will identify children who must be processed through the Multi-Disciplinary Inclusion Action Team based on the completed enrollment paperwork. For more information and to set up your appointment please call (717) 245-3801.

Community Health Nurse

Any child with indications of a health, diet, behavioral or other consideration will have their paperwork evaluated by the Community Health Nurse (CHN) to determine if a Multi-Disciplinary Inclusion Action Team (MIAT) meeting is required.

What is a MIAT?

The Multi-Disciplinary Inclusion Action Team (MIAT) formerly known as the Special Needs Accommodation Process (SNAP) is a multi-disciplinary team established to ensure the most appropriate placement of children with special needs. The team meets to review any applications that indicate any possible medical issues, educational special requirements or nutritional needs and to review concerns regarding children already placed in Child, Youth and School Services (CYSS) programs. The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) manager will contact families to set up MIATS as determined appropriate. The point of contact for the EFMP Manager is 717-245-3775.

In order to assist the team, you will need to provide the proper documentation, such as: medical documentation detailing developmental delays; illnesses’, severity of allergies (exposure, reactions, and treatments); prescription medications; and your expectations of services to be provided by the CYSS staff, as well as Educational and Developmental Intervention Program information regarding developmental evaluations, services provided, etc. The MIAT cannot proceed without providing the documentation required.

Normally, a MIAT will take 30 to 45 minutes. A MIAT needs to be held only once a year unless there are changes in the child's status, i.e. medications, treatment, diagnosis, etc.

Carlisle Barracks Exceptional Family Member Program

The EFMP serves family members of all active duty personnel that have specialized medical and/or educational needs. Sponsors who have physical custody of a parent or relative over age 21 are also eligible for the program.

For more information visit

After School Programs/Summer Camps

  • Our program provides before and after school programs, summer care and care during school vacations for children in grades K - 5. We offer a wide range of physical activities, arts & crafts, homework assistance, computer lab, character building, Boys and Girls Club, 4-H Chapter, field trips and more.
    • Offered to all School Age Children who are entering grades K-5.
    • Parents can choose Before School, After School or both.
    • Program is Monday - Friday.
    • Schedule based on Carlisle School District calendar.
    • We offer hourly care available through the school year only.
  • School Age Care Summer Camp is one of the many programs available through Youth Services at Carlisle Barracks. Our Summer Camp runs from June through the end of August. The camp is set up by the week, so you do not have to sign your child up for the entire summer. You can choose the weeks you wish to participate.
  • 5 Full Days- Enjoy our camp Mon-Fri all day. All activities, field trips and meals are included. For more information visit
  • Youth Service features a full size gymnasium for dodge ball; floor hockey; and much more! It also has a pool table, ping-pong, foosball, wide screen TV's, Xbox, a Wii gaming system, a stereo and state-of-the-art Youth Technology Lab
  • Field trips to local attractions like Hershey Park, Ski RoundTop and more are offered throughout the year as well.
  • Teens are provided with an opportunity to participate in outdoor activities, cooking, arts & crafts, 4-H Club, Triple Play (sponsored by Boys & Girls Club of America), and video game tournaments.
  • For more information visit

Youth Sports

  • Sports offered throughout the year include soccer, basketball, t-ball, golf, paintball; running club; and dodge ball.
  • Three sports’ camps are offered during the year to include British Soccer Camp in August and Basketball and Soccer camps in December. Exact dates TBD.
  • Outdoor recreation offers easy access to skiing, indoor rock climbing, cycling, white water rafting, camping, or mountain climbing just to name a few. Call 717-245-4616
  • Health and Fitness programs are offered throughout the year. They include Home School Health & PE; speed and agility camps; and weightlifting at fitness centers.

Pre-School Children

Moore Child Development Center

Carlisle Barracks believes that every child has value and must be treated with dignity and respect. We strive to provide a safe and caring environment that will foster the social, emotional, physical, and creative development of children. The Moore Child Development Center offers a number of programs and opportunities for kids from 6 weeks to 5 years of age.


  • Curriculum based on the "Teaching Strategies Gold" for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.
  • All programs are age appropriate and based on developmental stages of children.
  • Parent participation is encouraged in order to make our developmental program a success.
  • Lesson plans and curriculum based on individual child's needs.
  • Open-door policy. Parents are invited to come and visit anytime during the day.
  • Outside play area divided into separate areas for each age-group.
  • Children go for walks and visit various areas of Carlisle Barracks.
  • Field trips are planned for our older groups.

Programs Offered

  • Full Day Care:This program is for children 6 weeks to 5 years. Children will be placed in classroom according to age and availability.
  • Hourly Care:This program is for children 6 weeks to 5 years, based on space availability. Reservations can be made online or in the Child Development Center and care can be reserved up to 30 days in advance.
  • Strong Beginnings Pre-Kindergarten Program:A class for children ages 4 to 5 and going into Kindergarten. Classes are held Monday-Friday 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Part Day Pre-School Program:A class for children ages 3 to 4 and potty trained. Classes are held Monday, Wednesday and Friday at from 12:30-3:30 pm.

Child Nutrition Program

  • Meals are provided as part of fee and include breakfast, morning snack, lunch and afternoon snack.
  • We dine in a family-style setting where children are encouraged to serve themselves and help clean up.
  • Self-reliance skills are taught.
  • We participate in the US Dept. of Agriculture Child Nutrition Program. Our pre-approved menus comply with USDA meal requirements.
  • USDA supplies nutrition guidance, educational materials and a financial reimbursement.

All fees are based on total family income. Children must be registered in Central Registration before care is provided at the center. For information on enrollment and the fee schedule visit

Hourly Care, Parents Nights Out

Hourly Care:This program is for children 6 weeks to 5 years, based on space availability and is held at the Moore Child Development Center. Reservations can be made online or in the Child Development Center and care can be reserved up to 30 days in advance.

Parents Night Out:This program is held on a regular basis to coincide with Army War College student social events. Usually held on Fridays, the program is offered at the Moore CDC and the McConnell Youth Center. Pre-registration is required and at least 12 children must be registered at each facility. The cost for parents night is $35 for 5 hours of care.


