Banner Archive for August 2007
 

Vice Chief of Staff designates West Point Center of Excellence for Ethics

Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Richard Cody (second from right) tells Cadets First Class Jarod Taylor, Aaron Folsom, Maryalice Pass and Jason Crabtree, a story about his cadet days Friday during his visit to West Point. Later that day, Gen. Cody designated the academy the Army Center of Excellence for the Professional Military Ethic. Photo by Eric Bartelt.

WEST POINT, N.Y. (Army News Service, Aug. 22, 2007) - Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Richard Cody expanded West Point's role as the America's premier leader-development institution Friday by designating the U.S. Military Academy the Army Center of Excellence for the Professional Military Ethic.

The move is part of Gen. Cody's initiative to formalize education programs aimed at bolstering the moral and ethical foundations of military service. Once operational, the center will reach across commands and the Army schools system to capture existing expertise and make available a variety of training resources.

"To me, the professional military ethic is our 'moral compass' that guides leaders to choose the harder right over the easier wrong," Gen. Cody told a crowd of approximately 230 alumni, staff and faculty, cadets and guests during the academy's alumni association meeting Friday.

Lt. Col. Pat Sullivan, deputy director of West Point's ethics center, explained what the professional military ethic means and how the new designation is simply an expansion of a role the academy has been filling for some time.

"Our professional military ethic is the system of moral standards and principles that define our commitment to the nation. It's articulated through Army values, the Warrior Ethos, the NCO Creed, the Soldiers Creed, our oath of enlistment and oath of office - those norms and beliefs that guide our service and keep us on azimuth," Lt. Col. Sullivan said.

"West Point has provided training packages to Army units, ROTC detachments and civilian entities for years. We've hosted the National Conference on Ethics in America for more than 20 years. The Center of Excellence formalizes that function and will broaden the outreach - and audience - that we serve," Lt. Col. Sullivan added.

Earlier in the day, Gen. Cody told cadets, "You are the morale compass and strength of this nation. You are the promise that no matter what the disaster, no matter the conflict, no matter the war ... this institution will not bend, this Army will not bow and this nation will never break."

Lt. Gen. Buster Hagenbeck, West Point superintendent, noted the academy is uniquely suited for this critical function.

"West Point has been the wellspring of Soldier values for more than 200 years," Lt. Gen. Hagenbeck said. "This center will directly impact the development - Army-wide - of Soldiers and leaders of character who can meet the morally ambiguous challenges of the current security environment."

The Center of Excellence for the Professional Military Ethic will provide the Army a range of leader-development resources. Plans include development of standing teams to meet requests for information and training, as well as scholarly research and publications addressing Army values and ethics. The existing Center for Company-Level Leadership will also offer practical exercises for junior-leader development through its online repository.

(Maj. Tom Bryant works for the U.S. Military Academy Public Affairs Office.)
 


Maj. Gen. David Huntoon, U.S. Army War College Commandant
Labor Day safety message

Aug. 27, 2007 --  Labor Day marks the Army's 101 Summer Safety Campaign's end and a fresh start to the new school year. It is a celebration shared by hard-working people, not only in the Unites States but all over the world.

    Many of us will be on the road over the upcoming weekend. I is essential that all individuals be reminded of the need for extra caution during the holiday period. I urge everyone in the command to obey the laws of the road, buckle up and don't drink and drive. By observing safe practices at home and on the highways, we can all enjoy a safe holiday.

 


2008 Soldiers Show audition information

    The auditions are open to all Soldiers, active duty, USAR, U.S. Army National Guard, with sufficient time in service remaining. USAR and U.S. Army National Guard Soldiers must be activated for the duration of the tour.

    Postmark deadline for submissions is December 31, 2007(In consideration of deployments and mission requirements, exception to policy requests will be handled on a case by case basis.)

   For more information visit http://www.armymwr.com/portal/recreation/entertainment/armysoldiershow/2007/audition.asp


Lori Yerdon, U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center
End of 101 Critical Days of Summer safety campaign draws near

FORT RUCKER, Ala. (August 24, 2007) – Labor Day marks the end of the 101 Critical Days of Summer safety campaign and the Army remains dedicated to engaging and educating all Soldiers on safe practices – both on and off duty.

    "Traditionally, the Labor Day weekend marks the end of summer," said the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center Command Sgt. Maj. Tod Glidewell. "There's usually increased exposure to outdoor activities and travel during this holiday and Soldiers and their Family members should make every effort to ensure that their holiday weekend is a safe one."

    Four Soldiers lost their lives to accidents during last year's Labor Day weekend holiday. Three of the accidents occurred in privately owned vehicles, while the other accident was fire-related.

    "The loss of even one Soldier is unacceptable," said Glidewell. "If Soldiers take advantage of the programs and tools that the Army offers and apply composite risk management into their daily activities, they may decrease their chance of becoming an accident statistic."

    One of the Soldiers killed last Labor Day weekend was a passenger in a vehicle operated by another Soldier. When the driver lost control of the vehicle while trying to negotiate a turn, it rolled. The passenger was not wearing a seat belt and died at the scene of the accident. The driver fled the accident scene and was found later, legally intoxicated.

    "Drinking and driving is not an option that anyone, whether civilian or military, should ever consider," said Lt. Col. Roy Templin, driving task force chief, USACRC. "The battle-buddy oncept should not only apply to the battlefield. Soldiers need to look out for each other off duty as well."

    To date, overall POV fatalities are down 9 percent from last year. Army safety officials attribute this feat to a combination of factors including engaged leaders and Army tools.

The Travel Risk Planning System, Motorcycle Mentorship Program and POV Toolbox are several of the tools that the USACRC offers in efforts to reduce risks associated with operating POVs.

    "TRiPS is an invaluable tool that helps individuals plan for a long holiday weekend or road trip," added Templin. "Additionally, the intent of this effective tool is to provide leaders with recommendations and insights into their Soldier's travel plans in order to protect the Army's most valuable asset, its personnel.

    "Even with the commitment our Army takes to educate and train Soldiers on all safety-related issues, ultimately the decision lies with the individual Soldier to 'Never Give Safety a Day Off.'"

 

 


Suzanne Reynolds, Carlisle Barracks Public Affairs Office
Carlisle Town Band to perform Free Concert to celebrate 250 years of Carlisle Barracks

  Aug. 10, 2007 -- The Carlisle Band will perform a free concert here on Monday, Aug. 27, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Wheelock Bandstand (Gazebo).  Inclement weather will cancel the concert.

  The Carlisle Band was formed in 1844 and has been performing continuously since 1900.  The Band consists of about 40 members from all walks of life, ranging in age from 15-80 years old.

  The Band's repertoire includes Patriotic favorites and marches, Broadway show tunes, polkas, waltzes, overtures, old time favorites, and comedy numbers.

  Some seating will be available, if you wish, bring your lawn chair or blanket.

  Water and soft drinks will be sold on the premises.


Tom Zimmerman, Carlisle Barracks Public Affairs Office
Borrowed bike leads to Bike Rodeo prize

Christian Clarke (left) and Kelley Booth (right) pose with the bikes they won at the 2007 Bike Rodeo on Carlisle Barracks Aug. 11. Courtesy photo.  want more photos?

Aug. 17, 2007 – A helmet, a borrowed bike and a little bit of luck lead to a new bike for one of the kids participating in the 2007 Bike Rodeo at Carlisle Barracks.

   The Annual Carlisle Barracks Bike Rodeo, sponsored by the Directorate of Emergency Services,  was held August 11 with more than 40 kids taking part according to Sgt. Jared Warner, traffic accident investigator.

    Prizes were given away to four children at the rodeo. Kelley Booth and Christian Clarke both won bikes donated by the Post Exchange.  Helen McCarthy and Tommy Weiss won helmets that were donated by the American Trauma Society.

   The win was especially sweet for Clarke whose bike had been destroyed when moving to Carlisle Barracks.

    "He had actually borrowed someone else bike to participate in the rodeo," said Warner. "When we held the drawing, he and his family had already left so we called them on a cell phone to come pick up the bike. He ran out to get his helmet out of the car and ran to get the bike. He was out of breath by the time he got there but was smiling from ear to ear."

   Each participant received a certificate of apperception from DES.

   Snow-cones were handed out by GMH for everyone that participated, and the Commissary donated snacks and drinks. Boy Scout Troop 173 was also there to support of the event, according to Warner.  

 


Women's Equality Day Commemoration Aug. 22

Aug. 16, 2007 -- There will be a Women's Equality Day Commemoration Aug. 22 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. featuring a timeline presentation by Col. Christine Stark and a musical presentation by Elliot & Dorksi in the Upton Hall Auditorium.  Refreshments will be provided.

                                                                                       


Tori Hennigan, Carlisle Barracks Public Affairs Office
Emergency Services hosts open house

Aug. 17, 2007 -- Police Sgt. Harold Weary Jr. shows how Rosie, an explosive detection dog, can pick out a suitcase containing dynamite at the Directorate of Emergency Services open house August 16th.  Weary is the post K-9 handler. 

