Banner Archive for August 2008

Military Retiree Day offers benefits, updates

CARLISLE BARRACKS, PA –The Annual Military Retiree Appreciation Day at Carlisle Barracks, Pa., is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 6 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Bliss Hall.  

    The free event offers benefits updates, seminars and services for all military retirees, family members, survivors, and pre-retired military personnel. Be prepared to show photo identification, vehicle registration and vehicle insurance at the gate; follow special events signs to parking for the event.

     Retired Lt. Gen. Frederick Vollrath, co-chair of the Chief of Staff Retiree Council will be the keynote speaker.

     Seminars will update beneficiaries about TRICARE-for-Life (Over Age 65), TRICARE (Under age 65), Legal Affairs, and Veterans Affairs. Military service organizations and Carlisle Barracks activities will offer information and answer questions.

     Identification cards and vehicle registration will be issued from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Anne Ely Hall, Building 46 on Ashburn Drive.   Mini-health screenings will be offered from 8 to 10 a.m. in the Dr. Mary Walker Room in Root Hall, Building 122.

     A luncheon at the Letort View Community Center is available on a pre-pay basis.  Pre-payment by check or money order is required before the day of the Retiree Appreciation Day.   For more information, contact the Retirement Services Office at Carlisle Barracks: 717-245-4501 or 717-245-3984.

Sgt. Travis Edwards, 80th Training Command (TASS)
WWII veteran's remember comrades, dedicate monument


Members of the Veterans of the 80th Division Association unveil a monument dedicated to their fallen comrades from the World Wars and the Global War on Terrorism during a memorial dedication on Aug. 15 at the Army Heritage and Education Center. Photo by Sgt. Travis Edwards, 80th Training Command.

Aug. 27, 2008 -- Each year there are fewer and fewer veterans from past wars, yet each year there are more and more monuments dedicated to their courage, sacrifice, and accomplishments in defense of their country.

    On Aug. 15, members of the 80th Division Veterans Association and the Descendants of 80th Division Veterans, along side current active members of the 80th Training Command, remembered the service of those 80th Division veterans's who passed away this year.

    The memorial and dedication took place in Pennsylvania at the Carlisle Barracks post chapel and the Army Heritage and Education Center, respectively.

    These men and women, accompanied by friends and family, then dedicated a monument memorializing the fabled unit's actions and fallen Soldiers from the World Wars and today's Global War on Terrorism.

    Former World War II prisoner of war Don Davis, Company K, 319th Infantry Regiment, 80th Infantry Division, said "we are here to honor our comrades who served and those who died. This is a fitting location for the monument where many of today's children will about the past and those who fought against tyranny – yesterday and today."

    Nancy O'Connor, grand-daughter of World War veteran Bill Ritchie, Company M, 318th Infantry Regiment, 80th Infantry Division, joins her grand-father and other family members at the Association's reunion each year.

    "(Bill Ritchie) is a Battle of the Bulge veteran and is very proud about his service to his country," said O'Connor. "I love him very much and enjoy spending time with him every year at the reunion where we celebrate his service and interact with his friends."

    "It is always wonderful to have an opportunity to be with the Veterans and their families," said Cecilia and Bruce Smith, members of the Descendants of the 80th Veterans."

    "We always look to have quality time to devote to each attendee which was a challenge this year due to our mission, but we always thank them for their service and for the efforts they expend each year to join comrades in the few days of remembrance of their military contributions for our freedom," said Cecilia.

    The monument is made of stone and stands nearly seven feet tall. On it are inscribed the three major wars the members of the 80th Division have served in: Allied Expeditionary Force from 1917-1919, the European Theater of Operations from 1942-1946, and the Global War on Terrorism from 2001 to present.

    The monument lists all campaigns, battle deaths, and causalities associated with the combat operations as well as the inscription: In remembrance of our 80th Division comrades who died and served their country.

    Carlisle Barracks Chaplain (Col.) Arthur Pace, summarized the purpose of the event with his invocation. "We thank you for these Warriors, who shook their fists at tyranny, and rescued the world from evil," he said. "May we never forget those who preserve our freedom."

   "Future visitors will view this monument and reflect on the sacrifices memorialized with this monument," said Army Historian Col. John Dabrowski, U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, who accepted the monument as a gift to the U.S. Army.

    "They will remember that freedom is not free," he said, "and that we hold these sacrifices sacred."


Editor's Note: Sgt. Travis Edwards is a public affairs noncommissioned officer from the 80th Training Command and new member of the 80th Division Veterans Association. For more information on the 80th Training Command visit and the 80th Division Veterans Association visit






Richard Baker, U.S. Army Military History Institute
This Week in Army History: 'OSCAR' Goes to War


View of "OSCAR" with camouflage parachute. Photo by USAMHI.     


August 26, 2008 -- Paratroop decoys were used by the Allies during Operation Dragoon, the mid-August 1944, invasion of southern France. Afterwards, Axis Sally a German radio propagandist called them the "product of a fiendish Anglo-Saxon mind." The adoption of parachutes gave armies the ability to rapidly insert large forces behind enemy lines. This capability allowed for the use of surprise and deception operations, fostering the use of decoys.
    The German Army launched history's first large-scale airborne operation during the invasion of Holland and Belgium in May 1940. The first use of decoy, or dummy, paratroops occurred during the assault upon Fort Eben Emael. Postwar, German Field Marshal Albrecht Kesselring remarked that "the attempt at surprise was successful. Today, one cannot even imagine the panic which was caused by rumors of the appearance of parachutists, supported by the dropping of dummies." These operations were not the last time the Germans used dummy parachutists. In December 1944, Adolf Hitler ordered General Kurt Student, commander of German airborne forces, to form a battle group of paratroops for action in the planned Ardennes offensive: the Battle of the Bulge. Among the supplies available were "several dozen straw filled dummies that would be dropped on dummy landing zones to confuse the enemy." Overall, the resulting airborne operation was a resounding failure, though indications are that the deception action was the most successful feature of the entire plan.
    For the Allied effort an American manufacturer, George Freedman, of Ashland, Massachusetts, secretly created a decoy for the British in 1939. Codenamed "Rupert," it appeared in Operation Titanic, a major deception ploy used during the June 1944 Normandy invasion.
    The U.S. military continued developing the concept, creating the "Navy PD Pack" and later the Army decoy codenamed "OSCAR." The National Defense Research Committee oversaw the early American development of paratroop decoys. In 1944, working with the U.S. Navy, the Navy PD [Paratroop Decoy] Pack simulator was developed. The Navy PD Pack was one of the early examples of several decoy models created over the following decade. Designs included a windsock model made from salvaged Army sheets, a plastic film figure, and a composite cloth, plastic, steel and plaster version.
    The latter culminated in the creation of "OSCAR," or, in Army parlance, "simulator, decoy paratrooper: self-destructive," federal stock number item (FSN) 1080-650-0201. Entering service in 1955, "OSCAR" remained a part of recommended airborne strategy and tactics found in Army Field Manuals until 1977. The item was dropped from the stock number listing in July 1977. "OSCAR" and his ancestors were part of the world's military arsenal for over thirty-seven years.
    "OSCAR" represented years of research and experience involving paratroop decoys. From humble beginnings of simple straw-filled uniforms the concept evolved through a variety of means, methods, and materials. The dummies presented significant advantages for assaulting forces while creating serious problems for defenders, causing "considerable confusion" on the battlefields of Europe and the Pacific. "OSCAR" earned his stripes and deserves to be considered one of the most successful of deception devices.



Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
RCI project bringing new housing to Carlisle Barracks


An artist's rendition of the new housing in
the Marshall Ridge Phase II housing
development. The construction of the
new, single family homes, will start later
this year. The project is scheduled to
be completed in the summer of 2009.

Aug. 26, 2008 – As summer begins to wind down; the post's new housing project continues to push ahead at full speed.

    Last month the Meadows housing area opened for residents and in a few weeks the first phase of the Marshall Ridge project will also be complete.

    "On September 26, residents will start to move into the 12 new duplex units, 24 homes total, in Marshall Ridge," said Ty McPhillips, the project director for Balfour Beatty Communities, Carlisle Barracks partner under the Residential Communities Initiative. The residents of the new homes are permanent party personnel who are moving from the existing red homes on Marshall Road.

    "The majority of the effort left on the homes is some interior work and the exterior landscaping," said McPhillips. "We're preparing the installation of the playground equipment that will be in the middle of the development, which will be very similar to the one in the Meadows."

    One of the final pieces to the project will be the re-surfacing of the road, which is scheduled to start on Sept. 22.


Maj. Will Wade, aide-de-camp and future occupant of the
new Marshall Ridge housing, talks with Ty McPhillips,  
project director  for Balfour Beatty Communities, 
in one of the soon-to-be-completed homes 
during a recent 
town hall meeting. 
Photo by Thomas Zimmerman.  


Marshall Ridge Phase II

    After the residents are moved out of the existing red homes, the second phase of the project will begin. The existing red homes will be fenced off and demolished.

   "In this area we're going to construct 22 single family homes and six duplex units, 12 homes," said McPhillips. Construction will start near Quarters One and will progress down the road towards the bowling center. These homes will also be for permanent party personnel.

    The project is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2009.

College Arms

    You may have noticed that the 31 homes along Craig and Sumner Roads near the post retail area have been demolished.

    "The demolition is complete and the next phase will be the construction of 12 duplex units (24 homes total). These homes will be the same as those in the Meadows," said McPhillips.  The homes are also slated to be complete next summer.

    "Our plan is to have them ready for the incoming War College class," he said.

Delaney Field Club House


Progress in being made on the Delaney Field
Clubhouse, a new community center for
Carlisle Barracks. The 6,000 square-foot
building will have meeting rooms, a
conference room and others for
community use. Delaney is slated to be
completed in October.
Photo by Tori Hennigan.

    Progress is also being made on the Delaney Field Clubhouse, located adjacent to the post chapel.

    "The masonry has been installed and now we're tying in the utilities from post," said McPhillips. "The project has run into some delays due to the large amount of rock that workers have had to break apart."

    Once compete, the 6,000 square-feet building will have two large meeting rooms -- one with a large gas fireplace, a full kitchen, a TV room, an internet library, a conference room, men's and women's bathrooms that are also accessible from the outside and the offices for Balfour Beatty Communities and the RCO.

    "We really want this to be a one-stop-shop for people who are coming to live on post," he said. "We also want the club house to be a place where residents can get together, hold meetings, and socialize." The club house will also feature two patios with awnings for outside events. Events can be scheduled by contacting the Balfour Beatty Communities office.

    Other works that remains are the installation of the patio, sidewalks and insulation and drywall. The entire building is scheduled to be complete in October.

The Meadows

    Just because the Meadows housing area is packed full of occupants, it doesn't mean the work is done according to McPhillips.

    "We're going to be planting some more trees in the development," he said. "Also, once the weather cools and we start to get some more rain we'll plant more grass." Street lamps are also slated to be installed in early September.

    Overall though, McPhillips was very pleased with how the entire project is going.

    "I'm very happy that it's all working and we've gotten some very positive feedback," he said. "I think everything is progressing as well as we could have planned."


Post water conservation measures  

August 26, 2008 -- Due to lack of sufficient rainfall to fully recharge the spring used for potable water at Carlisle Barracks, the Directorate of Public Works requests that residents follow the water conservation practices listed below in accordance with the Drought Contingency Plan for Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania:

·         Do not water established lawns.  Water newly seeded or sodded lawns for two to three hours every other day between 5 pm and 9 am.  Place sprinklers so that spray reaches only the lawn area and does not reach pavement.

·         Water outdoor plants between 5 pm and 9 am using watering cans, buckets, or a hand-held hose equipped with an automatic shut-off nozzle.

·         Sweep or use a leaf blower to clear paved surfaces such as sidewalks, driveways, garages, decks and patios.  Do not wash or hose off these areas.

·         Use commercial car washes located around Carlisle Barracks to wash vehicles.  These car washes have approved control devices that conserve water, and many have the capability to recycle water.  If a vehicle must be washed on the Barracks, do so no more than twice per month using buckets or a controlled hose.  Pre-rinse and rinse the vehicle for no more than two minutes.

·         Check residences for water leaks and report them to Balfour Beatty for repair.

·         Run dishwashers and washing machines only with full loads.  Do not allow water to run continually when hand washing dishes.  Turn the water on only when needed to rinse dishes.


Carlisle Barracks hosts bike rodeo 


Prize winners pose with McGruff the Crime Dog at the 2008 Carlisle Barracks Bike Rodeo, held Aug. 23. Photo by Sfc. Jared Warner.