Army War College to graduate 365 senior leaders from distance learning program

After two years of studying, research and writing, its graduation day at the U. S. Army War College.  It is an extraordinary day of celebration and camaraderie – with students’ family, friends, and the Carlisle Barracks community.  Each graduation is a triumph for the entire workforce who contributed to their success over the last two years.

Everyone is welcomed at the ceremony to mark the graduation of the Distance Learning Class of 2016 is on Carlisle Barracks’ historic parade field at 9 a.m., Friday, July 22.  The Ceremony typically last about 90 minutes.

The graduation speaker is Lt. General Timothy J. Kadavy, Director of the Army National Guard -- whose presence will underscore the high proportion of National Guard and Reserve officers within this 2016 class.

From the firing of the cannons of the 109th Field Artillery Regiment to the  procession of faculty and faculty awards for Excellence in Teaching, to the recognition of award-winning students and the triumph of every student who walks the stage, this is an Army War College family celebration.

Even if you are unable to attend in person, you can still watch the entire event streamed live at

IF DRIVING to Carlisle Barracks for the graduation: set your smart mapping to ‘870 Jim Thorpe Road, Carlisle 17013' which is the Visitors Gate/ Claremont Gate. Be prepared to show photo ID, and follow signs to event parking. Note: Students must be in seats by 8:30 a.m., so plan for early arrival . Follow ‘event Parking’ signs, and arrive in time for a short walk to the parade ground, or to use the shuttle busses (see below). For handicapped guest, there is a handicapped parking, sidewalk access to the parade ground, and handicapped seating area located at Quarters 2.

2016 USAWC DDE Graduation Need to Know

•  Graduation drivers should plan to follow directions of the Police or Parking attendants to designated parking lots and walk or ride the shuttle.

  Shuttle busses will run from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. and resume after the ceremony.   

•  Photos taken during the ceremony can be found at:

•  Recording of LTG Kadavy's remarks and a Graduation Highlights video will be available no later that the followiing Monday at:

•  Bliss Hall will be the alternate graduation location in case of inclement weather.  All students are giving tickets with the name of the location where their party can view the graduation.  Temporary signs will be posted at each gate to advise incoming motorists of the change in graduation location. The ceremony will be broadcast via closed circuit TV into the following seating venues:  Reynolds Theater; Wil Washcoe Auditorium, Bradley Auditorium and Root Hall. Students, and selected faculty will be seated in Bliss Hall, Seating for handicapped will be in the Command Conference Room.

•   Dunham Clinic will be open on Thursday, July 21 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for patient care and closed July 22 from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (including the pharmacy), reopening at 1 p.m. and closing at 4:30 p.m.

•   Faculty and Staff who normally park in the 314/315 lot, along Lovell Ave and along Forbes Ave in front of Building 122 can park along Letort lane below the 314/315 lot, along Letort lane between Barry Drive and Butler Rd (temporary parking will be Identified along the drive) or in the Collins Hall lots.

•  Faculty and Staff who work in Anne Ely or normally park in the Anne Ely parking lot are asked to park in DES or Chapel lots.

•  Residents are reminded that shortly after 9 a.m. the cannons will be fired.

•  For employees, liberal leave is in effect for graduation day pending supervisor approval.


Lt. General Timothy J. Kadavy to honor 365 graduates of the Army War College two-year Distance Education Program, July 22 at 9 am

CARLISLE BARRACKS, Pa. – The formal graduation ceremony of the U.S. Army War College Distance Learning Class of 2016 is scheduled for Friday, July 22 at 9 a.m. on the historic parade ground of Carlisle Barracks.  A faculty processional leads the ceremony at the Wheelock Bandstand where graduates will cross to receive congratulations by the Director of US Army National Guard Lt. Gen. Timothy J. Kadavy; the Commandant of the Army War College Maj. Gen. William E. Rapp; and War College Provost Dr. Lance Betros, and the Dean of the School of Strategic Landpower, Dr. Richard Lacquement.

Army National Guard Director Lt. Gen. Timothy J. Kadavy will be the guest speaker for the Army War College Distance Education Class of 2016 graduation July 22 at 9am.

Lt. Gen. Timothy J. Kadavy will give formal graduation remarks to the class of 2016 and celebrate the graduates' achievements.

The graduating class represents the Joint Force with representation from the interagency, intergovernmental and multinational national security environment: 365  competitively selected students include 327 Army officers, 1 Navy, 5 Air Force, 14 Marine Corps, with heavy representation from the Reserve and National Guard. The class includes 3 International Officers, and 15 senior civilians of federal agencies engaged in national security. 

An artillery gun salute  will be executed at approximately 9 a.m. by A Battery, 1st Battalion, 109th Field Artillery, a Pa. Army National Guard unit from Wilkes Barre, Pa.  

Live music for the ceremony will be provided by the U.S. TRADOC Band from Fort Eustis.

General Kadavy received his commission from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Army Reserve Officers Training Corps on 12 May 1984. He has commanded at the Troop, Squadron and Task Force Level. He commanded Bravo Troop, 1st Battalion 167th Cavalry, First Squadron, 1st Battalion 167th Cavalry and the Northern United States Task Force - Stabilization Forces 13 (Task Force Huskers) in Operation Joint Forge, Bosnia Herzegovina. General Kadavy deployed to Iraq in 2006 and served as the Senior Reserve Component Advisor to the Commander Multi-National Corps - Iraq.

Lieutenant General Timothy J. Kadavy assumed duties as the Director, Army National Guard, National Guard Bureau, Washington, District of Columbia on 27th March 2015. As Director, he guides the formulation, development and implementation of all programs and policies affecting the Army National Guard; a force of over 350,000 Soldiers in the 54 States, Territories and the District of Columbia.