    "What we did was a demonstration for the kids, searching luggage, and in this one here we put a couple sticks of dynamite inside, as you saw Rosie came around and searched, and she'll square off and sit down and let us know that something's in there," said Weary.

    Rosie is a three-year-old German Sheppard. Last January, she completed an eight-week training course to learn how to look for explosives.

    "We work our gates and entrances, mainly as a visual thing to deter any possible terrorist activity, and do random searches," explained Weary.

    At the open house visitors had a chance to climb in the police vehicles, fire truck and got tips on how to keep their family safe. Food and beverages were also provided.  Want more photos?

   


Carlisle Barracks Army Substance Abuse Program Office
Tips for a safe Labor Day weekend 

    Aug. 15, 2007 -- The summer season is coming to an end and we are gearing up for that last big celebration or picnic. Everyone needs to relax, unwind and say good-bye to summer. Many of us will share this time with our families or close friends. It is up to us to enjoy this weekend in a responsible, safe way.

    Every year, hundreds of families are faced with the devastating consequences of someone driving after consuming too much alcohol.  The following information offers suggestions on how to have a safe Labor Day Weekend.

Safe picnic/party planning

    When throwing a picnic/party, it is important to remember that you have a responsibility to your guests that they all have a safe afternoon or evening at your party.

    If alcohol is being served it is important to always offer your guests non-alcoholic beverages and food. You should also have activities such as dancing or games so as to not make alcohol the main-focus of the event. By offering your guests other activities, you are encouraging them to spend their time socializing instead of drinking.

    As host of the party, be prepared to help identify safe and sober transportation for all of your guests. This can be accomplished by identifying a safe-ride program in your area, providing your guests with the telephone number for a local taxi company or simply offering all of your guests a good nights sleep in your home. Ensuring a safe and sober ride home for all your guests is the easiest way to ensure a safe holiday event.

How to have a safe labor day event

  • Always know who is driving– Make sure the designated drivers have plenty of non-alcoholic drinks.
  • Serve food – Especially foods such as cheese, nuts, and meat as these foods help slow the body's alcohol absorption rate.
  • Obey the law– ID anyone you may not know at your party. Never serve anyone who is under 21 or is already intoxicated.
  • Focus on fun– Have games, music, entertainment or other activities to shift the emphasis from drinking to socializing.
  • Know what to look for– Signs of impairment can include lack of coordination, aggressive behavior, very talkative, very indifferent, slurred speech and incoherent speech.
  • Offer Safe-Rides– Whether it is providing taxi company numbers or having a designated driver available, make sure no one leaves the party to drive impaired.

How to be safe at a Labor Day event

  • Decide beforehand who will be the designated driver.
  • Make a pact with your friends that someone will call the Police. While this may be hard to do, it will help deter anyone from leaving the party drunk.
  • Leave Early – Statistics show that the highest percentage of drunk drivers, are on the road between 12:30 and 3 AM.
  • Be extremely cautious and observant when driving, even if it is early. Remember that many people begin drinking early at office holiday celebrations.
  • If you have too much to drink and/or do not feel comfortable with your designated driver, call a taxi or ask the host to help you identify a safe, sober ride home.

Designated driver program

    A designated driver is a person in a group of two or more drinking age adults who agrees not to drink any alcoholic beverages and to safely transport the other group members home.

  •     If it is a large group, more than one Designated Driver may be needed.
  •     Designated Drivers should not drink any alcoholic beverages and are therefore never the person least drunk.
  •     Designated Drivers are also important if someone is taking medication that makes them drowsy or otherwise impaired.
  •     When you use the Designated Driver Program, this does not mean that you should drink beyond control, you too need to be responsible.

Tips for celebrating safely – if you choose to drink

  • Eat before and during drinking.
  • Before you celebrate, designate; identify a responsible driver or use public transportation.
  • Don't chug your drinks; drink slowly and make your drinks last.
  • Alternate between alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
  • Remember the word HALT, don't drink if you're Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired.
  • Drink responsibly, stay in control of your-self.
  • Remember, it's ALWAYS ok NOT to drink.

FACT the loss of lives to impaired driving is completely preventable. There are alternatives.

    For additional information contact the ASAP office at 245-4576 or Safety Officeat 245-4353.

 

 


Chief of Staff of the Army addresses USAWC students

Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey, Jr. spoke with U.S. Army War College students, staff and faculty in Bliss Hall on Aug. 15. During his two-hour talk, Gen. Casey touched on the challenges facing today's military and answered students' questions. Photo by Scott Finger.


Tom Zimmerman, Carlisle Barracks Public Affairs Office
USAWC first in Army to enable wireless access in schoolhouse

  Aug. 14, 2007 -- The U.S. Army War College has always been on the cutting edge of curriculum and teaching strategies and now it's a leader in using technology to teach and learn as well.

    According to Lisa Ecker, an IT project manager with the Chief Information Office, the Army War College is one of the first senior military academic institutions to use wireless and tablet PC technology in its classrooms.

    "We have been discussing a mobility project since late 2005, when we wanted to see how the use of tablet PCs could enhance the program here," said Ecker. "We knew the tablets also had a wireless capability and wanted to see how we could leverage that too."

    At the time, Ft. Monmouth, N.J. was also attempting a wireless project.

    "They had done a lot of the background work, so we knew what kinds of security issues to be concerned with and where we would need to start," said Ecker. "Once the initial planning was complete, a site survey of Root Hall was done to determine where access points could be placed and where the program could achieve maximum efficiency. After the survey, the pilot project was selected for the library and a seminar room. Ft. Monmouth has since had issues with their wireless project and it has stalled."

    Dr. James Downey, a faculty team leader for Seminar 9 and member of the Department of Command, Leadership, and Management was one of the original proponents of the program and volunteered his seminar last year for the project.

    As part of the initial pilot project, there were 13 access points for the network installed in Root Hall in the USAWC Library (9), in seminar 9's classroom, the model classroom, and in two faculty offices.  Each member of seminar 9 was given a tablet PC to use for the academic year. There are now NIPRNET access points in all of the seminar rooms, student study break-out rooms, the Joint Deli, Command Conference Room, Wil Washcoe Auditorium, the Moore Room, and the offices of several faculty instructors.

    "The students were given the tablets just before the Christmas holiday, so they would have a chance to learn to use them," said Ecker. Troubleshooting, a portal page to provide feedback, and DOIM Service Desk assistance were provided for the students during this time as well.

    "This really gave us a chance to see how they students were using them and how we could improve the project for the future," said Ecker. "There is no current plan in place to expand the tablet project to include tablets for all USAWC students, however, we're always receptive to suggestions on how the tablets and the current wireless capability can be better utilized and incorporated into the curriculum at the War College." All of the renovated seminar rooms are capable of wireless NIPRNET access.

    In order to make the network secure, there are both hardware and software firewalls and other security devices in place to make sure there are no unauthorized accesses. The DOIM also periodically scans the network to make sure there have been no intrusions.

    "We had a vulnerability team from Ft. Belvoir come in and test the system to see how secure it was," said Ecker. "At the end of the evaluation they were very impressed by how truly secure the network was."      

     It's important to note that there are two types of wireless in the building.    

    "We have two types.  One which is secure, much like what you access from your normal work PC, provides access by a government device to the NIPRNET and the Carlisle network and its resources " said Ecker. "The other type we have is a wireless, non-secure DSL line in the library.   This is for visitors and those who bring in their own personal devices to conduct research, perhaps, or work in the Library."

   The ability to work wirelessly is appreciated by those in the library.     

   "Increasingly, wireless access is ubiquitous, and the many visitors to the USAWC are delighted to find wireless access in the USAWC Library as well," said Bohdan Kohutiak, library director. "When the CIO proposed wireless service in Root Hall, the library volunteered to be a test bed for it, and at present the library is the sole site in Root Hall to offer free high-speed DSL wireless capability. I am pleased with the positive response from students, faculty, and staff, and especially from visitors, such as USAWC conference attendees, DDE students, and others who are here for a short period of time and require only access to the Internet."

    Any user who has a personally owned laptop properly configured for wireless access can use the wireless DSL available in the Root Hall library. Users are responsible for the same code of conduct as with any other PC in the building.

   Now that the project has been up and running for a few months, it's time to take a look at how to improve it, noted Ecker.

    "As with any new capability and any new pilot, we have had to overcome some challenges, but most members of the pilot user community have been patient and forthcoming with some very good feedback."

"Overall, I have been very happy with the positive response."

 

 


Credit report correction class slated for Aug. 17

    Aug. 12, 2007 -- A credit report correction class will be held on Aug. 17, from 9 – 11 am, in the Army Community Service conference room located in Anne Ely Hall.

    This training will provide you with guidance and knowledge on your credit and debt repayment history, and methods to reduce debts and improve your credit rating, according to Cora Johnson, financial program manager.