Aug. 23, 2008 –The Annual Carlisle Barracks Bike Rodeo, sponsored by the Directorate of Emergency Services, was held August 23 with more than 40 kids taking part according to Sfc. Jared Warner, traffic accident investigator.

    Prizes were given away to six children at the rodeo. Philip Sumang and Jenny Mosser both won bikes.  Sara Cummings and Grant Mosser won helmets. Bikes and helmets were donated by the Carlisle Barracks Police Department. Emily Kolasheski and Michael Farrell both won gift cards donated by the Post Exchange.   

   Each participant received a certificate of participation from DES.

   Snow-cones were handed out by Balfour Beatty for everyone that participated, and the Commissary donated drinks. Boy Scout Troop 173 and ten volunteers were also there in support of the event, according to Warner.  


MBTI for Families update

This is a reminder that the MBTI for Families Presentation is canceled for tonight, Tuesday, 26 August. Otto is out of the hospital and undergoing tests to make sure he can return to work. I am working with his staff to reschedule in mid-September, please watch your email and mailbox for the date and time.
    Please note, we are still scoring the tests, so continue to send in your requests to take the instrument. We score the tests throughout the academic year, so if your children or parents visit, you can request an instrument and we will score it for them and then you can check out Otto's DVD from the library for them to view. I will also mail out the instrument for the Geo Bachelors Families, just send me their home address and number needed. 
    Thanks for your understanding and cooperation,

Joe York
Military Family Program

Army announces new service uniform

The new Army Service Uniform is based on the Army's current dress blue uniform and will replace the white, blue and green service uniforms. Paratroopers are authorized to wear the black combat boots with the new ASU. Photo by Sgt. Maj. Phil Prater.  


WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Aug. 25, 2008) -- Out with the old, in with the blue. The Army has made it official, the green service uniform, which has defined the service since the mid-1950s, is on the outs.
    In place of the green uniform will be a variation of the blue uniform, something many Soldiers already own. Official word on the new "Army Service Uniform," or ASU, was released Aug. 20 in a message to all Army activities. The message defines the wear policy and the "bridging" strategy for transition to the new uniform.
    "It's a culmination of transformation efforts that started in 2004," said Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston of the new ASU. "We had three 'Class A' style uniforms, all the same style jacket, with just a different color -- the policies on how we wore accoutrements on them were different. We asked the question -- if we wear one only, which would it be? And the blue uniform was the most popular of the three."
    The new ASU coat, similar to the existing blue coat, will be made of a wrinkle-resistant material and will have a more "athletic" cut.
    Other changes to the uniform include authorization of a combat service identification badge to recognize combat service, overseas service bars authorized on the jacket sleeve for both enlisted Soldiers and officers, the wear of distinctive unit insignia on the shoulder loops of the blue coat for enlisted Soldiers, authorizing paratroopers to wear the black jump boots with the blue ASU, and the decision to transition to a new short sleeve and long sleeve white shirt with shoulder loops.
   It is also permissible for enlisted Soldiers to wear both overseas service bars and service stripes on the new blue ASU coat. Officers and Soldiers in the grade of corporal and above will additionally wear a gold braid on their slacks to indicate leadership roles.
    "That is kind of a right of passage as you transition from being a (junior) enlisted soldier to a noncommissioned officer," Preston said of the gold braid.
    New items for the ASU will be available in military clothing sales after July 2009.
    Soldiers will be expected to possess the entire uniform by July 2014. The two key components of the uniform, the coat and slacks, are expected to cost around $140, with modifications bringing the total cost to $200. Enlisted Soldiers will receive an increase in their annual uniform allowance to help offset the cost of the uniform.



Army News Service
Tropical Storm Fay underscores need for 'Ready Army' initiative


Members of the Florida National Guard's Delta Company, 1-124th Infantry, enter the Lamplighter Village mobile home park in Melbourne, Fla., to evacuate a number of residents Thursday who requested it, following flooding caused by Tropical Storm Fay. Photo by Capt. David Ross.

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Aug. 21, 2008)--Just as Tropical Storm Fay danced back and forth from Gulf Coast waters into Florida communities - threatening to build to hurricane strength - some 100 attendees of the Army Emergency Management's annual workshop for installation preparedness wrapped up their week-long meeting in Tampa, Fla., and Army officials announced a new emergency-preparedness initiative: Ready Army.
    The program is intended to "get the entire Army community ready for emergencies," said James Platt, chief of the Asymmetrical Warfare Office's Protection Division.
    The Ready Army Campaign kicks off Sept. 2, in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security's National Preparedness Month, which encompasses the seventh anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
    Previously a one-year pilot program, Ready Army's concepts were tested at Fort Hood, Texas, and at U.S. Army installations in Germany, Platt said.
    In March, during Ready Army Week, Fort Hood emergency-preparedness personnel worked with city officials of nearby Killeen to distribute brochures and pamphlets that provide valuable information about how to prepare for emergencies, said Patricia Powell, a spokeswoman for the Florida workshop from Battelle Corp's Crystal City Operations in Virginia.
    The message was simple. "It's about being prepared for the first 72 hours after an emergency-situation occurs. We want people to consider how they'll notify their families and where they'll meet," she said.
   Soldiers who raced out of the Pentagon when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the building on Sept. 11, 2001 remember well their futile attempts to notify family members that they were OK, one Pentagon-based Army officer said.
    As was the case then, "you're more likely to be able to reach someone by cell phone outside the critical area than inside the area," said Platt. How to reach loved ones in an emergency to reunite or simply ease their minds is something everyone should think about.
    Unique to servicemembers might be the question of where to go, he said, if their off-post home is destroyed by a tornado, fire or flood. At overseas locations, especially, Soldiers and their families likely do not have extended family with whom they could live temporarily.
    "What if you're visiting another country while stationed overseas and a disaster occurs?" Platt asked. "Will you have enough foreign currency to get where you need to go? Will language be a barrier?"
    Emergency preparedness is all about the multiple disasters we could face that could disrupt lives,"  Powell said.
    The bottom line is that preparedness increases the resiliency of America's fighting forces and supports Soldiers who are forward deployed.
    "We do this so our Soldiers downrange can feel comfortable that their families are being well taken care of at home," she added. "It frees them up to focus on what they need to focus on [in combat]."
    Just as the pilot program re-emphasized the need for people to be prepared for emergencies, Ready Army will help to ensure that individuals and families Army-wide are ready for emergencies by providing information outlining what they need to do to be prepared, Platt said.
    Because each installation has its own localized threats, individual installation emergency-preparedness plans are in place across the Army. Those address where displaced people should go and what emergency-evacuation routes they should take, among other things.
    "A comment was made by someone at the Olympics the other day that is so true," Platt said. "A lot of people have the will to win, but few have the will to prepare."
    In the aftermath of an emergency, such as 9/11 or Hurricane Katrina, preparation can mean the difference between life and death.
    "Whatever the response, it has to be a community effort," Platt said, "so Ready Army officials will work closely with Department of Homeland Security officials, community leaders and emergency-preparedness personnel.
    During the Aug. 17-21 emergency-preparedness workshop in Florida, emergency-preparedness officers and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear specialists from installations Army-wide focused on preparations for hurricanes, fires and other natural disasters, an influenza pandemic and a terrorist attack, Powell said.
    Other emergency-preparedness efforts include annual exercises across the Army to ensure Soldiers and their families will know how to respond in emergencies.
    For more information on how you can prepare for an emergency, and to download related material, go to Ready.Gov.



Carlisle Band entertains guests

The Downtown Carlisle Band performed a free concert at the Wheelock Bandstand on Carlisle Barracks Aug. 21. The hour-long concert featured a medley of Latin-American songs from around the world. Photo by Pfc. Jennifer Rick.

Families from all over Carlisle Barracks brought a lawn chair and a drink to the parade field on Aug. 21 to enjoy a free concert from the Carlisle Band.

     The Carlisle Band is open to Carlisle residents, including members of the Carlisle Barracks community.

    This is the fifth year the band has played a free concert at Carlisle Barracks.  




Carlisle Barracks residents listen to the music during the concert.

 Battle of the Marne topic of AHEC lecture


Dr. Michael S. Neiberg, Professor of History, University of Southern Mississippi, talk in the Reading Room of Ridgway Hall during his lecture "The Second Battle of the Marne: The Turning Point of 1918," Aug. 20. His lecture was part of the monthly public lecture series "Perspectives in Military History," which provides a historical dimension to the exercise of generalship, strategic leadership, and the war fighting institutions of land power. Photo by Thomas Zimmerman.

A complete schedule of lectures can be found here.

Pfc. Jennifer Rick, U.S. Army War College Public Affairs Office
CID Special agent loves law enforcement

Special Agents Joel Fitz (left) and Randy Rohler talk at the Criminal Investigation Command office on Carlisle Barracks. Photo by Pfc. Jennifer Rick.

August 21, 2008 – A love of police work and investigation has taken Chief Warrant Officer 3 Joel Fitz around the world and back.
    A Waynesboro, Pa., native, Fitz is the Special Agent in Charge at Carlisle Barracks Criminal Investigation Command (CID).
  He has spent most of his adult life in the realm of law enforcement, enlisting in the Army as a military policeman in 1983.
    "Since I was young, I always wanted to be involved with police work and investigating crimes," he said. "It's what I love."
    After a break in service, Fitz went through Warrant Officer Candidate School in 1999. He has been stationed in Korea, Fort Polk, La., Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., Fort Eustis, Va., and has been deployed to the Republic of Uzbekistan, north of Afghanistan.
    At CID, Fitz supervises felony criminal investigations.
        "We're responsible for anything of interest to the Army in Pennsylvania," he said. "Including anything that happens to Army personnel or property, Soldiers that get in trouble at the felony level, and we are often the liaison office for local families of Soldiers who have died in a deployment."
    He also works with civilian law enforcement.
    "We work with local agencies and assist other offices outside of Pennsylvania to interview people that are in this area," he explained.
    Fitz looks forward to his time here.
    "This is an opportunity to give back some of what I've learned and experienced in the training I've gotten," he said. "We have some younger agents that I can help lead and train to learn their job."
    He will also be teaching forensic photography at Central Pennsylvania College starting this October.
    He has been married to his wife, Yong, for 23 years.  They met during his first tour in Korea, in 1984.
    They have two sons, Amos, 23, a student at Appalachian Bible College in W. Va., and Jonah, 19, a student at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va.
    In his spare time, Fitz enjoys hunting, fly fishing and working around the house.


Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Alumni Association and USAWC Foundation announce merger


Bill Barko, Executive Director of Operations, Ruth Collins, Director of Alumni Affairs, and Steve Riley, Executive Director for Development, talk about the merger of the Army War College Foundation and the Alumni Association in an office Aug. 20. Photo by Thomas Zimmerman.

August 20, 2008 - Two key support organizations for the U.S. Army War College have joined forces to better serve the students, staff, faculty and alumni.

   "The merger of the Army War College Foundation and the Alumni Association is effective with this academic year," said Ruth Collins, Director of Alumni Affairs. 

    The Alumni Association was established in 1967 as a non-profit membership organization to foster, maintain, and strengthen a sense of fraternity among the alumni and to promote continued interest in and support of the War College, according to Collins.  The Army War College Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit, publicly supported organization that raises funds and provides other assets to enrich the College's academic programs, research, and other activities. 

    "While there are many aspects of the two organizations that are different, the missions are complementary, and the intent of the merger is to eliminate the confusion that currently exists regarding multiple newsletters, programs, fundraising procedures, and other issues where similarities exist," said Bill Barko, Executive Director of Operations. 

    Collins pointed out that there will remain an Alumni Affairs Office to manage the alumni memberships and the Sutler Store, among other unique alumni services and programs.  There will also be graduates adequately represented on the merged Board of Trustees and there will be an Alumni Affairs Committee to work and report on alumni support issues.

U.S. Army War College Foundation Support for AY09

Honoraria          $132,600

Academic Chair $133,000

Outreach           $100,900

Communicative Arts      $19,250

National Security Seminar          $27,975

Library Funds    $5,000

International Fellows      $33,691

Grants $53,000

Grand Total       $505,454


 Emergency Services hosts open house

Station Chief, Michael Cain, gives tours of the fire trucks and equipment used by fire fighters on Carlisle Barracks, during the Directorate of Emergency Services open house Aug. 20.  According to Cain, the event is held every year to inform the new residents of the installation.

"We do it so they are aware what type of emergency services are available to them here on the base. We like to let them know that it's a 911 community, because they may have come from another base that had a different type of response available to them," said Cain. Photos by Tori Hennigan.



Fire fighters show people of all ages the correct way to use a fire extinguisher, allowing them to practice putting out a controlled fire. 

Mary Roberds brought her son, Jay, to the open house so he could see the fire trucks.