Prior to his current assignment, General Kadavy served as the Special Assistant to the Vice Chief, National Guard Bureau, where he was responsible for representing the National Guard at key meetings and work sessions at the Department of Defense, Joint Staff and Inter-Agency level. General Kadavy also served as Commander, Combined Joint Inter-Agency Task Force – Afghanistan where he was responsible for coordinating and directing the effects for Counter/Anti-Corruption, Counter Narcotics, Counter Threat Financing. Prior to his deployment to Afghanistan, General Kadavy served as Deputy Director, Army National Guard and the Adjutant General of Nebraska.

Lieutenant General Timothy J. Kadavy completed a U.S. Army War College Fellowship at the Drug Enforcement Agency.

The ceremony will be livestreamed at

Remember personal, social media safety when trying to 'catch 'em all'

Unless you’ve avoided the news completely, you know about the newest cell phone gaming craze - Pokémon Go.

The free game, based off the popular card and cartoon series, involves hunting for the little creatures while walking or driving.

Users have set up places you can find new pets, "Pokéstops" and "Pokémon gyms" to progress in their game, including many on Carlisle Barracks and the Army Heritage Trail. However, anyone playing this game – or any game that sends them wandering around – should be aware of where they are going and what they are trying to do.

“Playing these types of games can pose a serious safety concern if people aren’t paying attention to their surroundings,” said Bob Suskie, director of emergency services here. “Also, it’s against Carlisle Barracks policy and Pennsylvania statutes to use a phone while driving, even if you’re not talking on it. You can be cited by law enforcement officials for doing this.”

Also, walking around with a phone in the air can give the appearance that you are taking pictures, said Suskie. He said that some areas of the post are off-limits to photography unless given permission by the Public Affairs Office or Emergency Services. Some of those locations include the fence line and entrance and exit gates.

But if you keep in mind these safety and security points, there are spots on the installation where players have set up stops --including the post chapel and Commissary -- the best spot to grab several at once is on the Army Heritage Trail. There are at least 10 Pokéstops on the trail at the various displays and it’s a safer place to “catch them all” as it’s a walking trail.

Here are some tips to keep in mind when playing this or any other game:

- Always remember to watch where you are going and look up from your screen when you are playing Pokémon Go or any other augmented reality game. The real world can be very dangerous if you aren't paying attention.

- Pokémon Go was designed to bring people together in the real world as they search for Pokémon in common areas called gyms and pokestops, but remember you may not know every person you encounter.  Be alert and use good judgment when interacting with people you don't know.  If someone seems up to no good, don't hesitate to leave the area or call the police.

- Parents should consider setting limits for where kids can go while playing the game without adult supervision.

- Play in groups of people you know. Groups can do a better job of monitoring the surroundings and are a less appealing targets for unscrupulous people.

- Be extra cautious if playing at night and wear reflective clothing.

- Don't wander into buildings or try to access other places where players might not be welcome.  Police stations, churches, military installations and even private home owners have had to send unwanted Pokémon Go players away.

- While the sites identified on Carlisle Barracks (aside from those on AHEC) have been identified as “public buildings” access to the post is still restricted and all non-DoD ID card holders must process through the Visitors Center at 870 Jim Thorpe Road.


Medal of Honor for retired Lt. Col. Charles S. Kettles

Retired Lt. Col. Charles S. Kettles received the Medal of Honor for his actions during combat operations, May 15, 1967, near Duc Pho, Republic of Vietnam.

During the early morning hours of May 15, 1967, personnel of the 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, were ambushed in the Song Tra Cau riverbed by an estimated battalion-sized force of the North Vietnamese army with numerous automatic weapons, machine guns, mortars and recoilless rifles. The enemy force fired from a fortified complex of deeply embedded tunnels and bunkers, and was shielded from suppressive fire. Upon learning that the 1st Brigade had suffered casualties during an intense firefight with the enemy, then-Maj. Charles S. Kettles, volunteered to lead a flight of six UH-1D helicopters to carry reinforcements to the embattled force and to evacuate wounded personnel. As the flight approached the landing zone, it came under heavy enemy attack. Deadly fire was received from multiple directions and Soldiers were hit and killed before they could leave the arriving lift helicopters.

“We got the 44 out. None of those names appear on the wall in Washington.
There's nothing more important than that.”
 Retired Lt. Col. Charles Kettles

Jets dropped napalm and bombs on the enemy machine guns on the ridges overlooking the landing zone, with minimal effect. Small arms and automatic weapons fire continued to rake the landing zone, inflicting heavy damage to the helicopters. However, Kettles refused to depart until all reinforcements and supplies were off-loaded and wounded personnel were loaded on the helicopters to capacity. Kettles led them out of the battle area and back to the staging area to pick up additional reinforcements.

Kettles then returned to the battlefield, with full knowledge of the intense enemy fire awaiting his arrival. Bringing reinforcements, he landed in the midst of enemy mortar and automatic weapons fire that seriously wounded his gunner and severely damaged his aircraft. Upon departing, Kettles was advised by another helicopter crew that he had fuel streaming out of his aircraft. Despite the risk posed by the leaking fuel, he nursed the damaged aircraft back to base.

Carlisle to host ‘Welcome Jam’ for new War College families as part of First Friday event Aug. 5

On Aug. 5 the Carlisle Community will unofficially welcome the Class of 2016 and their Families during a Restaurant Walk & Welcome Jam from 5 to 8 p.m.  There will be food tasting, live music, activities for the whole family and more. Area restaurants will have a priced fixed menu and specials as part of their “First Friday” events, which run during the summer.

Families are encouraged to “check in” at the Downtown Carlisle Association tent on the square for a map of downtown and the opportunity win prizes good at local restaurants and businesses.

A kids alley will be held as part of the event featuring games, music and more.

The first 50 Families to check in at the Downtown Carlisle Association are eligible to receive a $10 gift card good at any local restaurant.

For more information visit

Strategic Cyberspace Operations Guide now available online

July 13, 2016 -- The Strategic Cyberspace Operations Guide, published by the Army War College in June, is a tool for Army War College students and others -- to understand how to design, plan, and execute cyberspace operations at the level of the combatant commands, joint task forces, and joint functional component commands. 