Topics to be covered:

·         Providing consumers with free credit report

·         Consumers rights to see your credit score

·         Consumers rights to opt-out

·         Reporting negative info to the credit bureau

·         Placing a fraud alert

·         Blocking info from being given to credit bureaus

·         Special protection for active duty members

·         Cleaning up and correcting your credit and the consequences of a bad credit rating

    For reservations contact Cora Johnson, at 245-4720. 

 


  Job fair scheduled for Sept. 13

    Aug. 13, 2007 -- A job fair is scheduled to be held at Carlisle Barracks on Thursday, Sept. 13 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Letort View Community Center.

    At the Carlisle Barracks Job fair, you'll have a chance to network with Central Pennsylvania businesses in all fields, and learn how they might be able to help you reach your professional goals, according to Cora Johnson, ACS. This job fair is open to both military and civilian personnel living in Central Pennsylvania. More than 40 employers are expected.   

    The fair is sponsored by the Carlisle Barracks Army Community Services and the Employment Readiness Program.

    For more information contact Jeffrey Hanks or Donna Jones at  (717) 245-4357.

 


 Tori Hennigan, Carlisle Barracks Public Affairs Office
Accomplishments of Soldiers, civilians recognized at ceremony

Spc. Ryan Tuazon (left) receives his award for being named the Soldier of the Quarter from Lt. Col. Sergio Dickerson during the Quarterly Awards Ceremony Aug. 7 in the LVCC. Photo by Charity Murtoff.

 

Aug. 7, 2007 -- Distinguished civilians and military personnel received awards at a ceremony held at the Letort View Community Center, August 7th

    Lt. Col. Sergio Dickerson, garrison commander, welcomed the awardees' and thanked them for their hard work and service.

    "I'd like to welcome all of you who made it here today, our great awardees', I appreciate what you've done for Carlisle Barracks," said Dickerson.

Special Awards

  • Civilian of the Qtr, 3rd Quarter, FY07

Romayne C. Leake, CSL

  • NCO of the Quarter, 3rd Quarter, FY07

Cpl. Anthony J. Paolucci, DUSAHC

  • Soldier of the Quarter, 4th Quarter, FY07

Spc. Ryan C. Tuazon, HHC, Chapel

Special Recognition

·         Staff Sgt. Catherine M. Hutson, HHC, HRD

                        Army Achievement Medal, NCOIC Tax Center

  • Gary Hunst, DES

                        Commander's Award for Civilian Service for Acting Director, DES

·         Liz Knouse, MWR

Commander's Award for Civilian Service for Acting Director, DMWR

  • Keith Bailey, DPW

                        Achievement Medal for Civilian Service for Installation Environmental Programs

  • Army Emergency Relief Campaign Expression of Appreciation

                        Sgt. 1st Class Donald Kenney, CSL

                        Sgt. Brandon Hutson, DUSAHC

                        Sgt. Charles Herzog, HRD

                        Spc. Katrina Adams, HQ USAG

                        Cora Johnson, ACS

  • USAG Certificate of Appreciation for Installation Picnic

                        Sgt. Brandon Hutson, DUSAHC

                        Spc. Katrina Adams, HQ USAG

                        Romayne Leake, CSL

                        Bonnie Moore, SSI

  • USAG Commander's/CSM Coin

                        Tech. Sgt. Aaron Kavanagh, SSR,  USAF Honor Graduate from NCO Academy

Length of Service Awards

  • Ken Thompson, PAIO – 35 years Federal Service
  • Larry Chestnut, DMWR, Golf Course – 25 years Federal Service
  • Jonathan W. Durant, CSL – five years  Federal Service
  • Mark Olley, DMWR, LVCC – five years Federal Service
  • Arnold Contreras, DMWR, Strike Zone Bowling Center – five years

 


Tom Zimmerman, Carlisle Barracks Public Affairs Office
War College Class of 2008 school year officially kicks- off

Members of the Old Guard carry the colors during the Opening Ceremony for the U.S. Army War College Class of 2008 Aug. 10 on Indian Field. Photo by Tom Zimmerman. Want more photos?

Aug. 10, 2007 –  The warm weather couldn't keep people away as the stands were packed and the crowd spilled over onto the areas surrounding the grandstand during the Opening Ceremony for the U.S. Army War College Class of 2008.

    Students and their families were treated to colorful, traditional military performances by the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry Regiment "The Old Guard" Fife and Drum Corps, and the U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own," and a Review with a Retreat during the hour-long event. The ceremony was held on the post's historic Indian Field.

    With the formal opening ceremony, the students begin a yearlong curriculum that provides a strategic perspective, equipping them with personal and professional qualities and capabilities needed in a strategic environment.

    This year's resident class includes 162 Army, 19 Army Reserve, 19 Army National Guard, 25 Air Force, three Air National Guard, four Air Force Reserve, 13 Navy, one Navy Reserve, 14 Marines, three Marine Reserve and one Coast Guard Officer.  Thirty-three civilians from the Department of the Army, Defense Leadership and Management Program, Department of State, National Security Agency, and Department of Homeland Security, are in attendance. The 43 International Fellows are foreign military officers from –  Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Egypt, El Salvador, Georgia, Germany, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Lebanon, Malawi, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, the Philippines, Poland, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. 

     USAWC studies include senior-level leadership, national military strategy, joint doctrine, regional studies and strategies and theater campaign planning – with military history, strategy, operational planning and ethics integrated throughout the course offerings. The Army War College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

    The class will be in residence through graduation in June 2008, when the students receive the Master of Strategic Studies and credit for the top level of military education.

The grandstand on Indian Field was packed with new students and their family members. Photo by Tom Zimmerman.

    


Commandant welcomes new War College students

Maj. Gen. David Huntoon, U.S. Army War College Commandant, welcomed members of the Class of 2008 in Bliss Hall on Aug. 10. During his remarks, Huntoon congratulated them on their selection and stressed the importance of their service.

"Your military service in this long war against terrorists is part of an equally challenging time in every other element of international power -- diplomatic, informational, and economic. You are all leaders at a time of high velocity change in our world, in a global system that Thomas Friedman describes as flat, that we describe as volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous, and one whose stark international threats scream at us from today's headlines."

    Huntoon added that he felt each of the students were ready for that challenge.

   "You will meet the challenges of this new world.  It is your sense and sensibility, your courage and competence that will ultimately bring order out of this chaos, and it is our responsibility to help you as much as we can. That is the true purpose of your time here at the Army War College."


Power outages planned for post

Aug. 9, 2007 -- Field Support Services, Inc. is performing preventative maintenance on all electrical switches on Carlisle Barracks.  Residents and individuals working on the installation should anticipate electrical outages for up to four hours on the below dates.  The time listed is the anticipated start time for the outage.

Switch 1-1        8/13/07           PX and Class 6 stores

                         8 a.m.             

Switch 1-8        8/14/07           Bldg LVCC 313, 24, 311, 312, 318, 321,

                         8 a.m.            25, & 316

Switch 1-4        8/14/07           Bldgs 46,7,22,23,2,4 & 5

                         3 p.m.

Switch 1-12       8/24/07           Bldg 450

                           noon

Switch 1-6        8/25/07           Bldg 122, 1, Marshall Ridge, Med Supply,

Switch 1-7        6:30 a.m.         Mill, 315, 322, 314.                                      

 


 Army News release
Temporary change of station (TCS) /TDY policy changes 

Aug. 9, 2007 -- What is it? The Army is putting the "temporary" back into Temporary Change of Station, or TCS. TCS is the status of Soldiers who are deployed away from their home stations to support a contingency operation. TCS assignments were appropriate following the 9-11 attacks because it appeared that these duty assignments would be short-term in nature. But the fact that we are engaged in an environment of persistent conflict requires us to reassess the use of TCS status. Following a review of TCS management, the Army has determined that many short-term assignments have evolved into long-term requirements and different approaches to meeting these requirements should be used. (In this context, long-term means assignments for more than 180 days.)

    What has the Army done? In a recent review of the management, administrative, and financial aspects of the TCS program, the Army identified challenges that must be addressed with revised policies and procedures. The challenges included:

  • No predictability in managing positions
  • Above average expenses
  • Government lodging and meals underutilized, resulting in unusually high cost in travel claims

   In an effort to reduce costs while maintaining operational support, the Army conducted a program review which identified potential cost reductions the Army could realize if it altered the way it pays allowances for lodging and per diem. Since operational support is necessary to sustain forward operations and the Soldiers serving in these mission essential positions are providing vital support, the Army will introduce a new policy which is expected to have minimal impact on operational support, Soldiers and their Families while presenting the Army with significant long-term cost reduction.

   The Secretary of the Army directed the Army Staff to develop a TCS Action Plan to fix the identified challenges so the 16,000 Soldiers currently on TCS orders and their Families have a process that makes sense, is predictable, and honors their willingness and commitment to serve in long-term positions. After thorough coordination and discussion, the Secretary approved the Action Plan developed by the staff. These changes are intended to make TCS orders the exception rather than the rule for Soldiers deployed in validated long-term assignments. The revised policies do not apply to Soldiers in the combat zone or qualified hazardous duty area.