"They had a very good display on the hazmat material, they explained about the smoke and he, Jay, actually put a fire out, and he got acquainted with a fire extinguisher," said Roberds.






Sergeant Harold Weary Jr. of the Carlisle Barracks Police Department spoke to visitors about his K-9 companion, Rosie, a bomb detection dog. Weary gave a demonstration of how Rosie sniffs out explosives, and allowed children to pet and play with her. 


MBTI for Families Presentation canceled

The Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MTBI) for Families has been cancelled due to the sudden illnessof the speaker Otto Kroeger. The presentation will be rescheduled at a later date. Please continue to take the instrument as we will reschedule the presentation as soon as possible.

If you have any questions, call Joe York at 245-4787 or email

Perspectives in Military History lecture slated for Aug. 20

    Aug. 7, 2008 -- Dr. Michael S. Neiberg, Professor of History, University of Southern Mississippi, will present "The Second Battle of the Marne: The Turning Point of 1918," Aug. 20, at 7:15 p.m. in Ridgway Hall. Doors will open at 6:45 p.m. for the free event.

        The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center sponsors a monthly public lecture series, "Perspectives in Military History," which provides a historical dimension to the exercise of generalship, strategic leadership, and the war fighting institutions of land power.

    The First Battle of the Marne produced the so-called Miracle of the Marne, when French and British forces stopped the initial German drive on Paris in 1914. Hundreds of thousands of casualties later, with opposing forces still dug into trench lines, the Germans tried again to push their way to Paris and to victory. The Second Battle of the Marne (July 15 to August 9, 1918) marks the point at which the Allied armies stopped the massive German Ludendorff Offensives and turned to offensive operations themselves. The Germans never again came as close to Paris nor resumed the offensive. The battle was one of the first large multinational battles fought by the Allies since the assumption of supreme command by French general Ferdinand Foch. It marks the only time the French, American, and British forces fought together in one battle. A superb account of the bloody events of those fateful days, this book sheds new light on a critically important 20th-century battle.

    Michael S. Neiberg is Professor of History and Co-Director of the Center for the Study of War and Society at the University of Southern Mississippi.  He is the author or editor of nine books and numerous articles, specializing in World War I and the global dimensions of the history of warfare.  His most recent books include Fighting the Great War: A Global History (Harvard) and Soldiers Daily Lives: The Nineteenth Century (Praeger).  His study of the Second Battle of the Marne is in press and he is also at work on a larger project on the interrelationship of war and peace since 1756. Before coming to the University of Southern Mississippi, Dr. Neiberg taught at the United States Air Force Academy and Carnegie Mellon University. 

    For updates and any last-minute changes in "Perspectives" meeting times and places, please check the AHEC homepage:


Army Center for Substance Abuse Program
Tips for a safe Labor Day weekend

August 20, 2008 -- 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.

Remember "It's always ok not to drink".

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 night's 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 3:00 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

1. Eat before and during drinking.

2. Before you celebrate, designate; identify a responsible driver or use public transportation.

3. Don't chug your drinks; drink slowly and make your drinks last.

4. Alternate between alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

5. Remember the word HALT, don't drink if you're Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired.

6. Drink responsibly, stay in control of your-self.

7. 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 your ASAP office at 245-4576 or Safety at 245-



 Free Carlisle Band concert Aug. 21

National Bowling Week Kicks-Off Aug. 23
Eight days of festivities, free coaching, games, prizes and league sign-ups

Aug. 8, 2008 -- The Beatles said it…Eight Days a Week…. and this year's National Bowling Week promotion has added an 8th day with a contest to set a new world's record for the most games played in a single 24-hour period. 

    From midnight on Friday, August 29 to midnight on Saturday, August 30, the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America has invited 3,400 bowling centers across the nation to team up and report their lineage.

   Throughout National Bowling Week, there will be new and exciting promotions offered every day…with something for everyone. 

   Don't miss the fun.  For more information stop by the Strike Zone Bowling Center at 686 Letort Lane (behind Collins Hall) or call 717-245-4109. 

Pfc. Jennifer Rick, U.S. Army War College Public Affairs Office
World War II vets recreate 'Rag Tag Circus' convoy
New photo exhibit also debuts

Edwin Brown, a World War II veteran, signs his name on an authentic Army jeep from the 392th Infantry Regiment, 83rd Division. The jeep was part of a display and ceremony for the 62nd annual reunion of the 83rd Division's "Rag Tag Circus", held August 2. Photo by Pfc. Jennifer Rick.

August 19, 2008 -- Two recent events helped bring the events of World War II to life at the Army Heritage and Education Center. The first was a group of World War II veterans, family members, and friends, who participated in a five-mile convoy. The convoy was designed to reenact the 83rd Infantry Division's "Rag Tag Circus"  for their 62nd annual reunion on August 2. 

    The convoy and ceremony that followed were the final events in the three-day reunion. The convoy, moving from the Hotel Carlisle on the Harrisburg Pike to the Army Heritage and Education Center, featured several restored World War II vehicles. The vehicles, loaded up with the former Soldiers and historical re-enactors dressed for the part in WWII style Army uniforms, traveled to AHEC for the culminating event.  

    The veterans had the opportunity to sign their names on an authentic WWII Jeep that is believed to have been a part of the Rag Tag Circus mission. The jeep, named "Mickey", is traceable by serial number to the 329th Infantry Regiment of the 83rd Division. It is owned by Jim Swope of Reading, Pa., and was restored in 1994.

    Members of the 83rd "Thunderbolt Division" raced east from Germany's Ruhr River to Berlin, a span of some 280 miles, in only 13 days. The unit flanked each other continuously east, outracing armored units to the Elbe River. 

    The convoy was given the name "Rag Tag Circus" by Lt. Gen. Raymond McLain for their "advance…the speed of which has seldom, if ever, been equaled."

Want to know more?
    Also, AHEC recently opened "Entering Germany," an exhibit commemorating the story of WWII Soldiers who fought from the Normandy beach though France and Germany.

Tony Vaccaro, a combat photographer 
during WWII, speaks during the grand opening
of the "Entering Germany" exhibit in Ridgway Hall.
Photo by Thomas Zimmerman.


    The new AHEC exhibit includes photos, weapons, equipment, uniforms and personal items, captured German arms, a pistol carried by Gen. Omar Bradley, a posthumously-awarded Purple Heart and items retrieved from concentrations camps. The photos were taken by Tony Vaccaro, a combat photographer during WWII. 

    Ridgway Hall and the "Entering Germany" exhibit are open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sundays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., and weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Labor Day safety message from Maj. Gen. Robert Williams

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

    Many of us will be on the road over the upcoming weekend. It is essential that all indivuals 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.

Job Fair slated for Aug. 28

August 18, 2008 – The Army Community Services Employment Readiness Program is hosting their 20th Annual Job Fair Thursday, August 28 and the Letort View Community Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  More than 40 Central Pennsylvania will be represented in all career fields. The fair will be open to all military and civilians.

   For more information, contact Jeffrey Hanks or Donna Jones at 245-3684/3685/4537.

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Army Family Action Plan 25th Anniversary

What is it?

    Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) was created in 1983, and developed fully in 1984, the Year of the Army Family, to help the Army address the needs and concerns of family members. The program highlights the importance of Army families and uses family representatives from around the world to improve the standard of living for Soldiers and families. AFAP provides a way for policy changes to become tangible end-products for members of the Army family. It addresses quality-of-life issues for Soldiers, family members, retirees and Department of Army civilian employees.

Why is this important to the Army?

    On Aug. 15, 1983, then Chief of Staff, Gen. John A. Wickham signed a groundbreaking "white paper" titled The Army Family which identified the need to increase support to its families. Gen. Wickham, by acknowledging the radical transformation of the Army from an organization composed mostly of draftees and short-term enlistees, to an all-volunteer, professional force with more than 50 percent married personnel, set a new vision and course for Army families that continues today.

What has the Army done?

    The Army remains committed to AFAP, as a means to let Army leadership know what works, what doesn't - and how to solve problems. AFAP was the impetus behind the following initiatives:

– From 1983 - 2006, 132 child care facilities were built or renovated.

– Family Readiness Groups are currently funded, staffed and a unit requirement.

– The Family Advocacy Program provided training and support to more than 164,000 Soldiers or families in fiscal year 2006.

– Financial Readiness Program managers conducted 110,041 financial readiness courses – More than 50,000 spouses have found employment through the Army Spouse Employment Program.

– Army garrisons now provide more than 50 different support programs/activities

    The Army continues its focus on families with the launch of the Army Family Covenant, a commitment that goes hand-in-hand with AFAP. The covenant recognizes that while Soldiers may be the strength of the nation, their strength is in their families.

What's planned for the future?

    AFAP activities will occur at installations and garrisons across the Army in the coming months with a national level meeting in January of 2009 with representatives from around the world. Through AFAP and the Army Family Covenant, quality of life and support of Soldiers and family members will remain a primary focus for the Army. Current actions include:

– Twenty-two new child development centers in FY07, with 92 new projects programmed for FY08-13.

– One new youth center in FY07; 24 new projects for FY08-12.


Army Family Support Network <>

Army Families Online <>

Family & MWR Command <>

Gen. John A. Wickham's Biography <>

Army Family Action Plan Web site <>



Pfc. Jennifer Rick, U.S. Army War College Public Affairs Office
History you can hear every day

August 15, 2008 – Every day you can hear the time-honored tradition of bugle calls being played on post, but do you know what they mean?
    The origin of the bugle dates to ancient times. The first authenticated instance of a battle command being given by a trumpet call was at Bouvines in 1214, when trumpets sounded the signal for the victorious French charge. The oldest trumpet calls preserved in notation are to be found in a composition published in Antwerp in 1545 – "La Bataille", describing the battle of Marignano in 1515.
    The bugle calls used by the military services of the United States are primarily the result of contact with soldiers of European armies during the Revolutionary Period, or were derived from European calls later.
    Bugle calls are played four to seven times each day on Carlisle Barracks, depending on the day of the week. They are in accordance to long-standing military tradition. However, the way the calls are played is much more modern.
    They are run by a computerized system that automatically plays them at specific times, starting with Reveille at 6:30 a.m.
    Also, at the first note of Reveille and the last note of Retreat, the post's cannon is fired by a member of the Department of Emergency Services. The cannon fires a .57 mm casing with a blank 12 gauge shotgun insert. 
    You may not know this, but when Reveille and Retreat/To The Colors are played, everyone on post (military and civilian) are expected to stop walking or driving when outdoors, and face the flag.

Bugle calls heard on Carlisle Barracks

Monday through Friday

6:30 a.m. – Reveille
8 a.m. – School Call
1 p.m. – Work Call
4:30 p.m. –
5 p.m. – Retreat/To The Colors
9 p.m. – Tattoo
11 p.m. - Taps



12 p.m. – Mess Call
5 p.m. – Retreat/To The Colors (no cannon)
9 p.m. –
11 p.m. - Taps


9 a.m. – Church Call
5 p.m. – Retreat/To The Colors (no cannon)
9 p.m. – Tattoo
11 p.m. - Taps


Editor's note: Information in this story was provided by Department of Emergency Services Sgt. 1st Class Al Alexis and patrol officer Robert Zglenski.


Mary Beth Vorwerk and Tim Hipps, American Forces Press Service
Soldier Wins Gold Medal, Sets Olympic Record

BEIJING, Aug. 12, 2008 – Army Spc. Glenn Eller won the gold medal in double trap shooting at the Summer Olympics here today, setting an Olympic record with a total score of 190.