It is published by the Cyber & Mission Command Branch of the USAWC Center for Strategic Leadership.  This first-time guide follows the operational design methodology and the joint operation planning process described in Joint Publication 5-0, Joint Operation Planning, and it applies these principles to the cyberspace domain found in Joint Publication 3-12(R), Cyberspace Operations. 

The essential strategic cyberspace primer, this publication captures doctrine, organization, guidance and strategies today for cyberspace operations of the  U.S. Government, Department of Defense, and the Services. 


David Vergun, Army News Service

Study suggests action best option in 'gray zone' conflicts

See full study at

July 6, 2016 -- WASHINGTON (Army News Service) -- Inaction can and does lead to risk when it comes to the ever-increasing challenge posed by "gray zone" competition and conflict, according to Prof. Nate Freier, a professor at the Army War College's Strategic Studies Institute.

Freier was the project director and lead investigator on a nine-month study effort, culminating in the War College report "Outplayed: Regaining Strategic Initiative in the Gray Zone." Freier and a team of three additional War College faculty members and 10 students published their findings last month.


Gray zone is the new term of art for asymmetric competition and conflict of the type employed by Russia and it's proxies in Ukraine and the Russian near abroad; China in the South China Sea; Iran and its sectarian proxies throughout the Middle East; and, rejectionist actors like terrorist groups throughout North Africa and the Middle East.

Freier noted that gray zone competition and conflict is obviously less than full-scale war, but nonetheless has warlike implications and consequences for the United States and its partners. Skilled gray-zone actors employ clever innovative combinations of influence, intimidation, coercion, and aggression to exploit opportunities and prey on an opponent's obvious vulnerabilities.


The U.S. has options in the face of concerted gray zone competition and conflict. For starters, according to Freier, U.S. Defense leadership could employ military force more actively and creatively against thorny challenges like Russian proxies in Ukraine or the Chinese in the South China Sea. Unfortunately, according to Freier, an asymmetry in risk perceptions between the U.S. and its opponents tends to make the United States too cautious, leaving a great deal of latitude for those willing to exploit it. Because of its deferred hazard, inaction or marginal action therefore often becomes the default strategic choice for U.S. decisionmakers.

With no action or deferred action "you can easily wish away adverse consequences," he said. Yet, "it's your absolute worst choice. What happens is if you don't act to blunt the challenges up front, then facts change on the ground to such an extent that it becomes eventually unthinkable to reverse them through more assertive action.

"If you wait things out, your opponent will nibble and nibble and nibble away until all of a sudden they just gobble up something that's very important to you," he continued.

The U.S. collectively is taken by surprise "by the degree to which it's possible for adversaries to outmaneuver us by unconventional methods. We are playing by a conventional playbook and they are not. We're being outmaneuvered," he said.

The solution: "Adaptation and Activism," according to Freier. That doesn't mean resort to all-out war, according to Freier. Instead, it should be a measured and quite deliberate set of responses intended to effectively shape or modify opposition intentions and methods. Over-reaction after all is as dangerous as inaction.


The War College research team looked back through history and found that the U.S. itself once acted effectively in the gray zone, influencing changes in governments and flexing its own military and economic might for perceived national security and national interest gains.

For instance during the Cold War, the U.S. had its own proxies and participated in anti-Soviet political subversion to further its national strategy, Freier said.

Over time, however, the U.S., believing it was in an unassailable position versus all competitors, relinquished its gray zone advantages. And, in doing so, Freier pointed out, the United States unwittingly ceded substantial maneuver room to much less risk-averse adversaries who were well postured to advance their interests using a host of unconventional means.


Freiers's team arrived at a targeted set of findings and recommendations in two key areas: strategy and policy and military operations, plans, and capabilities. They are sharing their work widely across defense and defense-interested communities of interest and practice, including at very high levels within the Department of Defense and the National Security Staff.

In the end, Freier said his team gathered the widest possible set of perspectives on gray-zone challenges, hearing from service staffs and combatant commands, U.S. allies and NATO, think tanks, and academia. While they heard a variety of opinions, Freier suggested their conclusions represented "the collective wisdom of the whole universe of experts we consulted with."


Carlisle Barracks mosquito test program underway


Spc. Stefanie Otley from the Dunham Army Health Clinic Preventative Medicine Department hangs a CDC light trap that is designed to capture mosquito and other insects for testing for West Nile and Zika virus. The tests were recently installed on Carlisle Barracks to help monitor and test mosquito samples.

You may have noticed many different types of curious-looking traps popping up on the installation. No, we’re not trying to capture Bigfoot or Bugs Bunny, it’s all part of the annual program to test mosquito and insects for a number of viruses.

The Dunham Army Health Clinic Environmental Health team, led by Hilla Avusuglo, has placed traps on the installation to test mosquito samples for West Nile and Zika virus. While neither virus has been detected in Carlisle, the team here annually conducts these tests.

Each trap is set for 24 hours and then picked up and the samples are sent to the Public Health Command lab in Maryland for testing. In the event of a positive test for either virus steps are taken to both identify the breeding grounds for the mosquitos and then efforts are taken to remedy the situation.


Sentinel traps, which are designed to attract the aedes species of mosquito, which has been known to carry the Zika virus, have also been set up on post.

Avusuglo will conduct an environmental assessment to determine the location of breeding grounds for the positive samples. The Zika (aedes) mosquito travels about half a mile and the West Nile (Culex) mosquito travels about 1.5 mile so a positive test doesn’t necessarily mean that the breeding ground is on post. In either case the location of the positive sample is treated with a spray or a fog to diminish the mosquito population.

“At the end of the day rest assured the Dunham Health Clinic Environmental Health team is working hard to prevent the population on post from any mosquito borne diseases,” said Avusuglo. 


How you can help protect yourself and others



Gravis traps, which attract the culex species of mosquitos, which have been known to carry the West Vile Virus, are another of the traps set up on post.