   What's next? Effective Aug. 15, 2007, long-term TCS /TDY assignments will not be authorized unless a waiver is approved by the Assistant Secretary of the Army(Manpower and Reserve Affairs). Units will submit waiver requests through the chain of command, endorsed by a major general or above. The objectives of the policy are to limit TCS status to periods of 180 days or less and to use PCS or long-term TDY assignments for contingency requirements lasting longer than 180 days. Incumbents will be offered PCS. In addition, Soldiers who are granted waivers for TDY beyond 180 days will be reimbursed at a reduced per diem rate of 55 percent of the maximum daily locality per diem rate.

    Between Aug. 15 and 30 Sept. 30, the Army will instruct the field to take actions to document, or eliminate directed missions. If the Soldier does not accept or is not offered either PCS or long-term TCS, the Soldier will remain in a TCS status until the current order expires or until Jan.31, 2008, whichever is earlier, and then be released from active duty.

    If the Soldier accepts PCS, he or she will receive a housing allowance based on the permanent duty station (PDS) to which he or she has been ordered. Soldiers who are granted waivers for TCS beyond 180 days will use government lodging solutions if available. Soldiers in this status, using government lodging solutions, will receive full reimbursement for meals and incidental expenses (M&IE) unless government dining facilities are available.

    In implementing these changes to how it fills long-term contingency requirements the Army will take great care to eliminate or minimize the impact on operations, and on Soldiers and their Families. The present strategic environment clearly shows these requirements will remain over time. Hence, the Army needs an efficient and responsive system to continually validate these requirements, and to sustain them.

 


Tori Hennigan, Carlisle Barracks Public Affairs Office
New students learn how to live well at APFRI Health Day

   Aug. 7, 2007 -- Members of the resident class are learning not only how to protect our nation, but also their health.

    The Army Physical Fitness Research Institute Health Day kicked off August 8th with speeches from Dr. Richard Flanagan, a preventive cardiologist, and Leslie Bonci, the Pittsburgh Steelers nutritionist.

    Col. Tom Williams, director of APFRI, spoke to the resident class, telling them that it was important not only to work hard on their studies, but also their physical wellbeing.

    "The Army Physical Fitness Research Institute tries each year to bring you, in this first week of class, some strategic perspective on your own fitness for the coming year," said Williams " So that, not only do you reflect on the professional development of the next war college year, but also use this year to kind of reset and get yourself out there to implement these strategic ideas and thoughts and procedures you're going to learn about."

    Flanagan spoke to the class about how to live to 100. He identified the top 10 causes of death in the United States and how to prevent them.

     "Tragically 25% of men die of sudden death, prematurely, it doesn't have to happen.  We don't have to succumb to this disease.  We've got the tools to make a dent in all the top 10 causes of death in the United States today.  They're eminently preventable," said Flanagan.

    Flanagan's instructions on how to live to 100 included exercising, not smoking, lowering cholesterol and blood pressure, and eating healthy, but he also offered some very easy advice.

    "Don't keep adding paperwork and pressure to your life, don't get caught in situations you have no control over, while you're at it, remember to relax."

    Flanagan is a clinical cardiologist for the Health and Science Center of the University of Colorado where he has been inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame.  Flanagan has also earned several degrees from Jefferson Medical College, St. Josephs, and Villanova.

    Leslie Bonci was next in line to give the class advice on healthy living.  Bonci started her speech by asking the students questions about their eating habits.

    "My goal is for eating to be more proactive," said Bonci, "Because every single one of us in this room right now, we are the only ones who are going to control how healthy we are going to be."

For daily servings Bonci recommends:

·         Three servings of whole grains

·         Four or more servings of fruits and five or more servings of vegetables

·         Three servings of low-fat or skim milk, or dairy

1500-2300 milligrams of sodium

·         30-90 minutes of physical activity 

·         Two fish meals a week

·         Healthier types of fatty foods, like soybean, corn, canola, olive oils, and nuts and seeds

    During her speech, Bonci stressed the importance of sitting down and having a meal for the "chew factor", rather than eating on the go.  She said that people should not cut foods out of their diet, and that there is no bad food.

    "People focus on nutrients, not food items, people eat carbs, carb is not a word short for carburetor, but carbohydrates.  We don't just eat protein, we don't just eat fat, we eat food," said Bonci.

    Bonci has been coming to the War College and addressing each class for nine years. Bonci is the director of sports nutrition at the Center for Sports Medicine, and a nutritionist for many sports teams in Pittsburgh, including the Steelers and Penguins.

 

 

 


Tori Hennigan, Carlisle Barracks Public Affairs Office
Post youth get a chance to cool off at Kids Day

 

Children play in a fire hydrant turned sprinkler at the kid's day event Aug.3. 

Aug. 3, 2007 -- Not even 95 degree weather could deter children from coming out to the Kids Day Fair August3rd at Carlisle Barracks. 

    The event took place outside the Youth Services Center from one to four-thirty.  There were many activities for children to choose from, with bathtub races, moon bounces, and karaoke, only to name a few. The highlight of the day was a fire hydrant used as a sprinkler for children, and in some cases adults, to play and cool off in.

    The event was held to help children new to Carlisle Barracks come out and meet others and make friends.

    "This is the welcome for new kids on post.  We've been doing this five years in a row.  There are a couple of new pieces of equipment, we've got food, a disk jockey, the fire departments always here.  You can see the kids are pretty happy," said Bob Salviano, director of youth services.

    Although most of the children are new a few of them have lived on Carlisle Barracks for a few years.  This is 12 year old Mike Yeager's second year at the fair.

    "It's really fun" said Yeager.

     Many parents accompanied their children to the event to see what was going on or to sign their children up for the youth services program.

    Sgt. Anna Newton's children have been attending the fair for a couple of years.

    "This is really cool.  It's the first time I've been to it personally, but the kids love it."

    Members of the police department were on hand to provide information on bike safety, crime prevention, and handed out crayons and coloring books for children.

 


Carlisle Barracks Spouses Club release
Sign up for spouses club Aug. 29 

Aug. 7, 2007 -- Take full advantage of your year in Carlisle, attend the "Welcome and Sign Up" sponsored by the Carlisle Barracks Spouses Club (CBSC) on August 29 from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. at the Letort View Community Center.  

    "More than 50 organizations will be represented which makes this a great opportunity for spouses to get involved in the dozens of activities offered," said Lisa Towery, CBSC President. "This club also donates thousands of dollars in scholarships funds each year as well as outreach programs both on post and in Carlisle. It's exciting and fun to be part of that process."  This year's theme is "Celebrating friendships, Old and New."

    Tickets to special tours such as the NYC Rockettes Christmas Show and the White House Christmas decorations are popular events and are on a first-come, first serve basis. Other offerings for sign up include a Gourmet Club, Book Club, Carlisle Barracks Cookbook, Conversation and Culture, Ways & Means, and much more!

    The first monthly CBSC luncheon is scheduled for Wednesday, September 19 at the LVCC.  Bunco is the theme.

    Sign up now to become a part of this unique experience with the Carlisle Barracks Spouses Club.    

 


Pennsylvania State Department of Environmental Protection
To eliminate mosquitoes at home: dump it, drain it, treat it

Simple Measures Help Prevent Spread of West Nile Virus

August 8, 2007 -- Officials from the Department of Environmental Protection today reminded area residents of simple steps they can take to control mosquitoes in their own yards – an important effort in combating the spread of the West Nile virus.

    "DEP and county coordinators are working to keep the mosquitoes under control, but you can also play a big role in controlling the population of these insects," said Environmental Protection Regional Director Joseph A. Feola. "Remember: dump it if it has water in it; drain it if it can be drained; and treat it if it has standing water. These are easy measures that everyone can take in their own back yards to help protect themselves and their family from the West Nile virus."

    The DEP provided the following tips to eliminate mosquito-breeding sites around the home:

· Identify and eliminate standing water that collects on your property. Mosquitoes will breed in any puddle that lasts for more than four days.

· Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots or similar water holding containers, including those that have become overgrown by aquatic vegetation.

· Empty water that may accumulate in discarded tires.

· Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers that are left outside.

· Have clogged roof gutters cleaned annually, particularly if the leaves from surrounding trees tend to block the drains.

· Turn over plastic wading pools when not in use.

· Turn over wheelbarrows and do not allow water to stagnate in birdbaths.

· Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish.

· Keep swimming pools clean and chlorinated, and prevent water from collecting on swimming pool covers.

   DEP and county West Nile coordinators monitor the type, location and population of immature (larvae and pupae) and adult mosquitoes. This information is then used to treat those areas with high populations of mosquitoes that are known West Nile carriers.

   Pennsylvania's aggressive approach has contributed to a drop in the number of human West Nile virus cases, which, when transmitted to people, can cause West Nile fever and encephalitis, an infection that can cause inflammation of the brain and death.