    Eller's teammate, Army Spc. Jeff Holguin, finished fourth. Both soldiers are members of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, based at Fort Benning, Ga.
    Eller went into the final round leading by four shots and hit 45 out of 50 targets to win the first shooting gold for Team USA in Beijing.
    Eller is a three-time Olympian. He finished 15th in 2000 and 17th in the last summer Olympic Games. He claimed the gold medal at the 2007 Korea World Cup as well as the 2007 World Cup Final. He also took the Silver Medal at the 2008 "Good Luck Beijing" International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup. Holguin claimed the silver medal in men's double trap at the 2007 Pan-American Games and won the bronze medal at the World Cup USA in May.
    In the men's 10-meter air rifle event over the weekend, two-time Olympian and U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit member Sgt. 1st Class Jason Parker placed 23rd with a total score of 591, while 19-year old U.S. Military Academy Cadet Stephen Scherer took the 27th spot with 590.
    Parker will compete Aug. 17, the final day of the shooting competition, in the men's 50-meter three-position rifle, his second event of the 2008 Olympic Games.
    Along with double trap, shooters are competing today in the men's 50-meter free pistol event at the Beijing Shooting Range Hall.
    Sgt. 1st Class Daryl Szarenski, a three-time Olympian, will compete for the United States in men's free pistol. Szarenski claimed the bronze medal at the "Good Luck Beijing" 2008 International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup in April, the first World Cup medal won by a U.S. shooter in men's free pistol since 2000.
    World Class Athlete Program shooter Staff Sgt. Keith Sanderson, 33, of San Antonio, is scheduled to compete Aug. 16 in the 25-meter rapid-fire pistol event.
    Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Elizabeth "Libby" Callahan, 56, of Columbia, S.C., will make her fourth Olympic appearance in the women's sport pistol event tomorrow.
    Army Marksmanship Unit shotgun shooter Pfc. Vincent Hancock, 19, of Eatonton, Ga., set a world record in every skeet-shooting event at age 18. He will toe the line Aug. 16 in Beijing.
    U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program Greco-Roman heavyweight wrestler Staff Sgt. Dremiel Byers will compete in the 264.5-pound weight class Aug. 14.
    Byers, a world champion in 2002, is accompanied in China by World Class Athlete Program teammate and training partner Spc. Timothy Taylor, whom Byers defeated in the Olympic team trials.
    "I was at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, and Glenn Eller was in Houston shooting by himself," said Holguin, who joined the marksmanship unit in the spring of 2007. "All of us are now shooting together in the marksmanship unit with great competition day in and out among us, and it's just improved all of our games.
    "The hardest part of this Olympic experience is waiting for the day to get here," he continued. "I wanted to compete at the highest level of clay target shooting. To do that, I had to commit myself to the sport. The U.S. Army and the USAMU have given me the necessary resources to compete and win at the level required to win an Olympic medal."
    As Holguin makes his Olympic debut, Eller, who joined the Army in 2006, is competing in this third Olympics. He placed 17th in 2004 and 12th in 2000.
    "Growing up, I always wanted to be an Olympian," Eller said. "The Olympics were greater in every aspect than I had anticipated, both in highs and lows. The emotions involved are so great because of the years of training that go into that one day of competition."
    World Class Athlete Program boxing coach retired Staff Sgt. Basheer Abdullah, the U.S. head coach in the Athens games, will serve as a technical advisor for Team USA.
    WCAP boxer Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Downs won Team USA's light-heavyweight spot at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Houston but did not get the weight class qualified to compete in Beijing. He made the trip to China to serve as a training partner. WCAP fencer Spc. Cody Nagengast also is serving as a training partner for Team USA's squad.

(Mary Beth Vorwerk works with Shooting USA. Tim Hipps works for the U.S. Army Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command.)



Lt. Col. Nancy A. Dudash, Army Public Health Nurse, and Dr. James W. Stout, Optometrist, U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine
Eye protection: it's not just for work/battle   

 Aug. 14, 2008 -- "I haven't been hurt yet." 

    "I'm very experienced and I know what I am doing."

    These are a small sampling of the excuses optometrist Dr. James W. Stout hears from Soldiers who are not wearing personal eye protective equipment.

     Stout, a vision expert in the Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine's Tri-Service Vision Conservation and Readiness Program, isn't buying them.

    The Army has included Military Combat Eye Protection in Soldiers' uniform issue during basic training and in all deployment training. Soldiers are required to maintain the MCEP for readiness checks. And increasingly, commanders have noted MCEP's value and are enforcing its use.

    In garrison, about 3 to 4 percent of the workforce (active-duty military and civilian) have reported eye injuries. In 60 to 70 percent of eye injuries, workers were not wearing safety glasses or goggles. In the military, the highest incidence of eye injury is in grades E-1 through E-4. In vehicle maintenance, welding or mechanics, eye injuries may be prevented if the same enforcement for MCEPs is applied to the work environment.

    Home activities are just as risky as work for eye injuries according to the U.S. Eye Injury Registry, which tracks eye injuries. Our homes, yards and garages contain many of the same hazards as our work environments. We are at risk for eye injuries when performing vehicle maintenance, using lawnmowers and string weed trimmers, and handling chemicals. Oven and drain cleaners containing alkali, the most dangerous chemical to the eye, require special handling and eye protection. The big difference between work and home is that we "think" home is safer; therefore, we are less likely to wear eye protection.

    The same industrial safety glasses and goggles worn at work, or the MCEP, can provide protection at home. If purchasing non-MCEP safety eyewear for home, check the package for ANSI Z87.1 specifications for adequate safety performance standards.

    There is one more important reason to wear eye protection. Sports and recreational activities are responsible for more than 600,000 eye injuries each year, according to an article published in "American Family Physician." Every 13 minutes an emergency room in the United States treats a sports eye injury that could have been prevented. Awareness of eye injuries and proper eye protection are the first steps in changing these statistics.

    Here are some guidelines:

·         Use the right eye protection for the right activity.

·         When you buy protection, make sure the manufacturer's package indicates the device meets the standard for the activity you are performing.

·         Different agencies have created standards that govern the safety requirements for specific activities. ANSI (the American Society of Testing and Materials) creates performance standard for safety eyewear, including standards for sports eye protection.

·         Combat eye protection standards are mandated by the Program Executive Office-Soldier, which maintains the Authorized Protective Eyewear List (APEL).

    Remember, if an eye injury occurs, consult an eye-care professional right away. If assisting an injured person, keep him still and calm to avoid worsening the injury. Never rub an eye with a speck or other foreign material in it. If the injury is due to a chemical splash, rinse the eye continuously with water for 15 minutes then transport the injured to a doctor.

    Eye injuries are a leading cause of visual impairment and rank second only to eye disease as the most common cause of blindness. Eye safety looks good these days. So no excuses: WEAR IT!

    For more information about vision conservation:

·         Tri-Service Vision Conservation Program,

·         ANSI,



Mary Katherine Murphy, Health Information Operations, U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine
 'See Victory' helps protect kids' eyesight when playing sports

Aug. 14, 2008 -- "Operation See Victory" is a health promotion campaign that helps protect children's eyes when they participate in recreational activities.

    Lt. Cmdr. Brian Hatch, Navy optometrist and staff member at the Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine's Tri-Service Vision Conservation Program, brought See Victory to DOD. The program was originally intended to work through DOD optometrists; however, DOD recreational facilities, health promotion/community health staff, and individuals who think they have use for it may also participate.

    Operation See Victory provides a kit with a range of tools that can be used to spread the word on how important it is for children and adults to wear eye protection when participating in sports. The kit includes posters, brochures, trading cards, mini prizes, a DVD, a sports-related eye injury article that can be adapted for local publication, and an eyeball for display. Operation See Victory kits can be set up at a table or booth at a health fair, sports sign-up, sports physicals or any location where eye protection would be relevant.

    The program was made to be simple and easy to implement.

    "We had to develop some kind of program that could be taken by a local optometrist and be individualized to the needs of a local installation," Hatch said. The program designers did ground work and creation of the kit; those who receive the kit are responsible for getting the information out to their community.

    Hatch got the idea for the program while attending the annual Armed Forces Optometric Society meeting. There, he learned about the American Optometric Association's Keep Injury Down in Sports (K.I.D.S.) program. According to the AOA, about 40,000 eye injuries occur in the United States during sports or recreational activities each year. This works out to an eye-related emergency room visit every 13 minutes, AOA says. By far, the majority of these occur in people under age 25. Sadly, some lead to irreversible vision loss.

     The good news is that 90 percent of these injuries are preventable through use of the proper protective equipment.

    When Hatch looked at the numbers, he found the reason for Operation See Victory. The program ultimately targets more than seven million DOD youth up to age 17. They were deemed the best target audience because Hatch found that 43 percent of sports-related eye injuries occur in children under the age of 15. DOD children also are extremely active and have access to Morale, Welfare and Recreation facilities.

    Through the program, Hatch and his colleagues at CHPPM hope to bring greater sports-related eye injury awareness to parents, guardians, coaches and sports program directors who work with young athletes, and offer tips for obtaining the right sports eye protection.

    Operation See Victory also advises on the different types of sports eye protection and provides tips on purchasing the right eyewear. Protective eyewear for use in sports should meet the following criteria:

  • Meet or exceed standards for the specific sport.
  • Accommodate prescription lenses if needed.
  • For outdoor sports, have 100 percent UVA & UVB protection.
  • Add comfort by decreasing light transmission through tinted lenses, and by reducing glare through an anti-reflective coating.
  • For water and snow sports, reduce surface glare through polarized lenses.
  • Stay in place through use of sports bands or retention straps.

    For additional information on eyewear standards, visit the American Optometric Association at

    Those interested in implementing Operation See Victory should visit Materials are available through October 2008.


Army News Service
Army launches new Web site for 'Gifts' to Soldiers

 Aug. 14, 2008 The "Gifts to Army" Web site, launched recently, is an online resource developed to streamline and process gifts to the Army that benefit Soldiers and their Families.
    Citizens often ask Soldiers, their Family members, and Army Civilians how they can support their Army. They want to know how they can help men and women in uniform. This Web site will provide the public an online resource to answer the question: "How can we help?"
    "Many individuals have asked how they can help the Army," said Joyce Morrow, administrative assistant to the secretary of the Army. "We appreciate how generous the public is and the concern they have for the welfare of our Soldiers and Families. We've developed this Web site to provide information on how to contribute money, goods or services to benefit Soldiers and their Families."
    The launch of the site centralized the many venues and paths for the public whose offers of support fall within the Army's overall Gift Program, which is managed by the Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army. Contribution options addressed on the site include support for the Army, Soldiers and their Families, wounded warriors, Army installations and more.
    "This Web site is not intended as a solicitation, but merely as a way to provide information on the options and programs available to those who have expressed a desire to make a contribution," said Morrow.
    The Army Gift Program has existed for many years under the authority of Title 10 United States Code, Section 2601. On Jan. 28, 2008, President Bush signed into law, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 (Public Law 110-181, Section 593), which expanded the Army's gift acceptance authority to include acceptance of gifts on behalf of wounded Soldiers, wounded civilian employees, and their Families.
    America's support of its military is not new. During World War II, tin drives, support for food rationing, and canteens were common. At a train depot in North Platte, Neb., a small group of volunteers in a city of no more than 12,000 provided food, magazines, and conversation to the hundreds of troop trains that stopped in their town. This major undertaking went on for the duration of the war and was done without government support.
    The people of the United States carry on the tradition of caring for and supporting their men and women in uniform.
    The "Gifts to Army" Web site provides a central source of information to refer those interested in contributing to and supporting Soldiers and Army Families and offers ways for them to express that support, should they choose.
    For more information, visit the "Gifts to Army" Web site at


Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Simple changes can make big impact on health
'Heart disease progression can be reversed' 


Dr. Dean Ornish was the keynote speaker for the Army Physical Fitness Research Institute Health Day held in Bliss Hall on Aug. 5.  Photo by Megan Clugh.


August 5, 2008--Good health is not about the pills that you take or the doctors you frequent. Good health is about the little things that you do every day to keep yourself healthy. That was the prevailing message during the Army Physical Fitness Research Institute Health Day at the Army War College.

    The year's health day focused on lifestyle and the changes that can be made to positively affect health.  Key note speaker, Dr. Dean Ornish, detailed the studies on how to combat and even reverse heart disease.  Here are helpful tips:

  • Exercise is essential to improve your ability to fight off health problems.  Make activity a regular part of your lifestyle. 
  • When making changes to diet, stay away from trans fat and saturated fat.  Instead, eat more healthy fats such as omega 3 fatty acids and canola oil
  • Supplement your diet with fish oil which contains omega 3 fatty acids.  Ornish recommend three grams per day
  •  A glass of pomegranate juice every day can make a big difference in your health.  It is packed with helpful antioxidants.    
  • Don't diet!  Not giving your body the food it needs is harmful to the body, even if you are losing weight.  Instead, make healthy choices such as low fat and high fiber foods.
  • Mental health affects physical health. People who manage stress well, focus on their relationships and take time to enjoy themselves live longer and happier lives. 

Health Day background

    Health Day is an opportunity for students to gain an increased understanding of key preventive medicine and health promotion issues affecting them and their civilian senior leader counterparts. The event provides students with a great opportunity to gain a more strategic perspective on health promotion. The goal is to energize the student body and encourage them to take full advantage of their Army War College experience by improving their overall readiness and well-being. These presentations include world-class speakers who address the latest findings in health promotion and risk factor reduction research.  

Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Eagles staffer shares tools for healthier living


Jeanie Subach, registered and licensed dietitian and sports nutritionist for the Philadelphia Eagles and 76ers, speaks to a packed house as part of the Army Physical Fitness Research Institute Health Day in Bliss Hall. Photo by Thomas Zimmerman.