 There are things every individual can do around the home and farm to help eliminate mosquito-breeding areas. Some of these tips include:
· Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots or similar water-holding containers that have collected on your property.

· Pay attention to discarded tires. Stagnant water in tires are where most mosquitoes breed.

· Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers left outdoors.

· Have clogged roof gutters cleaned every year, particularly if the leaves from surrounding trees have a tendency to plug up the drains. Roof gutters can produce millions of mosquitoes each season.

· Turn over plastic wading pools when not in use. Stagnant water in a wading pool becomes a place for mosquitoes to breed.

· Turn over wheelbarrows and don't let water stagnate in birdbaths. Both provide breeding habitats for domestic mosquitoes.

· Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish. Water gardens can become major mosquito producers if they are allowed to stagnate. Clean and chlorinate swimming pools not in use. A swimming pool left untended by a family on vacation for a month can produce enough mosquitoes to result in neighborhood-wide complaints. Mosquitoes may even breed in the water that collects on pool covers.

· Keep water in buckets and troughs fresh and clean.


A pool filled with stagnant water is a prime breeding area for mosquitos. Empty and turn over when not in use to help eliminate potential breeding areas.

· Use landscaping to eliminate standing water that collects on your property. Mosquitoes may breed in any puddle that lasts for more than four days.

Army heritage center looking for NCOs to gather Soldier stories

Army history is storied and vast. But that vast history really comes down to one thing: Soldiers telling their stories.

The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, is working to collect and preserve as many of those Soldier stories as they can, but they need help from NCOs. Though the center has more than enough veterans ready and willing to tell their tales, there aren’t enough volunteer Veteran Ambassadors to sit down and record those tales.

The heritage center’s motto is ‘Telling the Army Story … One Soldier at a Time,’ and the center has been gathering Soldier stories going all the way back to the Spanish-American War in 1898, said Karl Warner, the program and education coordinator at the center. But up until 2014, the center gathered those stories solely through surveys that they would hand out to veterans, asking them to fill them out. The surveys ran from 20 to 30 pages.

“In our World War I section of these surveys, we have an entire face of our archival stacks full of boxes that are full of these surveys, tens of thousands of them,” Warner said. “You go to World War II, and we have just as many, maybe even a little more. You get to Korea, and we only have one section of a face, so maybe only a few thousand from Korean War veterans. Then you go up to Vietnam War, and we’ve got only a few boxes. You get to Desert Storm and current operations, Global War on Terrorism, etc., you have even less than we have for Vietnam. So, we had to figure that out. What’s the difference?”

The center studied the issue and talked to veterans about why the center was receiving so few surveys. They found several reasons for the problem. One, Vietnam War-era veterans sometimes didn’t feel comfortable discussing their service with the government, especially in a written form. Meanwhile, more recent veterans and those currently serving said they didn’t want to fill out a 30-page survey, not even online. They felt it would take too much time.

“So, we did some market research and we realized, if we are not going to get a huge number of surveys back, let’s concentrate on the quality of the material we get,” Warner said. “So, we started the Veteran’s Ambassador Program, and the intent of the Veteran’s Ambassador Program is to get out there to the veterans, get them to sit down for an oral history interview and collect the material that way. Instead of them getting a faceless sheet of paper that says, ‘U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center’ at the top — with the stress on ‘U.S. Army’ and that this would be official — instead they get me or one of my veteran ambassadors to come out, sit down with them, shake their hand, start a conversation, and then record an oral history with someone they can make a connection with.”

That connection is why the center wants more noncommissioned officers to volunteer as Veteran Ambassadors.

“The NCO corps’ mission is to take care of Soldiers, so they know how to deal with Soldiers, they know how a Soldier thinks, they know how an NCO thinks,” Warner said. “So, when they sit down to start talking to a fellow NCO or a veteran who was enlisted, this veteran knows … they are talking to somebody who has been there, who has done that. … It opens those Soldiers up. It opens those veterans up. It shows them that we really care about their history. An NCO has a special insight and a special ability to know how Soldiers think and how Soldiers talk, and it makes that conversation a lot easier and a lot more effective when you start to dig down into those details that are historically significant.

“There’s nobody who knows Soldiers better than NCOs, so that means there’s nobody who is going to be better at doing oral histories for us than NCOs,” Warner said.

During a short tour of duty at the center, Staff Sgt. Toni Miklesavage was one of the first NCOs to volunteer as a Veteran Ambassador. Miklesavage is now executive assistant to Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Martinez at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and continues her work gathering Soldiers’ stories for the center.

“The part that I enjoy the most is the fact that every Soldier has a story,” Miklesavage said. “Even though we have general things in common — like going through basic training, our initial individual training, that type of thing — each Soldier has their own individual story as far as what their personal experience was like. The Veteran’s Ambassador Program gives you that opportunity to get that individual story. And through the Army Heritage and Education Center, they tell the story of the Army one Soldier at a time. So, this gives you a chance to be up close and personal and to actually contribute to the oral history library and make that Soldier’s story a part of official Army history.”

Oral historians are able to gather more pertinent information than the surveys did in large part because of the research they do on the subject before the interview, Warner said. The process starts with a short survey.

“All the information that’s in this eight-page survey — it’s much easier to fill out than the old 20- or 30-page surveys — when they send it back, those volunteers turn around and do a little research on the person. For example, if the guy was a tanker in Vietnam, we don’t want to ask him about jumping out of airplanes, because tankers in Vietnam didn’t jump out of airplanes. So, we do a little bit of research on who they were, what they did, where they were, that sort of thing, so that when we sit down we can guide the conversation to really get the best information that historians 150 years from now can use.”

The time and dedication it takes to do that research and then sit and record an interview with a Soldier or veteran means the center needs volunteers with a passion for Soldier stories and the Army’s history, Warner said.

“I don’t need folks to tell me they have a veteran who needs to be interviewed,” he said. “I’ve got people wanting to be interviewed coming out of my ears. My issue is that I need people who have the dedication and the wherewithal to conduct the interviews.