    Last year, the virus was found in 48 Pennsylvania counties. In Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties, it was found only in birds and mosquitoes.

    Most people bitten by an infected mosquito will never develop any symptoms, and only one in 150 with symptoms will develop the more serious West Nile encephalitis.

    In 2005, 25 residents contracted the disease, with no deaths attributed to the virus. In 2006, two of nine Pennsylvanians contracted West Nile virus and died.

    Because mosquitoes acquire the virus from infected birds, residents are reminded to report dead crows, blue jays and hawks.

    West Nile control coordinators will collect a limited number of dead crows, blue jays, hawks, owls, eagles and falcons for testing through Oct. 31. Residents who discover dead birds and would like to submit them for testing should call the local West Nile county coordinator.

    When handling dead birds, use rubber gloves. If you do not have gloves, insert your hand into a plastic bag, grasp the bird carefully and invert the bag over the bird. Each bird should be placed in a tied plastic bag and then placed inside a second tied bag. If you are not submitting the bird for testing, place the bagged bird in the trash. Wash your hands with soap and water.

    For more information about West Nile virus, and register for updates via e-mail, visit www.westnile.state.pa.us. People can also call 1-877-PA-HEALTH for information.

 


Power outages expected Aug. 13, 14

Aug. 6, 2007 – Two scheduled power outages are expected to affect some post services on Aug 13 and 14.

    The first planned outage is Aug. 13 and will affect the Post Exchange and Class VI store from 8 am- noon. Both of the retail outlets will be closed until approximately noon.

    The second outage is planned for 8 a.m.- noon on Aug. 14 will affect the Letort View Community Center. The offices will be closed until noon.


Public Affairs staff report
'Welcome Jam' entertains new students, families 

A clown entertains some children during the 2007 Welcome Jam, Aug. 3 at the Cumberland County Historical Society. The event was an opportunity for new U.S. Army War College students and their families to get an opportunity to meet each other and enjoy downtown Carlisle. Photo by Suzanne Reynolds. Want more photos?

Aug. 3, 2007 -- New U.S. Army War College students and their families were treated to a "Welcome Jam" Aug. 3 in downtown Carlisle. A "Mix and Mingle Cook Out" complete with hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and beverages, was held at the Cumberland County Historical Society Courtyard While there a clown was present to entertain children. 

    Sponsors of the Welcome Jam include the Carlisle Regional Medical Center, Tuckeys, the USAWC Alumni Association, the Carlisle Barracks Commissary, Post Exchange and Thrift Shop.

  Following the cook out, attendees were able to take a short walk up West High Street to the Carlisle Square, where they were entertained by the U.S. Army Field Band "Volunteers" who performed a free outdoor concert for the Carlisle community.

 


Dr. Anna Waggener, U.S. Army War College Director of Institutional Assessment|
USAWC hosts summer academic planning conference

    August 1, 2007 -- The Summer Academic Planning Conference was held on July 31 in the Normandy Room in Collins Hall. Each of the centers, departments and institutes on carlisle Barracks were present to discuss events for Academic Year 2008 and other issues in Joint Professional Military Education.

Dr. Bill Pierce presents the Advanced Strategic Arts Program. 

    The presentations included a Dean's welcome by Dr. Bill Johnsen.  The Department of Academic Affairs presented the AY08 Calendar Review and an Electives update by Col. Charley Higbee and Dr. Anna Waggener presented accreditation updates of Professional Accreditation of Joint Education and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. 

    Also, Navy Cmdr. James Greenburg, Department of National Security and Strategy, presented the AY08 Commandant's Lecture Series update and a Strategic Communication theme while Col. Jiyul Kim presented an update on the Regional Studies Elective. 

    Course Concept Briefings included the Department of Military Strategy, Planning, and Operations Implementing National Military Strategy course by Prof. Bob Coon, and the Advanced Strategic Art Program by Dr. Bill Pierce. Prof Bill Lord, presented for the Joint Processes and Landpower Development for the Department of Command, Leadership, and Management.

    Dr. Clay Chun, Chairman of the Department of Distance Education, presented an overview of the Department of Distance Education Class of 2008/9 and Col. Phil Evans of the Center for Strategic Leadership gave an AY08 Strategic Decision Making Exercise update.

    The dean concluded the conference with long range planning issues of AY09 and beyond in terms of major events, faculty, students, facilities, and educational methodology and technology.

 


Carlisle Barracks Public Affairs Office staff report
Carlisle Barracks, American Legion team up to host job fair

 

Job seekers talk to a representative from the Veterans Affairs Disability Compensation in Philadelphia during a job fair held July 31. Courtesy photo.

 Aug. 1, 2007 -- Carlisle Barracks and the American Legion, Post Number 826 sponsored a Job Fair on July 31.

    "Although the Job Fair was open to all applicants, the target was Disabled Veterans and their Families," said Cora Johnson, Carlisle Barracks Equal Employment Opportunity Disabled Program Manager.

    At the hiring event were representatives from corporate employers, law enforcement and vocational rehabilitation to name just a few. In all, there were 24 employers present at the fair for disabled veteran job seekers.

    "There are situations where veterans are not able to continue with their military career and are ready to transition to civilian life," said Lt. Col. Sergio Dickerson, garrison commander. "Our mission is to assist these men and women in finding career opportunities following their military service to our country. Our commitment to increasing employer awareness of the value veterans bring to the workforce. This job fair is a way of connecting our disabled veterans to employers, and we look forward to working with the community in the future to conduct more of these extremely worthwhile events."
   More than 135 applicants' attended the job fair with 80 of them being veterans. 26 participants were hired during the job fair.

   Robin Pottorff of HD Supply said she was pleased with the turn out and stated that she had never been as busy and had as consistent a flow of applicants at any job fair that she had attended. The Department of PA Corrections also brought along their portable "Mini-bus human resource office" to screen and process applicants for on the spot hiring. 
    The success of this job fair could lead to more like it in the future according to Johnson.
    "We are pleased to have Carlisle Barracks and The American Legion on our Job Fair team," said Johnson. "With their support, I believe that we can do an even more effective job of connecting employers with job-seeking veterans throughout 2007 and beyond."  


Tori Hennigan, Carlisle Barracks Public Affairs Office
Root Hall says goodbye to 'wonderful spirit'

  July 31, 2007 -- The Root Hall Barbershop will not be the same since Esther Rea has retired after 18 years of dedicated service.

    Rea, originally from the Carlisle area, said she never realized how many good friends she had here until she was ready to leave.

    "I will miss how good the people have treated me and been fortunate in the way they've let me come in every day.  It has been good working here.  I don't work in the same atmosphere other people work in," said Rea.

Esther Rea gives a haircut in the Root Hall barber shop on July 27.  Rea has retired after 18 years of working at Carlisle Barracks.

    Rea had many regular and loyal customers at Carlisle Barracks.

    "Esther is a fantastic person; she has gone out of her way to make sure everyone is taken care of, and has become an icon here at the war college and she is going to be missed," said Lt. Col. Stephen Sobotta, who has gotten his hair cut by Rea for nine years.

    Rea's last day was July 27 and a ceremony was held for her in Wil Washcoe Auditorium, where Maj. Gen. David Huntoon Jr., U.S. Army War College Commandant spoke about her contributions and her work at Root Hall.

    "We need that therapeutic presence in our lives and Esther has been that for so many, many of us. She is certainly very skilled as a barber, but she's just a wonderful spirit here at root hall for many, many years," said Huntoon.

    After the ceremony cake and punch were provided in the cafeteria. Rea said she plans to retire to do, "Whatever I want."

    After almost two decades of working in Root Hall, Rea is going to be missed by many at Carlisle Barracks.

    "Where ever she goes, whatever she does she is going to bring some real joy to the people who she works with," said Huntoon.

 


Public Affairs Office staff report
2007 CFC Golf Tournament Aug. 23

July 24, 2007 -- This year to help promote the Combined Federal Campaign, Carlisle Barracks will sponsor a golf tournament to raise funds for the CFC campaign. All proceeds made from the golf tournament will be distributed to the general CFC agency organizations. 

"We are hoping to have fun, raise awareness of the CFC as well as money for a good cause," said Cora Johnson, the post CFC manager.

    The outing is scheduled for Thursday, August 23, 2007 at 12 p.m. (RAIN OR SHINE) at Eagles Crossing Golf Course in Carlisle and the format will be a four-man scramble. The cost per person is $65.  This includes green fees/cart, range balls, steak dinner/drinks.  There will also be drawings for door prizes, 50/50 chance and long ball prizes. The registration deadline is Aug. 10.

    In 1961, Federal Employees saw a need to bring the diversity of fundraising efforts under one umbrella.  They created the CFC—an employee campaign, not a management campaign.  This campaign is to be held only one time a year.  The CFC is unique because it is the only authorized solicitation of employees in the Federal Workplace on behalf of charitable organizations.