Aug. 5, 2008 – A member of the Philadelphia Eagles staff spoke to the Army War College student body Aug. 5, not about the X's and O's of football, but about something more important to "keep you in the game" longer.

    Jeanie Subach, a registered and licensed dietitian and sports nutritionist for the Philadelphia Eagles and 76ers, spoke as part of the Army Physical Fitness Research Institute Health Day. 

    Health Day is the first entry of a year-long series of educational programs for the joint, interagency and international student  body at the Army War College.  APFRI links education about health and well-being with leader readiness. Presentations include world-class speakers who address the latest findings in health promotion and risk factor reduction research.  

      She shared her expertise and experiences that could be beneficial to help keep USAWC students healthy.

      The United States is the most overfed and undernourished county in the world, according to Subach.

     "Food and fitness are things that should be enticing, energizing and empowering," she said. "Your health and what you put in your body should be taken seriously." She pointed out a Washington Times article that said 86 percent of the American population would be overweight by 2030.

    A varied diet is one of the keys to getting and staying healthy, Subach said.

    "Stay away from what we call the "brown and and yellow diet." This is French fries, burgers, cheese and coke," she said. "Try to use the spectrum diet. Eat all colors of the rainbow."

    She went on to explain that what we eat and put in our body has a visual correlation to what our body looks like.

    "If you eat a lot of vibrant, colorful and hard foods, it's going to translate into an exciting, hard body," Subach said. "Soft, mushy foods translate into a soft, mushy body." Subach recommended foods that require preparation instead of settling for ready-to-eat boxed or frozen foods.

    "The sodium and preservatives in those foods are huge," she said.

    Making food at home instead of going out to eat also has hidden benefits, she said.

    "The grilled chicken breast you make at home will have about 200 more calories if you get it at a restaurant," she said. "That's true for almost everything. Just make it at home. It's cheaper and healthier."

     Subach uses her programs to keep professional athletes in shape, but they are applicable to everyone.

   "I use the food guide football," she said. "Try and get a higher score by eating healthier foods."

Touchdown foods (six points):

·         Whole grains, fruits and vegetables, dairy, protein

Field goal foods (three points):

·         Same as above but with added fat and sugar

Penalty foods (no or negative points):

·         Foods higher in fat, sugar and sodium

    Dr. Dean Ornish spoke at Health Day about lifestyle and the changes that can be made to positively affect health and discussed how to avoid and  combat heart disease. He is the founder and president of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute.

Here are helpful tips --  

  • Exercise is essential to improve your ability to fight off health problems.  Make activity a regular part of your lifestyle. 
  • When making changes to diet, stay away from trans fat and saturated fat.  Instead, eat more healthy fats such as omega 3 fatty acids and canola oil.
  • Supplement your diet with fish oil which contains omega 3 fatty acids.  Ornish recommend three grams per day
  •  A glass of pomegranate juice every day can make a big difference in your health.  It is packed with helpful antioxidants.    
  • Don't diet!  Not giving your body the food it needs is harmful to the body, even if you are losing weight.  Instead, make healthy choices such as low fat and high fiber foods.
  • Mental health affects physical health. People who manage stress well, focus on their relationships and take time to enjoy themselves live longer and happier lives. 


     Subach also had recommendations:

·         Write a food log on a daily basis, this will help keep track of calories

·         Read the labels on your food

·         Stop eating "out of the box" for meals, prepare it yourself

·         Eat portions the size of your hand when it comes to protein (meats, etc.)

·         Eat your fist in carbs

·         Aims for lean, quality proteins (fish, chicken)

·         Don't be afraid of red meats, just eat the correct portions

·         Moderation and balance are the key

·         Take a multi-vitamin if you know you aren't getting the right amounts of vitamins, etc.

·         Use a smaller plate to gauge the proper portions

      Subach also discussed the 2005 Dietary Guide that provides guidelines for eating healthier:

·         Eat within your acceptable calories range

·         Three Fat Free or Low Fat dairy each day

·         Three servings of whole grains foods daily

·         Two cups of fruit each day

·         Two and a half cups of vegetables each day

·         Limit added sugar in your diet

·         Limit the amount of sodium in your diet

For more information visit


Virginia Reza, Fort Bliss Monitor
Silver Star recipient says talking helps counter PTSD


Silver Star Medal and Purple Heart recipient Staff Sgt. Omar Hernandez
of B Company, 1st Battalion, 77th Armor Regiment, 4th Brigade
Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, displays the wound he sustained
June 6, 2007, during his third tour in Iraq while pulling security
Photo by Virginia Reza.


Aug. 8, 2008 -- "Alcohol, drugs and partying are not the answer; it just makes things worse," said Silver Star Medal recipient Staff Sgt. Omar Hernandez. "Talking really helps."

    Hernandez, who underwent treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder when he returned from his third tour in Iraq last year, said he hesitated to seek mental help because he did not want to be perceived as crazy or weak. He serves with B Company, 1st Battalion, 77th Armor Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division.

    Hernandez's courageous actions on the battlefield June 6, 2007, earned him the Silver Star. His citation read, "For gallantry in action against a determined enemy Sgt. Hernandez exemplary bravery under fire and a complete disregard for his own safety, enabled him to single handedly pull two members of the Iraqi National Police Force to safety despite having already been severely wounded himself. The gallant actions of Sgt. Hernandez are in the finest traditions of military heroism."

    Hernandez said most servicemembers who witnessed atrocities in Iraq have either mild or severe cases of PTSD, but do not want to admit it. He was once in the same situation. He suffered from insomnia and was very angry for getting shot and leaving his comrades behind. He was unable to cry and his emotions were a rollercoaster, he said, but finally he decided to "let it all out," which he said lifted a huge weight off his shoulders.

    "Talking about it helped so much," said Hernandez. "Soldiers should talk about experiences they encountered down range. It's about making themselves better in their head and in their heart. And if they don't feel comfortable talking to people who have not experienced combat issues, they can look me up. I'll be more than happy to talk to them."

    Staff Sgt. Brandlon Falls, Hernandez's platoon sergeant in Iraq, said he was very proud of him.

    "I've been in the Army a while, and Hernandez is one of the top team leaders I've ever had," said Falls.

    Falls also agreed Soldiers should talk about their experiences as soon as they return from deployment. He said if it were up to him, he would make it mandatory for all Soldiers to get some kind of counseling until "they get it all out of their system."

    "When I came back, I wanted to talk about everything that happened and it helped me, because after a while I was happy," said Falls. "If I had waited, I probably would have developed PTSD."

Born in Jalisco, Mexico, and raised in Houston, Hernandez was granted his U.S. citizenship during his second tour to Iraq. The ceremony took place in one of Saddam Hussein's palaces, which he said was an unforgettable experience.

    As a young boy, Hernandez liked to watch combat movies, especially Rambo, which he jokingly said inspired him to join the military. He began his military career in the Army Reserve. He was deployed to Iraq for six months as an engineer during the initial invasion. After redeployment, he enlisted in the Army as an infantryman to better serve his country, he said. He attended airborne school in Fort Bragg, N.C., and thereafter deployed with the 519th Military Intelligence Battalion, for 12 months, where he pulled security for interrogators. He was then reassigned to 4th BCT,1st AD and deployed for seven months versus 12 due to a severe wound to his leg. He is now attached to the protocol section.


Hernandez said his wound hurts on occasion, especially when the weather changes. His friends often tease him by asking if it's going to rain.

    "The guys ask if I sit in my front porch and predict what the weather will be like today: 'Is your leg aching?' they ask," said Hernandez. "They give me a hard time, and I love it."

    After six months of physical therapy and some training, he is now able to run McKelligon Canyon carrying a 50-pound rucksack. Hernandez's injuries include loss of 30 percent in his quadriceps, three inches of girth and nerve damage to his right thigh, and he still has shrapnel in his leg.

    Hernandez said what still haunts him is the sadness and fear in the Iraqis' faces. He can't forget the children running around without shoes.

    "Some don't even have a mom and dad who can give them a hug," said Hernandez. "It's pretty hard on them and pretty hard on us to see that. I'm just glad my son doesn't have to go through that. That's why I want to go back, to help the Iraqi people acquire the same rights we have in the U.S.

    "People who want to pull out from Iraq should walk a mile in my shoes and see the things I saw," he concluded. "I'm sure they would change their minds immediately."



CAC film discussion program Sept. schedule

    Aug. 13, 2008 -- The AY09 Campaign Analysis Course (CAC) is offering an optional Strategic and Operational Art Film and Discussion Program. The purpose of this program is to offer interested students insight into selected episodes in the evolution of warfare from antiquity to the present. A series of films addressing strategic and operational themes will be shown throughout the academic year on Tuesday evenings, 6:30- 8:30 p.m., in Wil Waschoe Auditorium. A discussion period moderated by a faculty instructor familiar with the period and issues addressed will follow each film. The Association of the U.S. Army supports the program which is open to all students, staff, faculty, and retirees. The films showing in September are listed below. Come and join us the following evenings for professional discussion of an important episode in the evolution of the military art.

Date Showing               Title  /  Issues                                                                                             

Sept. 2                        Alexander the Great, The Battle of Issus / Leadership, Strategy, Operational Art

Sept. 9                         Horatio Nelson, The Battle of Trafalgar / Leadership, Strategy       

Sept. 16                       The Battle of Algiers / Insurgency, Counterinsurgency                                

Sept. 23                       Henry V / Just War Applications                                                                

Sept. 30                       When the Forest Ran Red / Leadership, Strategy, Operational Art               

Pfc. Jennifer Rick, U.S. Army War College Public Affairs Office
Carlisle Barracks employees awards for excellence

Lt. Col. Sergio Dickerson, garrison commander, presents Gary Johnson of the Army Heritage and Education Center, with a medal for being named Civilian Employee of the Quarter at the Installation Quarterly Awards Ceremony Aug. 5. Photo by Megan Clugh.

August 13, 2008 – Even during the busiest of times, it's important to recognize the hard work individuals put into supporting missions and getting things done. On August 5, several Carlisle Barracks Soldiers and civilians were highlighted for their achievements on the job at the Installation Quarterly Awards Ceremony.
    "This time of year is extremely busy with resident and distance education graduations, the class of 2008 leaving, and the class of 2009 coming in," said Lt. Col. Sergio Dickerson, garrison commander. "We're very proud of what you all do every day for Carlisle Barracks."
    First to be recognized was Gary Johnson, who was named Civilian Employee of the Quarter. Johnson is a Library Technician at the Army Heritage and Education Center.
    "I owe this to my supervisors," he said. "I'm very honored to receive this award."
    Next were Spc. Glenn Matthews and Sgt. Charles Cabrera, Soldier and Non-commissioned Officer of the Quarter. Both Soldiers work at Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic.
    The following people were given Certificates of Appreciation for the work they put into the installation picnic, held July 11.

  • Staff Sgt. Rennick Benneby
  • Dawn Ceprish
  • Thomas Connely
  • Staci Cretu
  • Sue Gehman
  • Lt. Col. Charles Grindle
  • Capt. Jane Hicks
  • William Hoffer
  • Yong Hoffer
  • Ryan Kimler
  • Liz Knouse
  • Angie Lehr
  • Cory Myers
  • Lt. Col. Robert Warsinske
  • Evan Wright
  • Karen Wright

     A special thank you was given to Kevin Small, Chief of Business Operations and Special Events, Directorate of Morale, Welfare, and Recreation, for his work for the installation picnic.
    "He did a tremendous job on making this an enjoyable experience for all the Soldiers and civilians of Carlisle Barracks," Dickerson said.

BOSS to hold food drive for Project S.H.A.R.E.

August 13, 2008 – Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS) will be working with Project S.H.A.R.E. to collect non-perishable food and monetary donations at the Commissary on Aug. 16 and 17 during normal business hours. The donations will be given to the local Project S.H.A.R.E. food bank.
Volunteers are needed to help with this worthy cause. To sign up, or if you have any questions or comments, please contact Spc. Tom Fiedler, 245-4313, or Pfc. Jennifer Rick, 245-3639.

About Project S.H.A.R.E.
Project S.H.A.R.E. provides food, clothing, nutrition education and links to other community resources to empower people in need within the Greater Carlisle Area.

Carlisle Barracks parking lot to close

The parking lot adjacent to Buildings 314 and 315 on Lovell Avenue will be closed on Saturday, August 16, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. for Motorcycle Safety Training.

Theresa Pace, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Islamic Prayer Room now in Upton Hall

Aug. 13, 2008 -- The Islamic Prayer Room has moved from Root Hall to the basement of Upton Hall and is open for daily prayer.

    "For more than twenty years Carlisle Barracks has provided a designated space for Islamics to use for daily prayer," said Chaplain (Col.) Arthur Pace, Installation Chaplain.