“We’re looking for people who can make the time, who are passionate about it and who realize they are working for a greater good to save our Army’s history through these interviews,” Warner said. “It’s not an easy job. It definitely takes some dedication. You have to go out, you have to press that flesh and shake those hands to get somebody to buy into the idea of sitting down with you for an interview. Vietnam War vets, especially, are sometimes a little bit hesitant to sit down for an interview with the Army. So they have to be able to sell the program properly and make sure that the potential interviewee understands what we’re doing here. We’re not trying to catch anybody; we’re not trying to do an investigation. We’re simply recording their version, their history, from their point of view.

“A lot of folks who we get in here, they do a little bit of it and realize that it does take some dedication and they don’t continue with us,” Warner said. “But those who do, like Staff Sgt. Miklesavage who keeps coming back to do more … these are folks who have become very, very passionate about it and they’re really biting at the bit for their next interview. They really enjoy it.”

A unit with a desire to help record Army history can start a project that would help the unit, as well as the heritage center, Warner said.

“You have a command sergeant major, you have a lieutenant colonel, you have an S1 or an XO who are heading out the door: You sit them down, you do a two-hour interview with them about their time in your unit,” he said. “Now, you can send that back to me, and I have a recording of it, then I send you back a transcript and a recording. Now you have that in your own battalion archives. The next guy comes in and he’s reading what the last XO did, or what the last command sergeant major dealt with. … You start to get a unit history that’s not only useful to the next person coming through the door, but also starts to lay down a legacy from that unit here in the Army’s collections.”

Join in

If you have the passion for this mission and want to become a U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center Veteran Ambassador, please contact Karl Warner, the center’s program and education coordinator, at karl.k.warner.civ@mail.milor 717-245-4427.

Exercise tests first responders, employees

Capt. Shavayey Cato, Carlisle Barracks HHC Commander, asks a question in the Emergency Operations Center July 7 during the full scale emergency response exercise. The event focused on severe weather response, with a tornado hitting the post and damaging many on-post buildings and homes.

The tornado touched down and ripped through the center of Carlisle Barracks, leaving a wake of destruction that left residents homeless, Root Hall heavily damaged and the Letort View Community Center destroyed.

That was the situation that faced Carlisle Barracks first responders and members of the “Crisis Management Team,” as they took part in the annual full-scale emergency response exercise July 7 and 8 here. The exercise is just one part of the year-round security and emergency management program here.

For this exercise first responders, employees, residents and family members practiced what they would do in the event of a severe weather event at Carlisle Barracks, this one being a tornado that affect the center of the installation.

“Tornado is one of the most likely weather event we could have,” said Barry Shughart, Installation Emergency Manager. “In a disaster people will do what they have been trained to do. They don't always think when they are stressed. So these exercises are part of a conditioning process that people will follow almost like muscle memory. This keeps them safer, increases survivability and aids first responders in the mitigation, response and recovery.”

Root Hall was among the buildings that was evacuated after the storm passed to ensure the safety of employees.

After the storm passed the members of the Crisis Management Team assembled in the Emergency Operations Center on post to coordinate the response, ensure all employees were accounted for and coordinate for assistance from the Carlisle community. The CMT includes members from almost every on-post agencies to include emergency services, public works, Army Community Services, Dunham Clinic and installation leadership.

One of the challenges facing the responders were the multiple road closures due to downed trees. Post fire fighters had to cut a large tree that had been placed across Lovell Ave to simulate a tree downed by the storm. The exercise was also an opportunity for the fire fighters and police to practice their search and rescue skills and ensure all employees knew the proper locations to evacuate.

“These exercises allows our first responders to sharpen their skills and update their procedures and standard operating procedures,” said Shughart. “It is an effort to get us all on the same page, we find out what works and what we need to change. We want to find everything that isn't working in an exercise not the real incident."

The second day of the exercise focused on recovery, which included where to temporarily house students, staff and faculty for the upcoming Army War College year, temporary housing for residents whose homes were destroyed and how the removed the debris from the storm.

By Tim Hipps, U.S. Army Installation Management Command
Sgt. Marks earns Army’s inaugural berth in Paralympic swimming

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Sgt. Elizabeth Marks earned a Paralympic berth at the 2016 U.S. Paralympic Swimming Team Trials June 30 through July 2 at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center.

Marks, 25, a native of Prescott Valley, Arizona, joined the Army at age 17 and is the first Soldier in the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program to become a Paralympic swimmer.

“I’m just grateful,” Marks said. “I’m excited that I get the chance to represent the United States of America’s colors in any way that I’m allowed.”

Marks opened the three-day meet Thursday morning with a victory in the women’s 100-meter breaststroke class preliminaries with a time of 1 minute, 29.47 seconds. She won the final in a personal-best time of 1:28.54 – only .01 seconds off the world record of 1:28.53 - on Thursday night. Seventeen-time Paralympic medalist Jessica Long finished second in 1:34.51 – nearly six seconds behind Marks.

After migraines kept Marks awake most of Thursday night, U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program Head of Sports Medicine and Strength & Conditioning Jason Barber and Marks’ coach, Nathan Manley, medically scratched her from the 100-meter butterfly on Friday to allow her to better recover for two events Saturday.

Marks resiliently returned to the pool Saturday and finished second in the 100-meter backstroke with a personal-best time of 1:21.64. Long won the race event in 1:19.56. Marks also finished third in the 200-meter individual medley preliminaries with a time of 2:56.83.

“The Army has taught me resiliency and I didn’t think twice about waking up and coming and trying to give it my all that third day – I came too far to not swim as much as possible,” Marks said. “But the second day it was a smart, strategic move to medical out. I wanted to push through it, and I would’ve – but I was extremely ill.”

Marks, who has a loss of sensation in her limbs, reduced lung capacity and impaired vision while swimming, remembers little about each of her races in Charlotte.

“It was all a blur. I don’t remember; I really don’t,” said Marks, who also experiences hearing difficulties immediately after racing. “When I swim, I swim so hard that I don’t even know what my time is. I can’t see it. I don’t know if I finished first or last. I have no idea.”