    For more information contact Cora Johnson, at 245-4720 or email: cora.johnson@carlisle.army.mil


Tom Zimmerman, Carlisle Barracks Public Affairs Office
Carlisle Barracks, GMH celebrate first milestone in housing project

Col. James Garrett and his wife Kathey help cut the ribbon 
during a ceremony held at Young Hall July 25. 
The ceremony
marked the opening of the first 12 renovated apartments in
the building.
Photo by Tori Hennigan.

July 25, 2007 – Under a bright and sunny sky, Carlisle Barracks celebrated the first milestone in the post's renovation and new housing construction project as the first section of renovations was unveiled at Young Hall on July 25.

    The post and its privatized housing partner GMH Military Housing, held a ribbon cutting of the steps on the building built in 1936. Renovations have been completed on the C and D bays of the building, which unveiled the first 12 units that are now ready for occupancy.

    "Today we highlight the first 12 completed units, 11 of which are already occupied by the incoming U.S. Army War College class of 2008," said Maj. Gen. David Huntoon Jr., USAWC Commandant. "The hard work of GMH and its partners is clearly evident in this special place with the conversion of 44 1936 vintage barracks-style units into 26 modern apartments including individual laundry, community areas and elevator service."

        As part of the renovation project, Young Hall will now have 26 housing units, each between 2,000- 2,200 square foot each. In contrast, the building was originally configured to have 44 units, each between 740-1,700 square feet. Apartments will come in three and four bedroom floor plans. Each apartment will be equipped with new appliances, cabinets, ceramic tiles in the bathroom and kitchens, central air and heating units, lighting fixtures, and a laundry room. There will also be interior storage for each apartment.

     The rooms previously used for apartment laundry were converted into two community rooms for the residents use. Also installed in the building are two elevators. 

    "We wanted to provide the residents with a space that they could use if they needed more room for a get- together, or holiday party," said Ty McPhillips, the project manager for GMH Military Housing.

    The historic importance of the building was also highlighted during the ceremony.

    "Buildings are not just concrete and glass, storm windows and shiny new cabinets.  They are almost living, breathing membranes that reflect and in some cases define the character of the unique places they serve and the special people they shelter," said Huntoon. "Young Hall served first as a barracks for over 500 Soldiers during the time of the Army's Medical Field Service School in the interwar period, and then as apartments for hundreds of military families who served in every conflict since World War II.  These walls hold many stories of the daily struggles of military life, of the sacrifice of past campaigns, and always of the commitment to a brighter future for the nation through the selfless service of Soldiers and their families." 

   Huntoon echoed the thoughts of those speaking at the ceremony when he said how important the new housing project was for Soldiers and their families.

    "We owe those families and as well this new greatest generation the very best possible housing while they serve with us here at Carlisle Barracks. "I am very proud of this effort, and our Soldiers and families today deserve no less."  

    Chris Williams, Senior Vice President of Project Management for GMH, echoed these feelings.

    "This is the best project I've ever been a part of," he said. "To be able to give back to the military who gives us so much means a lot to me."

      One of those families and the first occupant of the newly-renovated section of Young Hall was the Garrett family. Col. James Garrett is a member of the USAWC Class of 2008 and his wife Kathey took part in the ribbon cutting ceremony. After the ceremony guests were able to walk around the empty renovated apartment and enjoy food and beverages in the renovated lobby area on the ground floor of the building.

Residential Communities Initiative background   

    Carlisle Barracks and Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., are part of a combined project under the RCI, a partnership between the Department of the Army and the private sector to improve housing for military families. On May 1, 2006 GMH Military Housing assumed operations and management of the 316 homes on Carlisle Barracks. The plan developed by RCI and GMH involves the construction of new neighborhoods, replacement of existing neighborhoods  and the renovation of historic housing.

    This multi-million dollar project over a five-year initial development period will include:

  • Demolition of 136 existing homes
  • Construction of 184 new homes
  • Renovation of 79 historic homes
  • Construction of 6,000 square foot community center
  • Development of sports fields.

 

 

 


Tori Hennigan, Carlisle Barracks Public Affairs Office
Babysitting course prepares post youth

Post youth take part in a youth babysitting course July 25 and 26 in the LVCC. Photo by Tori Hennigan.

July 26, 2007 -- Post youth taking the babysitting course at Carlisle Barracks are learning new and useful skills that may help them earn some extra money in the coming years. 

    More than 50 children took the course offered July 25 and 26, headed by Betsy Ferguson, family child care specialist, at the Letort View Community Center.

    The children learned fire safety, developmental activities, and how to identify child abuse. The students were also taught age appropriate activities they can do with the children and how to prepare healthy snacks.

    "The biggest thing we try to teach them is how to change a diaper, how to hold a baby and what you do with a pre-toddler is not what you do with the school age kids," said Ferguson.

    The children also received CPR and first aid training from Barb Coons, Marge Livingston, and Sara Ellwood Dunham Health Clinic. 

    13-year-old Azana Wiley is one of the children taking the classes.  She had already taken babysitting courses in Arizona before she moved to Carlisle Barracks, but wanted to learn CPR.

     "We learned about first aid and how to care for children when they need comforting and when to call 911," said Wiley, "I also think it's a good way to meet people."

    Although the ages of the children taking the courses vary, only those who are 13 or older will be placed on the Carlisle Barracks babysitting list.  People interested in receiving a copy of the babysitting list can sign for one at the youth services center or the Moore Child Development Center.


USAWC Class of 2006 plaque unveiled

Col. Michael Moyer (left) and Col. David Hain, both members of the U.S. Army War College Class of 2006, remove the cover from the plaque on the exterior of Root Hall on July 26. During the short ceremony, the accomplishments and future responsibilities were discussed.  Numerous members of the class were in attendance. Photo by Tori Hennigan.


Army takes further action to address Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, mild Traumatic Brain Injuries in worldwide training

    July 17, 2007 -- The Army July 17 launched a "chain teaching" program as part of an aggressive campaign to educate more than 1 million Active, Reserve and National Guard Soldiers worldwide within the next 90 days about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injuries.
    "Chain teaching" is a technique where leaders train their immediate subordinate leaders in small groups, who then in turn train those whom they lead, who in turn train the next level of leadership and so on, further down the line, until all Soldiers have received the required training. Key elements of this technique are the mastery of the information by leadership at all levels because they must teach the subject, plus the significance of the issue is made prominent by the teaching coming directly from unit's own leadership.
    All Soldiers in combat suffer stress, but most recover quickly. Those whose symptoms persist may have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. PTSD is a condition that often follows a terrifying physical or emotional event, causing the person who survived the event to have persistent, frightening thoughts and memories, or flashbacks, of the ordeal. People with PTSD often feel chronically, emotionally numb.
  Mild TBI is a physical injury to the head due to any circumstance. The enemy's weapons of choice include improvised explosive devices, mines and other explosives and their cumulative blast effects may cause behavioral health symptoms such as sleep problems, memory problems, confusion and irritability. Many Soldiers experiencing these temporary symptoms may not know why they have them.
   As Soldiers continue to deploy on multiple combat tours, brain injuries and combat-induced psychological stress are the primary health care concerns for Army leadership.     The recognition, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of PTSD and TBI are essential steps needed to care for Soldiers and their Families.
   This chain teach program also will help erase the perceived stigma that discourages soldiers from seeking treatment for mental and behavioral health concerns.
    "Combat is inherently brutal and difficult, and it impacts humans in different ways," said Gen. George Casey Jr., chief of staff of the Army. "We have made significant improvements in the identification and treatment of PTSD and mild TBI, but we must aggressively work research, prevention and treatment of these injuries and, most importantly, encourage Soldiers and their Families to seek treatment."
   This aggressive chain teaching program will augment behavioral health assessment tools and measures already in place, and emphasize the Army's commitment to providing the best health care possible. Senior Army leaders also hope to diminish the stigma attached to mental health treatment and counseling.
    "We have more than 144,000 Soldiers in combat today," said Secretary of the Army Pete Geren. "And more than 750,000 have deployed to and from the combat zones in Central Command. Our Nation and our Army owe these Soldiers and their Families nothing less than our total support. The Army is committed to ensuring all returning Soldiers receive the behavioral health care they need and deserve. True to our ethos, we will never leave a fallen comrade."
    Information regarding the chain teaching program and other behavioral health programs is located at http://www.behavioralhealth.army.mil. The Army Medical Department's site provides resources and mental well-being information for Soldiers and their family members.
    Media seeking more information on the chain teaching program should contact Army Public Affairs (703) 697-2564.

 


Carol Kerr, Carlisle Barracks Public Affairs Office
High School buddies cross paths at War College

Col. Kirk Warner and Col. Gary Loxley met at the 
Army War College resident phase, several decades after 
leaving Greenville High School, Ohio. 
Photo by Staff Sgt. 
Christopher Fincham.    

July 26, 2007 -- It's 450 miles from Greenville High School in Ohio, to the Army War College Class of 2007.  For two Greenville grads, the road covered 30 years, thousands of miles, hundreds of adventures, and one big coincidence.