    The prayer room was moved to a new location to accommodate more people at a time. The room is currently open for all Islamics in the Carlisle Barracks community to use during office hours. Korans and prayer rugs have been ordered for use in the room, and a divider is available inside the room so men and women will be able to pray separately, said Pace.

America Supports You: 'D-Lister' shows audience laughter is best medicine


Comedian Kathy Griffin, star of "My Life on the D List," talks with Army Cpl. Joseph McCauley on April 3, 2008. McCauley is at Walter Reed Army Medical Center recovering from a traumatic brain injury he suffered March 23 while serving in Iraq. Griffin visited troops and their families in both the Fisher Houses and the hospital before performing a show for the troops in the evening. Defense Dept. photo by Samantha L. Quigley 


WASHINGTON, Aug. 13, 2008 – As summer ends, so goes the summer TV season, which means many favorite shows will go into hibernation for the winter.

    Comedian Kathy Griffin, Bravo network's somewhat saucier answer to Lucille Ball, has ensured the fourth season finale of "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D List," affects its audience when it airs tomorrow night.
    Don't expect the funny lady to reel it in just because she's visiting with servicemembers recuperating at Walter Reed Army Medical Center here.
    "I know our show isn't exactly 'Frontline,' but we definitely tried to weed as much comedy into the situation as possible, because these men and women let me know very quickly that when you're dealing with these kinds of injuries, you just gotta laugh," Griffin said. "What I'm proud of with [this] show is that it shows how people use humor to cope with a traumatic situation."
    Griffin found laughs razzing a corporal about his questionable tattoo while touring the Fisher House Foundation's two housing facilities where outpatients and their families stay while receiving treatment at Walter Reed. She found laughs while talking with troops during a visit to the hospital. Even George the therapy dog provided amusement when Griffin stopped by the hospital's physical therapy room.
    In fact, Griffin and Walter Reed's residents and employees didn't stop laughing from the moment she arrived until she walked off the stage after performing a stand-up routine in the evening.
    The "little show," as she described it, was well attended until Griffin started her more-than-PG routine and some members of the audience opted to call it a night.
    "To me, that's the sign of a good show," Griffin said. "You always need a couple of [ticked-off] chaplains combined with some laughing soldiers and a couple ER nurses."
    Supporting servicemembers has long been a cause near and dear to Griffin, whose father, a World War II soldier, died last year. It wasn't that military legacy, however, that led her to first performance for deployed troops.
   "What really got me involved was when a friend of mine, Kerri Turner from the television series "JAG," talked me into my first [United Service Organizations] trip to Afghanistan in 2002," Griffin said. "She told me that the trip would change my life, and she was right. It did."
    Last year's season of "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List" included her visit to Iraq to entertain troops. Her positive experience and     the overwhelmingly positive response from the audience was a catalyst to feature the military again this season, she said.
    "My goal this year with the Walter Reed episode is to have these men and women seen for the heroes they are and their families for the human beings they are," Griffin said. "This experience shows us what happens to these brave men and women when they come home and deal with the injuries they have sustained while at war. I saw the bravery from the moment I walked into Fisher House to the rehab facility to the little show I put on that night."
    Griffin said she's open to featuring the military in another episode, but isn't sure that will happen.
    "At this point, I have basically put the Army through hell. I believe they call my crew 'the insurgency,' but I won't stop," she said. "I visit with returning soldiers before each show I do on the road. I am so happy to be involved with performing for the armed forces [and] meeting them; whatever I can do."
    The season finale of "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List," which was filmed at Walter Reed in April, will premiere tomorrow on the Bravo network. Check local listings for times.
    The Fisher House Foundation and USO are supporters of America Supports You, a Defense Department program connecting citizens and companies with servicemembers and their families serving at home and abroad.



 Parents learn about local schools at orientation

Rick Fly, principal of St. Patrick School in Carlisle, talks to parents during an orientation Aug. 12. The orientation was held to inform newcomers of the different schools in the area. Administration from the Carlisle, South middleton, Cumberland Valley and St. Patrick schools were present. Photo by Pfc. Jennifer Rick.

 Local school orientation at Carlisle Barracks 

Don't miss the local school orientation to be presented on Tuesday, Aug. 12 at 1:30 p.m. in the Bliss Hall Auditorium. This is your chance to meet the Superintendants and Principals of the schools that support Carlisle Barracks. Carlisle School District will also bring their Athletic Director and their Transportation Director to answer questions about sports and bus transportation.

The following schools will be represented:





Please bring your school questions and concerns. Questions call Jacqueline Schultz at 245-4638 or Joe York at 245-4787.

Pfc. Jennifer Rick, U.S. Army War College Public Affairs Office
Opening Ceremony kicks off new academic year

Soldiers from the Army Drill Team demonstrate their rifle-handling abilities during the Opening Ceremony for the Class of 2009 on Indian Field Aug. 8. Photo by Scott Finger.

August 11, 2008 – The grandstands at Indian Field were filled with faces, old and new during the Opening Ceremony for the U.S. Army War College Class of 2009 Aug. 8.
    Spectators 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," the Army Drill Team, Pass and Review, and Retreat during the hour-long event.

The new War College students enjoyed the hour-long ceremony.
    "It was beautiful," said Polish International Fellow Col. Krzysztof Mitrega. "I really enjoyed the music and the history. It was a good experience."
    The ceremony had a practical side too.
    "It's a great way to get folks inspired for the start of the academic year," said Air Force Lt. Col. James Forand. "It also presents our traditions so everyone remembers them and why we're here doing what we do."
    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.

Pfc. Jennifer Rick, U.S. Army War College Public Affairs Office
Opening Ceremony kicks off academic year

Members of the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry Regiment "The Old Guard" Fife and Drum Corps perfom on Indian Field during the opening ceremony for the USAWC Class of 2009. Photo by Scott Finger. want more photos?

August 11, 2008 – The grandstands at Indian Field were filled with faces, old and new during the Opening Ceremony for the U.S. Army War College Class of 2009.
    Spectators 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," Pass and Review, and Retreat during the hour-long event.
New War College students said enjoyed the hour-long ceremony.
    "It was beautiful," said Polish International Fellow Col. Krzysztof Mitrega. "I really enjoyed the music and the history. It was a good experience."
    The ceremony had a practical side too.
    "It's a great way to get folks inspired for the start of the academic year," said Air Force Lt. Col. James Forand. "It also presents our traditions so everyone remembers them and why we're here doing what we do."


Members of the Army Drill Team perform. Photo by Scott Finger.

    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.


Opening Ceremony Photos

(photos by Scott Finger)


  Marshall Road closure Aug. 12-19

Aug. 8, 2008 -- Marshall Road, from the construction entrance for the new housing down to the bridge adjacent to the Strike Zone bowling lanes, will be closed Aug. 12- 19 for the installation of new concrete curbing and sidewalk.

    Safety barricades and road closure signage will be posted Marshall Road can be accessed via Barry Drive.



Electrical Outages scheduled    

Aug. 8, 2008 -- From Aug 19 through Aug.  26, there will be testing and cleaning pad mounted electrical switches on Carlisle Barracks.  Three switches will be tested each day and electrical outages of up to three hours will be experienced by activities/quarters being served by the switch. 

    "This preventative maintenance to the Carlisle Barracks electrical infrastructure is being done to prevent 'high voltage tracking' that could lead to blown fuses or equipment failure or electrical cable failure, according to Ken Giffhorn, Project Manager for FSSI.

    Testing will not be conducted during periods of rain and the schedule would be adjusted accordingly.  New schedules would be coordinated with activities when this occurs.  If rain delays or scheduling conflicts occur the cleaning and testing will extend beyond the Aug. 26 completion date.

    The proposed schedule can be found here.  Conflicts with programmed activities must be provided to FSSI (telephone 245-3270 or email no later than Aug. 8 so schedules can be modified if required.



Convocation starts school year

 Maj. Gen. Robert Williams, Army War College Commandant, speaks in Bliss Hall Aug. 6 during the convocation ceremony, marking the beginning of the school year.  During the ceremony, the students were welcomed by Dr. Bill Johnsen, dean of academics, and Williams. 

    "You are here at a critical time in the history of our Army, the joint team and our international alliances.  We are a military serving a nation at war," said Williams. "All of you have been defined in some manner by the GWOT. You are most likely going to be leading our formations or setting policy in the context of that threat for the rest of your active service in the middle of that conflict. This year of focused professional growth will prepare you well for the exacting demands of your future service."  Photo by Thomas Zimmerman.

County fair introduces newcomers to Carlisle community


Carlisle Barracks newcomers check out the Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation "Midway" section of County Fair in the Letort View Community Center on Aug 7. The fair is designed for newcomers and new USAWC students and their families to find out what services and organizations are available at Carlisle Barracks and in the Carlisle community. The fair was was held in the LVCC and Jim Thorpe Hall Gym. Photo by Suzanne Reynolds.








Colby Windholz provides information on Orrstown Bank to Col. Sly Cotton at the County Fair on Aug 7. Cotton is a member of the USAWC Class of 2009.

    "This is a great opportunity to see what the community has to offer," said Cotton.  "Everything is centrally located." Photo by Suzanne Reynolds.






Sherry Hegan learns about the Sylvan Learning Center from Bethany Dearborn in Thorpe Hall. Hegan attended her first County Fair since
starting at Dunham Clinic in May.

Play it safe this Summer

Aug. 6, 2008 -- U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center In a public service announcement taped by AFN South, E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt encourages Soldiers and Family members to "have fun, be smart and play it safe" this summer while enjoying outdoor and off-duty activities.

    Click here to view.

Memorial Day through Labor Day marks the critical days when accidents and mishaps pose

a greater risk to Soldiers and their Families, so this year's theme – Never Give Safety a Day Off

– holds great value in sustaining the force and maintaining an Army Strong.

    For 101 Critical Days of Summer Safety campaign posters, videos and additional information, visit

Jessica J. Sheets, U.S. Army Military History Institute
'The Road to Glory' The Purple Heart

This Purple Heart was awarded to Private Elmer M. Kann on August 5, 1932. Kann, a bugler for Company C, 316th Infantry Regiment, 79th Infantry Division, was wounded on November 3, 1918, during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. AHEC photo.

Aug. 5, 2008 -- On August 7, 1782, General George Washington ordered "that whenever any singularly meritorious action is performed, the author of it shall be permitted to wear on his facings, over his left breast, the figure of a heart in purple cloth, or silk, edged with narrow lace or binding." Washington made it clear that the badge could be bestowed upon soldiers of any rank. It was the first decoration in the Army to include enlisted troops. That Purple Heart could also be awarded for "extraordinary fidelity and essential service."
    The first Badges of Military Merit, as they were known, were awarded on May 3, 1783 to Sergeants Elijah Churchill and William Brown. Churchill, of the 2nd Regiment, Light Dragoons, earned his badge for conduct while leading two raids on Long Island in November 1780 and October 1781. Brown, of the 5th Connecticut Regiment, led an attack against Redoubt 10 at Yorktown in October 1781.
    One other badge was known to be awarded during the Revolutionary War. Washington declared on June 8, 1783, that Sergeant Daniel Bissell, of the 2nd Connecticut Regiment, would receive a badge. Bissell had spied behind enemy lines from August 1781 to September 1782 in New York City.
    The Badge of Military Merit stalled on its course of glory until being officially "revived" on February 22, 1932, the 200th anniversary of Washington's birth. General Douglas MacArthur, as US Army Chief of Staff, brought back the Purple Heart "out of respect to his [Washington's] memory and military achievements."
     Regulations stipulated that a Purple Heart could still be awarded for "any singularly meritorious act of extraordinary fidelity or essential service," but now also for "a wound, which necessitates treatment by a medical officer, and which is received in action with an enemy of the United States . . . [which] may, in the judgment of the commander authorized to make the award, be construed as resulting from a singularly meritorious act of essential service." Later, the award was made retroactive to World War I.
    Though the criteria for receiving the Purple Heart have changed since its inception, the path to today's Heart clearly began with George Washington in 1782. Near the end of his order establishing the Badge of Military Merit, Washington wrote, "The road to glory in a patriot army and a free country is thus opened to all." In Washington's time, the glory went to those who performed exceptional action. Today, the glory of the Purple Heart goes to those who bear wounds for their country.



Suzanne Reynolds, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Carlisle Barracks to welcome Army War College Class of 2009


The U.S. Army 3rd Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) Fife and Drum Corps perform during the opening ceremony for the Army War College Class of 2008 in this file photo. The opening ceremony for the USAWC Class of 2009 is slated for Aug. 8 at 5 p.m. on Indian Field. File photo.