On the Fourth of July weekend, she swam fast enough to earn a spot on Team USA. Marks officially was named to the 2016 U.S. Paralympic Team during a celebration ceremony Sunday at Romare Bearden Park in uptown Charlotte.

“I don’t view this as me making the team,” Marks said. “I view this as a group effort making the team. These people that I’ve been so lucky to have in my life, like all of my Invictus brothers and sisters, I feel like wemade this team. Every step along the way has been unexpected and sometimes hard and sometimes beautiful, and I’m just grateful for all of it. What it’s led to is just a result of trying hard, caring about what I was doing, and wanting to do it for my military family.”

Marks was determined to make Team USA to show her fellow wounded warriors that they, too, can return to living a productive life.

She sustained bilateral hip injuries in 2010 while serving as a combat medic in Afghanistan, and nearly died in London in 2014 from a respiratory infection that led to a medically induced coma that lasted nearly two months.

“There’s too many people that get stuck after they get hurt, whether it’s mentally, physically or emotionally hurt, and I think the most tragic thing that can happen is for one of our brothers or sisters to get left behind,” said Marks, who also wears an Ideo – a prosthetic for her non-sensation left leg. “I think the Vietnam era really helped to usher my generation in with open arms and gave us the opportunity where we have to be seen instead of being put in a corner.

“I think that it’s our responsibility to continue lifting our brothers and sisters up until not one person is left behind – until the statistic of suicide is reduced, until everyone knows that there’s a family once you become ill, sick or injured – mentally or physically. There is a new chapter to be opened and we welcome them.”

Marks boosted her campaign for U.S. Paralympic Team selection with a sterling performance at the 2016 Invictus Games. She won four gold medals at Walt Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports and gave one of them to Invictus Games founder Prince Harry to deliver to members of the Papworth Hospital staff who saved Marks’ life after she traveled to London to compete in the inaugural Invictus Games in the fall of 2014.

“If I just had one [medal] I would have given it to that hospital,” Marks said. “I was meant to die in London. I went from the Royal London [Hospital] to Papworth to Landstuhl [Army Medical Center in Germany] to Brooke Army Medical Center or SAMMC [in San Antonio], and then I was finally released from the hospital on Oct. 20. I was admitted at London Royal with a fever of over 103 and that was the last thing I remember [until coming out of the coma in Germany].

“When I found out that I would have a chance to compete at Invictus again, that meant so much to me because I wanted to go and stand with my teammates that supported me – get to hug and shake the hands of all the strangers that loved and supported me without even knowing me,” Marks said. “To get to just go be on their team again and be beside my brothers and sisters who’ve been through so much, it meant so much get to go and compete for them.

“Of course, Prince Harry’s country, the UK, saved my life, and saving my life meant a great deal to me. I’ve known Prince Harry since the Warrior Games in 2013 but I wanted to be able to shake his hand and thank him for all his country had done for me.”

Prince Harry delivered on his promise and presented Marks’ gold medal to staffers at Papworth Hospital at the Royal Palace in London.

“I had a very hard recovery and a pretty difficult past year, physically and emotionally,” Marks said. “To watch that chapter close in such a beautiful way that brought publicity to the hospital that they so deserved and to help outline and shine on what a wonderful human being Prince Harry is and how much he genuinely cares about Soldiers – just the entire situation felt like the most beautiful, most unimaginable ending to that chapter of my life.

“I just hope this brings other people into the fold,” Marks added. “I hope that my Dad sees that his generation’s pain didn’t go to waste.”

Do you know how to prepare for, stay safe in a tornado?  

Tornadoes are nature’s most violent storms. Spawned from powerful thunderstorms, tornadoes can cause fatalities and devastate a neighborhood in seconds. A tornado appears as a rotating, funnel-shaped cloud that extends from a thunderstorm to the ground with whirling winds that can reach 300 miles per hour. Damage paths can be in excess of one mile wide and 50 miles long. Every state is at some risk from this hazard. Some tornadoes are clearly visible, while rain or nearby low-hanging clouds obscure others. Occasionally, tornadoes develop so rapidly that little, if any, advance warning is possible. Before a tornado hits, the wind may die down and the air may become very still. A cloud of debris can mark the location of a tornado even if a funnel is not visible. Tornadoes generally occur near the trailing edge of a thunderstorm. It is not uncommon to see clear, sunlit skies behind a tornado.


Before a tornado

  • To begin preparing, you should build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.
  • Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or to commercial radio or television newscasts for the latest information. In any emergency, always listen to the instructions given by local emergency management officials.
  • Be alert to changing weather conditions. Look for approaching storms.
  • Look for the following danger signs:
    • Dark, often greenish sky
    • Large hail
    • A large, dark, low-lying cloud (particularly if rotating)
    • Loud roar, similar to a freight train.
    • If you see approaching storms or any of the danger signs, be prepared to take shelter immediately.

Tornado Facts

Quick facts you should know about tornadoes:

  • They may strike quickly, with little or no warning.
  • They may appear nearly transparent until dust and debris are picked up or a cloud forms in the funnel.
  • The average tornado moves Southwest to Northeast, but tornadoes have been known to move in any direction.
  • The average forward speed of a tornado is 30 mph, but may vary from stationary to 70 mph.
  • Tornadoes can accompany tropical storms and hurricanes as they move onto land.
  • Waterspouts are tornadoes that form over water.
  • Tornadoes are most frequently reported east of the Rocky Mountains during spring and summer months.
  • Peak tornado season in the southern states is March through May; in the northern states, it is late spring through early summer.
  • Tornadoes are most likely to occur between 3 pm and 9 pm, but can occur at any time.

Know the Terms

Familiarize yourself with these terms to help identify a tornado hazard:

Tornado Watch- Tornadoes are possible. Remain alert for approaching storms. Watch the sky and stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio or television f

f you are under a tornado warning, seek shelter immediately!  Most injuries associated with high winds are from flying debris, so remember to protect your head.