    Both attorneys for the Army, Col. Kirk Warner and Col. Gary Loxley, left Greenville High in 1976 and 1979, respectively. They'll both walk across the parade ground bandstand July 27 to receive master's degrees in Strategic Studies from Commandant Maj. Gen. David Huntoon and commencement guest Lt. Gen. Russell Honore.

   From Greenville, Warner journeyed to Ohio State University, N. Carolina State U., and University of Toledo School of Law. His military law career took him to Baghdad as commander of the Legal Services Organization for Operation Iraqi Freedom, and to his current position as deputy legal counsel to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon. In his other, civilian career, he is partner and senior litigator for Smith Anderson law firm, in Raleigh. N.C.

    "When I got to the War College and started looking at my fellow students' biographies, Loxley's Greenville Ohio listing jumped out at me," said Warner. "At every break in the student day, we've been swapping stories about mutual friends and teachers.

Our paths crossed once, in 2003 when I was shipping out of Fort Bragg on my way to Kuwait for OIF-1, and he was incoming to Bragg.

   Loxley served that year as deputy commander and team member of the legal organization in support of mobilization, and in 2005 he was chief of the criminal law division for 18th Airborne Corps. Loxley's path led to his dual career, now, as both assistant prosecuting attorney for Warren County, Ohio, and commander of the 9th Legal Services Organization in Whitehall, Ohio. 

    "Especially in time of war, legal advice to commander is significant. And, legal advice to soldiers and family members is extremely important – before they deploy, while they're in theater, and after the soldiers get back for soldiers reemployment rights, for example.

   Members of the Judge Advocate Corps are problem solvers by trade," said Loxley. "We can be proactive with advice to avoid problems down the road, and we brief soldiers about rights and responsibilities. But, usually, people come to a "JAG" when they've got a problem and need advice."

   "It's funny," said Warren about the similar life paths. "At the end of the day, it's all about where you grew up. Our school gave solid values, education and the ethos of hard work. Our county is known for great Americans like Nathaniel Greene, Lowell Thomas, Norman Vincent Peale, Annie Oakley, and Revolutionary War Gen. "Mad Anthony" Wayne.

     "If there's anything about Greenville that led us both to careers in the Army, it's the down-home, wholesome people," said Loxley, who regularly makes it to his high school reunions. "I'm proud to be a native of Greenville, and pass along the Greenville qualities of integrity, honesty and seeing things as they are."

    "I joined the Army to do something a little different, and the longer I stay the more I like it, said Warren who counts attendance at Army War College as a long-term goal.

   "I've always admired people who have the war college in their background," said Warren. "They seem to be strategic thinkers; they're more innovative, and bring more to the leadership table."

 


Carol Kerr, Carlisle Barracks Public Affairs Office
War College celebrates accomplishments of graduates

U.S. Army War College distance education program graduates wait for their names to be called during the graduation ceremony held July 27. The keynote address was given by Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoré, commanding general, First U.S. Army at Fort Gillem, Ga. Photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Fincham.

July 27, 2007 --   The Army War College celebrated the academic accomplishments of the Class of 2007 distance education program, and memorialized the graduates of the Class of 2006 during two symbolic rites of passage.

    Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré, former commander for Joint Task Force-Katrina, was keynote speaker for the Army War College graduation July 27 at the historic parade ground of Carlisle Barracks. Currently the commanding general of First US Army at Fort Gillem, Ga., he challenged the student body to apply the strategic leadership principles they've learned at the War College.

     Reminding the audience of values, vision, courage and maturity, Honoré spoke of the Soldiers at Valley Forge long ago. "They had no boots, no Veterans Administration, no internet at the F.O.B., and five days left on their enlistment. But they fought for a concept bigger than them; they fought for freedom."

    "It's your time to stand up, said Honoré. "There are Soldiers who need your leadership, your courage and your knowledge."

     The 285 graduates include officers of the Army National Guard (93),  Army Reserve (94), active Army (58), Air Force (1), Coast Guard (1), Marine Corps Reserve (9), Navy Reserve (10), and the federal civilian workforce (11).

    "You will encounter mortal danger and tough ethical challenges," said Maj. Gen. David Huntoon, USAWC Commandant, to the graduating class. "You will deal with them with honor and dignity, with the power of intellect as well as the profession of arms."

    "I am proud of your record and heartened by the promise of excellence in your future service," he said.

    Eight foreign military officers participated in the class as International Fellows, representing Canada, Latvia, Mexico, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.

Honoré speaks to the graduates and their families members during the ceremony. Photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Fincham.

Retired Gen. Barry McCaffrey gave the capstone address on July 26, finalizing the student body's two-week residence at Carlisle Barracks, featuring guest speakers and guest seminar participants who focused dialogue on national security and counterinsurgency.   The ceremony celebrated academic accomplishments during the two years of study in strategic leadership; international relations and the use of power; national security policy and strategy; war and military strategy; regional issues and interests; DoD organization, planning and strategy; joint and multinational operations/ theater operations; campaign planning and operational art; irregular and catastrophic challenges; and contemporary military issues.

Accomplishments of Class of '06 also recognized

    On the day before graduation, the students joined alumni of the Class of 2006 to dedicate the brass plaque bearing names of the USAWC Class of 2006 graduates of both resident and distance programs. Mounted on the exterior walls of Root Hall, the college's academic building, the plaque joins earlier versions with graduates such as Eisenhower, Patton, and others whose names are repeated in history books.

    The graduates' names are publicly remembered for sacrifice, hard work and long hours – and for the promise they represent, said Huntoon at the plaque ceremony. The plaque is an enduring recognition of accomplishments, and of the shared trust and confidence among Army War College graduates.

    "Stories of valor and virtue follow the names on the War College plaques," said the commandant. "The Class of 2006 is making its history today through the responsibility of senior strategic leaders at a time of war – in Iraq and Afghanistan – and in mobilization sites, depots and the Pentagon."

 

 


 Army Field Band "Volunteers" to perform Free Concert

  The United States Army Field Band "Volunteers,"the musical ambassadors of the Army, will perform a free concert at the Square in Downtown Carlisle on Friday, Aug. 3 at 7:30 p.m.  Don't forget to bring your lawn chairs.
  In the event of rain the concert will be held at the Comfort Suites.


Suzanne Reynolds, Carlisle Barracks Public Affairs Office
2008 Carlisle Barracks Welcome Jam Aug. 3 

  July 27, 2007 -- The Downtown Carlisle Association, Greater Carlisle Area Chamber of Commerce and Carlisle Barracks will welcome the USAWC Class of 2008 Students and their families at the "Carlisle Barracks Welcome Jam" on Friday, August 3.

  From 5-7 p.m. a Mix and Mingle Cook Out, complete with hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and beverages, will be held at the Cumberland County Historical Society Courtyard (first block of West High Street, across from the Carlisle Theatre).  A clown will also entertain children. 

  Sponsors of the Welcome Jam include the Carlisle Regional Medical Center, Tuckeys, the USAWC Alumni Association, the Carlisle Barracks Commissary, Post Exchange and Thrift Shop.

  Inclement weather will cancel this event.

  Following the Cook Out, stroll up West High Street to the Carlisle Square, where you will be entertained by the U.S. Army Field Band "Volunteers" who will perform a free outdoor concert for the Carlisle community from 7:30-8:45 p.m.

  Remember to bring your lawn chairs.

  Inclement weather will move the concert to the Comfort Suites at 10 South Hanover Street.


Tom Zimmerman, Carlisle Barracks Public Affairs Office
War College faculty member gets first-hand look at change in Afghanistan

U.S. Army War College faculty member Air Force Col. Ben Leitzel poses with students during a visit to an Afghanistan school. Leitzel is currently serving as the Air Plans Director at Headquarters Internal Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. Courtesy photo.

    A U.S. Army War College faculty member is not only helping to rebuild airfields and aviation infrastructure in Afghanistan, he's also building relationships.

    Air Force Col. Ben Leitzel, a USAWC faculty member in the Department of Military Strategy, Planning and Operations, is currently serving as the Air Plans Director at Headquarters International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. This serves as NATO's operational headquarters in the country.

    Part of Leitzel's duties is to help coordinate the activities of several different organizations as the U.S. transfers control of Kandahar Airfield to NATO.

    "This entails everything from the runways and taxiways to contracts for fuel, electricity, food, water, and sewage just to name a few," he said.

     Leitzel is the Steering Committee Co-Chair for the movement of NATO operations at the Kabul International Airport.

    Letizel stands next to a destroyed MiG 21 at a former Soviet airfield. 

  

To allow for development of the civilian international air terminal, NATO is moving its operations to the other side of the runway," he said. "This is a multi-year effort that involves building a new ramp, hangers, operational facilities, living accommodations, and all life support functions. Once the land is leveled and the construction is complete, NATO will have a monumental task of moving all functions and personnel while continuing to support the high operations tempo at one of Afghanistan's busiest airfields."

    In addition to these duties, Leitzel also monitors development projects at other dual use airfields.

    "These development projects assist NATO in accomplishing its mission and assists the Government of Afghanistan in improving its infrastructure, this is especially important because Afghanistan has no ports, no railroad system, and very few improved roads," he said. "Sometimes air provides the only rapid access to some areas of Afghanistan.  The development of aviation and airspace also opens the doors to the international business community.  Furthermore, over flight and landing fees is a major source of revenue for the Government of Afghanistan (GOA)." Leitzel also de-conflicts the military and civilian aviation programs with the long-term goal of synchronizing the efforts of civilian aviation with NATO and the Afghan National Army Air Corps operations through efforts to use common fuel and electrical supplies for the airbases.

    He also points out that he's not always working, he does find some time to interact with the local community, like visiting a local school.

    "The school was for young boys about 10 years of age and was located in what looked like a row of garages with an open end that would hold about 20 students" he said. "Some of the students were able to speak basic English, such as, 'hello, what is your name.'"

    It's also not always work for Leitzel who said he often participates in runs and other activities on the post.

    "Friday is our 'down day' at HQ ISAF due to it being the Muslim holy day.  This day is highlighted by MWR and sporting activities to include an early morning 5K on the last Friday of each month," he said. There is also a bazaar featuring local merchants where personnel can buy everything from Afghani carpets to original Afghani blue lapis jewelry. Leitzel said that in his spare time he usually works out, reads or emails his family or friends. 

    Leitzel said that he thinks the work he is doing is not only beneficial while he is serving there, but will pay off when he returns to the War College. The assignment has given him the opportunity to work side-by-side with personnel from several NATO and coalition countries.

    "This will help me relate the importance of working with our international fellows, not only in the seminar but also during our future assignments," he said. "I can also use these experiences to demonstrate the impact of strategic issues and the importance of military planning at the strategic and operational levels of war." 

    He has also had the opportunity to work along side some USAWC grads during his tenure there, including U.S. Gen. Dan McNeill, ISAF Commander, German Brig. Gen. Bruno Kasdorf, ISAF Chief of Staff and U.S. Col. Jim Dickens, advisor to COMISAF.

     Leitzel said that while the work he is doing in Afghanistan may not seem exciting, he feels it's important to the stabilization of the country during its post-Taliban reconstruction.

    "Most people think of operating in Afghanistan at the tactical level countering the Taliban or providing reconstruction and development to improve the lives of the citizens. However, they may not realize the amount of staff work that is encountered at headquarters such as ISAF and throughout the NATO command structure," he said. "These may not be exciting projects, but we're all working on important issues that will lead to a stable, enduring Afghanistan."

    Leitzel is scheduled to return to the USAWC in mid-September.


Staff Sgt. Christopher Fincham, Carlisle Barracks Public Affairs Office
Local team wins East Coast basketball title

    July 27, 2007 -- If you ask the coach, it was the worst team he had in his 15 years of experience. Undersized and outplayed, they were lucky to win a game or two at area basketball tournaments.

    "When I first started coaching these guys we weren't very successful at all," said Chad Johnson, a fitness facility manager at Carlisle Barracks.

    But that was four years ago, and as the saying goes – things change.

    The 2007 version of the Carlisle Rocks just completed an unprecedented 21-0 season and an American Youth Basketball Tournament East Coast Championship in Williamsport, Pa. July 21.

   Though still undersized compared to their competition, no team was going to outplay them anymore according to Johnson.

    "You can have the size and the talent, but you have to be able to play together as a team," Johnson said. "That's something that I've always tried to teach these guys."

    The team of 16-year olds and under has been working together since they were in middle school and have certainly shown their ability to come together as a team – a trait that Johnson attributes to their remarkable dedication, persistence and resilience to work hard and get better each year.

    "The difference this year is that the kids worked really hard in the off-season," he said. "They developed mental skills to get better and they built up some better work ethics."

    The Rocks is a team made up of players from Carlisle Barracks and the Carlisle community. Even with the challenges of the year-to-year turnover of families coming and going from Carlisle Barracks and the relatively small size of the installation itself, the team has been able to establish a core group of players and an overall team work ethic and pride.

   "What we set out to do when I got here was to use the relationship between the Carlisle community and the military community here and give the kids an opportunity to play, he said. "Out of the 11 ballplayers on the team, I've had seven of them for three years or more and they've stuck with it. Even though they were losing back then, they stuck with it – and now they're champions."

    The Rocks rolled through tournaments in Redding, Pa., Morgantown, Pa. and the State tournament at Millersville University, but faced their steepest competition when they made it to Williamsport.

    After knocking off the tournament's defending champions in the semifinals, the team needed two overtimes to pull out a 4-point victory in the championship game.

    "If you look at our team and look at some of the teams that we faced you would think there would be no way that we could compete with them. We were just outsized by nearly every team," explained Johnson.

    That's where the team's relentless use of various press defenses came into play. From a 2-2-1 to a more classic full court man-to-man, the players focused on knowing where they needed to be and used their speed and precision technique to pressure and confuse their opposition.

    "Sometimes quickness beats size. We took the half court game out and made it a full court game, which cut them down to our size," Johnson said. "That was our greatest success, because these kids keyed in on learning [the press] and knowing where they need to be and without that we wouldn't be the champions right now."

    So now four years removed from the worst team he's ever coached, Johnson's opinion, much like his Carlisle Rocks team, has changed greatly: "I can sit here and tell you now that this team was by far one of the best – if not the best team – that I have ever coached."

 


Suzanne Reynolds, Carlisle Barracks Public Affairs Office
USAWC Class of 2008 and Newcomers' County Fair to be held Aug. 9

Post shuttle service provided

  July 30, 2007 -- The USAWC Class of 2008 and Newcomers' County Fair will be held Aug. 9, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the Letort View Community Center, Thorpe Hall Gym and the Upton Hall Reading Room.

    The fair provides newcomers to Carlisle Barracks and their family members with information about the various activities and agencies on Carlisle Barracks and in the local Carlisle community.

    The fair is composed of four distinct sections:  Midway – Morale, Welfare, and Recreation activities (Lejune Room, LVCC ); Main Street I and II – Off Post businesses (Thorpe Hall Gym and the Upton Hall Reading Room); Community Support Activities (LVCC); The College Fair – (Halsey and Vandenberg Rooms, LVCC).

    Better Opportunity for Single Soldiers (BOSS) will be selling hamburgers, hot dogs and more from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., between  LVCC and building 314 on Pratt Avenue.   

    The parking lot adjacent to buildings 314 and 315 on Lovell Avenue will be designated parking for newcomers that live off post and downtown merchants.  A portion of the DPW parking lot will be designated for downtown merchants.  Lovell Avenue will be one-way traffic from Pratt Avenue to Guard House Lane due to vehicles parked on both sides.

    Shuttle bus service will be available for Carlisle Barracks residents and off post students from 7:15 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1-4 p.m., and stop every 15 minutes at three designated locations: Post Exchange parking lot, next to the ATM machine; corner of Wright Avenue and Butler Road, adjacent to Collins Hall; and between Anne Ely Hall and Washington Hall on Garrison Lane.


 Army Substance Abuse Program release
What parents need to know about college drinking

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

A Snapshot of Annual High-risk College Drinking Consequences.

It is important to remember that these consequences may affect your son or daughter whether or not they drink.

  • Death: 1,400 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die each year from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including motor vehicle crashes.
  • Injury: 500,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are unintentionally injured under the influence of alcohol.
  • Assault: More than 600,00 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are assaulted by another student who has been drinking.
  • Sexual Abuse: More than 70,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape.
  • Unsafe Sex: 400,00 students between the ages of 18 and 24 have unprotected sex and more than 100,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 report having been too intoxicated to know if they consented to having sex.
  • Academic Problems: About 25 percent of college students report academic consequences of their drinking including missing class, falling behind, doing poorly on exams or papers, and receiving lower grades overall.
  • Health Problems/Suicide Attempts: More that 150,000 students develop an alcohol-related health problem and between 1.2 and 1.5 percent of students indicate that they tried to commit suicide within the past year due to drinking or drug use.
  • Drunk Driving: 2.1 million students between the ages of 18 and 24 report driving under the influence of alcohol last year.
  • Vandalism: About 11 percent of college students report that they have damaged property while under the influence of alcohol.
  • Property Damage: More than 25 percent of administrators from schools with relatively low drinking levels and over 50 percent from schools with high drinking levels say their campuses have a "moderate" or "major" problem with alcohol-related property damage.
  • Police Involvement: About 5 percent of 4-year college students are involved with the police or campus security as a result of their drinking. An estimated 110,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are arrested for an alcohol-related violation such as public drunkenness or driving under the influence.
  • Alcohol Abuse and Dependence: 31 percent of college students met criteria for diagnosis of alcohol abuse and 6 percent for diagnoses of alcohol dependence in the past 12 months, according to questionnaire-based self-reports about their drinking.

 

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

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

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