If you are in:


A structure (e.g. residence, small building, school, nursing home, hospital, factory, shopping center, high-rise building)

  • Go to a pre-designated area such as a safe room, basement, storm cellar, or the lowest building level. If there is no basement, go to the center of a small interior room on the lowest level (closet, interior hallway) away from corners, windows, doors, and outside walls. Put as many walls as possible between you and the outside. Get under a sturdy table and use your arms to protect your head and neck.
  • In a high-rise building, go to a small interior room or hallway on the lowest floor possible.
  • Put on sturdy shoes.
  • Do not open windows.

A manufactured home or office

  • Get out immediately and go to a pre-identified location such as the lowest floor of a sturdy, nearby building or a storm shelter. Mobile homes, even if tied down, offer little protection from tornadoes.

The outside with no shelter

If you are not in a sturdy building, there is no single research-based recommendation for what last-resort action to take because many factors can affect your decision. Possible actions include:

  • Immediately get into a vehicle, buckle your seat belt and try to drive to the closest sturdy shelter. If your vehicle is hit by flying debris while you are driving, pull over and park.
  • Take cover in a stationary vehicle. Put the seat belt on and cover your head with your arms and a blanket, coat or other cushion if possible.
  • Lie in an area noticeably lower than the level of the roadway and cover your head with your arms and a blanket, coat or other cushion if possible.

In all situations:

  • Do not get under an overpass or bridge. You are safer in a low, flat location.
  • Never try to outrun a tornado in urban or congested areas in a car or truck. Instead, leave the vehicle immediately for safe shelter.
  • Watch out for flying debris. Flying debris from tornadoes causes most fatalities and injuries.


Transgender service members can now serve openly, Carter announces

WASHINGTON, June 30, 2016 — Transgender service members in the U.S. military can now openly serve their country without fear of retribution, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced today, a policy decision that overturns the ban on transgender service across all branches of service, effective immediately.

Following a study at his direction, the secretary said during a Pentagon news conference, three main reasons led to the decision to lift the transgender ban: the force of the future, the existing force and matters of principle. 

Ban Lifted Immediately

“As a result of the yearlong study, I’m announcing today that we are ending the ban on transgender Americans in the United States military. Effective immediately, transgender Americans may serve openly, and they can no longer be discharged or otherwise separated from the military just for being transgender,” Carter said.

Further, he said, he has directed that the gender identity of an otherwise qualified individual will not bar him or her from military service or from any accession program.

Force of the Future Needs Best Talent

“[We in] the Defense Department and the military need to avail ourselves of all talent possible … to remain what we are now – the finest fighting force the world has ever known,” Carter said.

“Our mission is to defend this country,” he added, “and we don’t want barriers unrelated to a person’s qualifications to serve preventing us from recruiting or retaining the soldier, sailor, airman, or Marinewho can best accomplish the mission.”

The Defense Department must have access to 100 percent of America’s population for its all-volunteer force to be able to recruit from among the most highly qualified, and to retain them, the secretary told reporters.

Because an estimated 7,000 active and reserve transgender service members on the upper end now wear a military uniform, “I have a responsibility to them and their commanders to provide them both with clearer and more consistent guidance than is provided by current policies,” Carter emphasized.

Minimal Readiness Impact

Based on the working group’s analysis of 18 allied militaries including those of the United Kingdom, Australia and Israel and the expected rate at which American transgender service members would require medical treatment that would affect their fitness for duty and deployability, a Rand Corp. analysis concluded that there would be minimal readiness impacts from allowing transgender service members to serve openly, the secretary said.

And while transgender numbers are small, they serve the country with honor and distinction, Carter said, noting that DoD invests hundreds of thousands of dollars to train and develop each individual. “And we want to take the opportunity to retain people whose talents we’ve invested in and who have proven themselves,” he added.

Medical Expenses

Until today’s change in policy, transgender service members had to seek out-of-pocket medical care from private doctors who deemed whether certain procedures were necessary. 

“This is inconsistent with our promise to all our troops that we will take care of them and pay for necessary medical treatment,” the secretary said, adding that Rand found health care costs would represent “an exceedingly small proportion” of DoD’s overall health care expenditures.

Civilian federal employees have access to a health insurance plan that provides comprehensive coverage for transgender-related care and medical treatment, he noted.

Matters of Principle

The secretary said he and senior DoD leaders met in the past year with transgender service members who have deployed all over the world, serving on aircraft, submarines, forward operating bases and in the Pentagon.

The yearlong study was carefully examined for medical, legal and policy considerations that have been rapidly evolving in recent years and in light of DoD’s unique nature of military readiness “to make sure the department got it right,” Carter said.

After talking with doctors, employers and insurance companies, he said, it became clear that “transgender” is becoming common and normalized in public and private sectors, and he noted a “sea change” in the past decade.

Future Policy Phases

The new policies related to lifting the transgender ban will take place over the next 12 months, beginning with immediate guidance for service members and commanders, the secretary said. Next will follow training the entire force, and DoD will then start accessing new military service members who are transgender.

In no more than 90 days, DoD will issue a commanders’ guidebook for leading existing transgender service members, and guidance will be issued to military doctors to provide transition-related care if required for existing transgender troops, the secretary said.

By ending the ban on transgender service members, “we’re eliminating policies that can result in transgender service members being treated differently from their peers based solely upon their gender identity, rather than their ability to serve,” Carter said. “And we’re confirming that going forward we will apply the same general principles, standards, and procedures to transgender service members as we do to all service members.”

Deliberate and thoughtful implementationwill be key, he added, and DoD’s senior leaders will ensure all issues identified in the study are addressed in implementation.

“I'm 100 percent confident in the ability of our military leaders and all men and women in uniform to implement changes in a manner that both protects the readiness of the force and also upholds values cherished by the military -- honor, trust and judging every individual on their merits,” Carter said.

Good people are integral to the best military in the world, the secretary said, adding that he’s “we have reason to be proud today of what this will mean for our military -- because it is the right thing to do, and it's another step in ensuring that we continue to recruit and retain the most qualified people.”