Aug. 5, 2008 -- The Opening Ceremony for the Army War College Class of 2009 is scheduled to take place Friday, Aug. 8 at 5 p.m. here on Indian Field.

     The event features performances by the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) Fife and Drum Corps, the U.S. Army Drill Team and the U.S. Army Band (Pershing's Own).  Rain will cancel the event.

     The Old Guard is the oldest active-duty infantry unit in the Army, serving the Nation since 1784.  It serves as the Army's official ceremonial unit and escort to the President.

     The U.S. Army War College Class of 2009 consists of 336 students, which include 147 Army, 24 Army Reserve, 27 Army National Guard; 25 Air Force, three Air National Guard, four Air Force Reserve; 11 Navy, two Navy Reserve; 14 Marines, three Marine Reserve; and one Coast Guard Officer. 

     Thirty-three civilians from the Department of the Army, the Defense Leadership and Management Program, Department of State, National Security Agency, and Department of Homeland Security, are also in attendance, as well as 42 International Fellows, foreign officers from Afghanistan, Albania, Australia, Bahrain, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Estonia, Georgia, Germany, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Italy,

Japan, Jordan, Korea, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan,

Philippines, Poland, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.

     The average military officer in the class has completed 21 years of service.

     More than 65 percent of the military student body has campaign experience in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and 21 percent in Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan).



USAWC students, family members, staff, faculty and community members pack the Indian Field Grandstand during last year's
File photo.

   Twenty-five students are Pennsylvania natives.

     With the formal opening ceremony, the students begin a 10-month curriculum  which prepares them to assume strategic leadership responsibilities, educates them on the development and employment of landpower in joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational environment; research and publish on national security and military strategy; and engage in activities that support the Army's strategic communication efforts.

     The Class of 2009 will be in residence from August 2008 through graduation on June 6, 2009, when the students earn a USAWC diploma and Master of Strategic Studies degree.  The USAWC is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.



Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Carlisle, Carlisle Barracks recognize, reaffirm enduring partnership: 250 years and counting

Maj. Gen Robert Williams, Army War College Commandant, hands a pen to United States Representative Todd Platts, 19th District., to sign the Army Community Covenant. Ready to sign are [left to right] Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army John Spisso, Sgt. Major Curtis Green from Letterkenny Army Depot, Cumberland County Commissioner Barbara Cross, Army family member John Pritchard and Carlisle Mayor Kirk Wilson.

Pennsylvania and Carlisle officials joined Soldiers and family members from Carlisle Barracks to celebrate the military-community partnership, Aug. 1 on the Carlisle Square.  Signers of the Army Community Covenant affirmed their commitment to improving the quality of life for Soldiers and their Families.     Photo by Thomas Zimmerman.

Aug. 1, 2008 -- For more than 250 years Carlisle and Carlisle Barracks have been community partners. On Aug. 1, the two formally recognized that relationship at an Army Community Covenant signing ceremony held on the Square in downtown Carlisle.

    The ceremony became an opportunity for both military and civic leaders to celebrate the people and relationships that make Carlisle a welcoming community for military personnel and their families.       "We're proud of the people who live here and we are equally proud of those of you who choose to serve this great country, especially now as we fight the global war on terror," said Carlisle Mayor Kirk Wilson. "What we are here to do is formally recognize what has occurred for more than 250 years. We are here to recognize this great partnership between Carlisle and Carlisle Barracks."

    Wilson noted that 150 local members of Pennsylvania Army National Guard Stryker Brigade will soon deploy for training, and then to missions in Iraq, and reminded the community of the opportunities ahead to show support to both Pa. Guard military families as well as the military neighbors at Carlisle Barracks.   

    "The Army-Community Covenant is a commitment to building partnerships that support the strength, resilience and readiness of Soldiers and their families," he said. "The covenant recognizes the commitment that Soldiers and their families in our community are making every day …  that the strength of Soldiers comes from the strength of their families and, in turn … the strength of families comes from the strength and support of this community." 

    Others who turned out for the important event echoed that sentiment.

    "For those of you that live here, you know what a great place it is," said Pennsylvania Rep. Will Gabig, 199th District. "We live in a great country and this is a great community."

A clown entertains guests at the Welcome Jam Aug. 1. A Mix and Mingle cook-out was sponsored by the Carlisle Regional Medical Center, and hosted by the Cumberland County Historical Society for new USAWC students and their families. Photo by Tori Hennigan.

   Gabig can directly relate to the servicemembers and their families, having been a self-described "Army brat" as a child.

     "I can remember what it's like to move around every few years," he said. "I also remember shooting hoops in the Jim Thorpe Gym as a 12-year-old. Then, a few years ago, I was back in that same gym when the president addressed a previous class. It's amazing how full-circle things come."

    Gabig went on to say that the support of the community was something important for these families.

   "It's important to support the troops and I think that here we do that very well," he said.

    Maj. Gen. Robert Williams, Army War College Commandant, thanked the audience of community members for their continued support.

"The support is tangible for something that is very important to us," Williams said.  "We are about to sign a covenant, a promise, that we as a community recognize the importance of our Soldiers' commitment and the sacrifice of their families."    

    That is an important statement to all of us, said Williams about the military students newly arrived for the Army War College class, as well as for their families.

    "Many of the students …are coming right from war," he said. "They are expected to work hard but they also need to reset and recharge. You all can help and doing this tonight is something tangible and shows them you will do this.

    "With us tonight are many fine officers of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard and some exceptional federal civilians who have left demanding positions in Iraq, in Afghanistan, and many other places around the world.  They look forward to a change of scenery.  What they don't realize, yet, is what an ideal community this is for military members and their families.  And, they will. 

The U.S. Army Field Band "Volunteers" held a free concert as part of the evening’s festivities.  Photo by Thomas Zimmerman.

     "They will come to love you and your community because you offer such profound respect and good will," said Williams.

    "Tonight we are here to symbolically mark our commitment as a community to embrace each other and provide that sense of home that is so important to who we are as a country and what we stand for."        

    Gabig recognized two Wounded Warriors taking part in the ceremony and celebration, Army veteran Manny Pena, and Air Force veteran Matt Fritz.

    "I want to welcome you and thank you for your service to our country," said Gabig.

    The importance of the military-community partnership was highlighted recently by Pete Geren, Secretary of the Army.

    "Every Soldier in this Army is a volunteer. Family members are volunteers too. An all-volunteer force. And we are in unchartered waters when it comes to fighting an extended conflict with an all-volunteer force," he said at Fort Benning, Ga., April 17. "That's why it's so important for communities to step up … love their Soldiers and love their families, and embrace them."

    The covenant signing ceremony highlighted the Carlisle community's welcome to new Soldiers and the students and families of the Army War College Class of 2009.  A Mix and Mingle cook-out was sponsored by the Carlisle Regional Medical Center, and hosted by the Cumberland County Historical Society.

    "I've never seen a community go so far for the military," said Dave Moreland, new USAWC student. Moreland was previously stationed at Ft. Bragg, N.C.  

    His wife, Brenda, said she looks forward to a year when her husband won't be deployed and they can enjoy this year here together.  

   "I think the Welcome Jam is tremendous, how the community reaches out to the school and makes you feel welcome."

     As the community dignitaries signed the covenant, The Volunteers, the Army's touring show band, was poised to entertain the crowd that had begun to gather as early at 5 p.m. for the concert, sponsored by the Downtown Carlisle Association. They weren't disappointed.

     "It's been a great concert," said Mary Page, a 20-year Carlisle resident who arrived at 5:30 p.m to get a good seat.

    "I wanted to get here early, and I'm glad I did since it filled up so quickly," she said. "I was here last year and really enjoyed the concert and I'll be back next year if they do this again."   






Donna Miles, American Forces Press Service
New policy aims to help prevent loss of leave

WASHINGTON (AFPS, June 30, 2008) - Servicemembers expecting to lose annual leave on Sept. 30 due to caps on carryover leave will be the first to benefit from a new policy that allows them to keep more annual leave, earn or hold on to certain special leave categories, and in some cases, sell back accrued leave.
    The new military leave policy, part of the fiscal 2008 National Defense Authorization Act, allows troops to carry over 75 days rather than the previous 60 days into the next fiscal year, Sam Retherford, the Pentagon's deputy director of officer personnel management, told American Forces Press Service.
   The new policy, in place until Dec. 31, 2010, is expected to reduce the amount of lost leave caused by the current high operating tempo. Quality-of-life surveys conducted over the past five years show that about 13 percent of the force lost up to 20 days leave each year, Retherford said. Senior noncommissioned officers and officers who have accrued more leave were the most likely to be affected.
    The Defense Department had been proposing policies to fix the situation, and welcomes Congress' support for measures that raise the leave carryover ceiling, increase the amount of "special accrued leave" earned in a contingency zone operation, and provides another opportunity for troops to sell back used leave, Retherford said.
    The new policy also extends the period servicemembers deployed to a combat zone or supporting a contingency operation have to use their accrued leave. Those who served in a combat zone now have up to four years to reduce their leave from the maximum 120 days to the 75-day cap provided for under the new provision.
    Those supporting contingency operations can take up to three years to get their leave down to the new cap.
    The new policy also allows enlisted members to sell back up to 30 days of special accrued leave - leave earned in a combat zone or designated contingency operation -- they would otherwise have lost beyond the 120-day limit, Retherford said. Leave accrued in a combat zone is more valuable than regular leave, because it is not taxed, he said.
    Enlisted troops can sell back leave when they re-enlist or when they leave the military with an honorable discharge. Officers can sell back leave only when separating from the military under honorable conditions.
   Troops can sell back only 60 days of leave over the span of their career, Retherford said.
    The new policy also extends the special rest and recuperation absence from 15 to 20 days for troops completing an overseas duty tour extension longer than 12 months and electing government-paid transportation. Those who pay for their own transportation for special rest and recuperation are still authorized the previous 30 days absence.
    The new military leave policy ensures that servicemembers don't lose out because they're unable to take leave due to the high operating tempo, Retherford said.
    "Lost leave is an issue, because leave is an entitlement. It is worth money," he said. "This new policy sends the message that the department values the worth of the entitlement, but recognizes that there is not always the opportunity for people to take leave because of the current operational environment."


Tori Hennigan, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Golf course wins best-in-Army award


Terry Myers (right), manager, and Dave Mallein,
assistant manager, look over the golf course
while discusing the James A. Carroll award the Carlisle Barracks Golf Course won. 
Photo by Tori Hennigan.  


Aug. 1, 2008 -- The Carlisle Barracks Golf Course has won another impressive award, but this one has nothing to do with manicured lawns or state-of the-art facilities.

     Terry Myers, golf course manager, has earned the James A. Carroll Award for the best golf course in the Army for 2007. 

    "Terry did outstanding in FY07, he strives very hard to ensure that his golf course is always at its prime. I will say that throughout my 25 plus years of seeing golf courses and golf course managers I find that Mr. Myers is among the elite and was totally well deserving of this Carroll Award," said Barbara George, director of Morale, Welfare, and Recreation.

    Several awards are handed out for different categories including golf courses, bowling alleys, and food beverage and entertainment facilities. Myers won the award for the small installation category of $500,000 to $1,000,000 for Excellence in Management. The award was established in honor of James Carroll Jr., a leader in the Army's hospitality field in 1976, the year after Carroll passed away. 

    George submitted the 20 page packet for the FY07 season.

   "You have to address many issues, what have they done to help improve their facilities, how did they interact with the rest of the installation, and it's an extensive packet," said George.

   Myers credits his winning the award to his employees and says that they do a good job and he wants to find a way to show his appreciation. 

     "I think it would have been better if it was given to the facility rather than the manager.  It's nice to get the award, it's my whole staff that makes it fly, and we'll do something here to make sure they share in some of it to," said Myers.

    Myers also said he thinks several projects the golf course has done recently has helped to win the award.

      "I think a lot of it was that we did some projects along the way, and we completed a $2,000,000 maintenance facility, so I think they're looking at places that are growing," said Myers.     

  Because Myers won the award for 2007, he cannot be entered to win it again for 2008, but George is already planning and working on the packet for FY09.

    Lt. Col. Sergio Dickerson, Garrison Commander, presented Myers with his award July 15th.  Myers will go to Louisville, KY, for an awards banquet August 27.


Interested in participating in the Army 10 Miler?

    The Carlisle Barracks Sports Office has room for 4, 8 person teams for the October 5th Army 10-miler.

    The deadline to sign up is Wednesday August 8. The Sports Office will provide packet pickup October 3, and bus transportation to the event in Washington, D.C. October 5.

    All profits of the race will go to Soldier Morale, Welfare, and Recreation programs.

    Anyone interested in participating should contact Ken Sjoberg at 717-245-4375, or go to the sports office, in the basement of Root Hall Gym. 




Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Carlisle Barracks unveils new Army Family Housing


Col. Jack Pritchard and his family cut a ribbon outside of a home in the Meadows July 17. Pritchard is the USAWC Class of 2009 Class President. He and his family will live in the Meadows. The ceremony celebrated the opening of the Meadows housing development. The Meadows is the first new family housing built on Carlisle Barracks since the late 1960s.  "The Meadows" comprises 46 three- and four-bedroom duplex homes averaging 2,000 square feet, featuring two and a half baths, fully equipped modern kitchen, den, patio area, and two-car garage. The new housing area is located adjacent to the Claremont Road entrance to post.  Photo by Pfc. Jennifer Rick. 
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July 17, 2008 – Years of planning and work on behalf of Army Families paid off July 17 at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the first new housing area constructed under the post Residential Communities Initiate, the Meadows.

    The Meadows consists of 46 duplex-style homes for USAWC students and their families.  These three- and four-bedroom, homes average 2,000 – 2,200 square feet, boast 2.5 baths, fully equipped modern kitchens, walk-in closets, den, patio area, and two-car garages.  The Meadows also includes a modern playground/courtyard area.

    One of the families to move into the new housing is USAWC Class President Col. Jack Pritchard, his wife, Michelle, and sons David and John.

    "They really appear to be well constructed and they look great," said Pritchard. "I was in one of these house a few months ago before they were completed and it's amazing to see how far they have come."

    His wife, Michele, shared his opinion.

    "I think they are fantastic," she said. "We just moved here two days ago and can't wait for our household goods to get here and start unpacking." The Pritchard family was previously stationed in Hawaii and beating the heat was the chief concern of the youngest member of the family.

    "They look really nice, and they have central air condition which is great," said 10-year-old John, laughing. "You need that on a day like today."

    The Meadows was the first new construction aspect of a plan developed by the RCI and Balfour Beatty Communities. The development plan involves the construction of new neighborhoods, replacement of existing neighborhoods, and the renovation of existing and historic housing.

    "We at Balfour Beatty Communities are proud to lead this project in making lives better for families of this important military community," said Ty McPhillips, project director for Balfour Beatty Communities.

    The project is about more than just houses.

    "Today's ceremony marks a milestone, the delivery of 46 new homes from the Residential Communities Initiative," said Maj. Gen. Robert Williams, commandant of the Army War College.

    "It sends a powerful message to Soldiers and their families who do so much for our great country right now.  We're transforming the entirety of Carlisle Barracks into a residential community that's fitting for our Soldiers and families who bear so much of a burden today in this very difficult time for our nation."  

    The initiative partners the Army with Balfour Beatty Communities, using private funding to develop state-of-the-art neighborhoods and housing for Army Families at Carlisle Barracks, according to Ty McPhillips who directed the Balfour Beatty project at Carlisle Barracks. The total cost of the five-year initial development and renovation of historic housing at Carlisle Barracks is approximately $65M.

    "Today we celebrate the Army and our private partners' commitment to significantly improve the quality of life for Soldiers and their families at Carlisle Barracks," said Jerry Hanson, Deputy Secretary of the Army for Strategic Infrastructure. "This is truly a fulfillment of our commitment so that Soldiers of today receive the quality of life commensurate with their service. We are putting Carlisle Barracks families first."

    "This day proves that RCI model works," said Christopher Williams, Executive Vice President for Balfour Beatty Communities. "We have a great deal of respect for the men and women of the United States military who defend our freedom and liberties throughout the world. Their families at home also make tremendous sacrifices in that effort and that's why we're here today." 

As one goes up, one comes down



Workers tear down one of the College Arms 
homes July 15. 31 homes along Craig
and Sumner Roads. 
Photo by Tori Hennigan.

   As the post celebrated the new development, demolition crews were hard at work removing 31 homes in the College Arms area along Craig and Sumner Roads.

    "In this area of College Arms we'll be demolishing the existing 31 houses and replacing them with 24 new homes, the same as in the Meadows," said McPhillips.  The three and four bedroom homes were originally constructed in 1950 and 1951 and average 1,200 square feet.

    "These houses are being taken down to pave the way for new family housing that is truly commensurate with the level of service of the service members at Carlisle Barracks,' said Lt. Col. Sergio Dickerson, garrison commander. 

   The project is expected to be completed in mid-2009.


Army Ten Miler announces online lottery for 400 servicemembers

WASHINGTONArmy Ten-Miler officials announced that 400 ATM race entries will be offered to U.S. Armed Forces service members through a special, online lottery Aug. 11-15, 2008.  "This is the Army's race and many military personnel didn't know where they would be in October when the race sold out on Apr. 21", remarked Jim Vandak, race director.  "We realize that the 400 military entries will not cover everyone.  However, we wanted to do something special for the military and recognize their service to our country," added Vandak. 

    The military lottery will be conducted online at  To register for the lottery, participants will need to have or use an email address with a .mil extension.  The Army Ten-Miler lottery is open to all branches of the Armed Forces and winners will be randomly selected on Aug. 16.  Registrants will be required to enter a valid credit card but the card will not be charged unless the registrant is selected as a winner.  All registrants will receive an email notifying them if they were selected and a searchable list will be posted on the Army Ten-Miler confirmation page. All lottery winners will be required to present a military ID to obtain their race packets.  All lottery entries are final – no transfers or refunds. Lottery winners can still be drafted onto an existing team for the team competition until Aug. 26, 2008.

 About the Army Ten-Miler   

    The Army Ten-Miler is America's largest 10-mile running event. The Army's annual 10-mile race will take place on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008 in Washington, DC. This unique road race has both its start and finish lines at the Pentagon. Race weekend activities a two-day race expo, fitness clinics, youth runs, 94.7 the Globe post race party and HOOAH tents from Army installations around the world.      

    The ATM is produced by the U.S. Army Military District of Washington (MDW), with proceeds benefiting Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation, a comprehensive network of support and leisure services designed to enhance the lives of Soldiers and their families. The mission of the Army Ten-Miler is to promote the Army, build esprit de corps, support fitness goals, and enhance community relations. For more information about this prestigious race, visit

Distance class donates print to Carlisle


Col. Mike Howe, U.S. Army War College Distance Education Class of 2008 President, (right) and Col. John Felleisen, Class Vice President, (left) present a copy of "The Whiskey Rebellion" by Dale Gallon, the Class of 2008 class print, to Carlisle Borough Manager Stephen Heitsch in the borough office July 23. The class voted to donate the gift to Carlisle Borough in recognition of the 250-year relationship between the post and town, and in thanks for all that the local community does for the military at Carlisle Barracks. Hietsch then hung the print over the fireplace in his office. Photo by Thomas Zimmerman.

Class of 2007 plaque unveiled

Col. Alan Irish (left) and Col. Jack Curran (right) unveil the plaque for the U.S. Army War College Class of 2007 along Root Hall on July 24 as Maj. Gen. Robert Williams, USAWC Commandant looks on. The plaque lists the names of all of the graduates of both the distance and resident classes.

    "This plaque is a reminder of what can be accomplished when you preserve when the road is long and difficult," said Irish. Photo by Theresa Pace. 

Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Webster urges graduates to 'use education for action'

Col. Thomas Wilkinson gives a thumbs up as he walks
back to his seat during the U.S. Army War College
 Distance Education Class of 2008 graduation July 25
 on Carlisle Barracks. The graduation marked the 
end of the two year program for the 276 graduates. 
Photo by Pfc. Jennifer Rick.  
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July 25, 2008 –      As members of the Army War College Distance Education Class of 2008 celebrated the end of their intense two-year studies, they were challenged to apply the knowledge they acquired to better themselves and their country.

    "Use your education for action. Don't let it simply serve as an accomplishment," said Lt. Gen. William Webster, deputy commander of Northern Command and vice commander of the U.S. Element, North American Aerospace Defense Command. "Let me congratulate each of you for your hard work and dedication, but you need to find the gaps and bridge them. We have to lead the way. We know what must be done."



  The 276 graduates recognized the end of the distance education program with a ceremony on a sunny July morning on the post historic parade grounds.  The graduation culminated the end of two years of late night studying, and balancing work, school and home lives for a program some consider more difficult than the school 10-month resident program.

  "This is truly a tough course. I'd have to say it's more difficult for you than your resident counterparts," said Webster. "You have a demanding, full-time job and you must complete your school work in your 'free time'. You are now better prepared for the challenges of the future." Webster is a 1995 graduate of the USAWC resident program.

    Chaplain (Col.) Chris Wisdom, DDE graduate, described the course as challenging and rewarding.

    "It is very gratifying. It has been a hard course," said Wisdom. "It feels great to succeed in doing something difficult."

    Wisdom explained that at first he believed the second year would be easier, but both years ended up being "equally challenging.There was no letting-off during the entire program."


The first year the students work on their papers and assignments by themselves, but when they attended their first resident course they are assigned to a seminar group. In their second year of study the seminar groups work as a team to complete most of their assignments.       

    "The second year was less individual effort and more required teamwork to process and produce group products," said Wisdom.


  Friends, families and other invited guests packed the seats on the posts historic parade grounds. Photo by Pfc. Jennifer Rick.

     Though the work was hard, it was all well worth it, noted another.

"This was my most rewarding educational experience since the second grade. Everything about the support, the curriculum and the experience was fantastic," said Col. John Felleisen, member of the distance class of 2008 and its vice-president. "I'd do this again in a heartbeat."

   One of the students said that although he is happy to be finished, he will miss his peers and friends from his seminar group.

    "I feel a sense of relief and a sense of loss," said Col. Chris Gentry. "After this week we will leave our separate ways. To a large extent I will miss the camaraderie and the close and personal relationships."

    Webster also pointed out the critical role that the Army National Guard and Reserve play in today's global environment.

    "It's great to see so many National Guard and Reserve officers," said Webster. "The people of this nation count on you to help keep them safe and secure the nation." More than 50% of the class was made up of National Guard or Reserve officers.

    Webster went on to point out the many roles that these Soldiers fill.


Lt. Gen. William Webster, deputy commander, U.S. Northern Command and vice commander of the U.S. Element, North American Aerospace Defense Command, was the graduation speaker. Photo by Scott Finger.    


 "You will be the first to answer the call in the event of a crisis," he said. "This course ensures you are ready for your next assignment in those key positions." Webster went on to point out the role the National Guard and Reserve play in not only homeland security and disaster response, but their role in NORTHCOM.

    "More than 45% of NORTHCOM has either National Guard or Reserve experience," he said. "That shows how important your role is. We owe our absolute best for our friends and families." 

       The program will enable the graduates to perform critical jobs all over the world, according to Maj. Gen. Robert Williams, USAWC Commandant. 

    "You have now acquired a multi-based graduate-level education to help in a complex world," he said. "Each one of you will help chart the destiny of our nation by what you do each day. You bring the promise of hope to the rest of the world."

    The 276 graduates include 101 Army National Guard, 101 Army Reserve, 32 active Army, one Air Force, six Marine Corps, six Marine Reserve, nine Navy Reserve, nine civilians and six USAWC faculty/staff members under the Commandant's Program.  Also in attendance are five International Fellows—foreign military officers -- from Denmark, India, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Taiwan.

History behind the US Army War College DDE program

    Since its inception in 1970, the Distance Education Program of the Army War College has been a senior level college accredited program. It is the only Senior Service College Distance Education course from any service that has been so recognized by U.S. Army Personnel Command.

Members of the USAWC Distance Education Class of 2008 stand at attention during the national anthem during the ceremony. Photo by Scott Finger.

    To attend the United States Army War College an applicant must be a serving colonel or lieutenant colonel with at least 16 but not more than 23 years of service at the starting date of the course. Applicants must have completed the Command and General Staff College, or the equivalent, and should have completed a baccalaureate degree.

    Like the resident degree, the DDE program has been recognized as a graduate level program. Since DDE began, 38 classes have graduated from the program.

(Editor's note: Theresa Pace contributed to this article.)



Distance education student awards 


Col. Michael Howe, USAWC Distance Education Class of 2008 President, shakes hands with Lt. Gen. William Webster, deputy commander, U.S. Northern Command and vice commander of the U.S. Element, North American Aerospace Defense Command, after receiving The AWC Alumni Association Lifetime Membership Award. Photo by Scott Finger.

July 25, 2008 -- The following students received their writing awards at the Distance Education Class of 2008 graduation ceremony July 25.



The AWC Foundation Award for Outstanding Program Research Paper

Lt. Col. Richard David, U.S. Army 

"Democracy in Hugo Chavez's Venezuela: Developing or Faltering Due to His Policies, Activities, and Rhetoric?" 

Mr. Christopher Mayer, Civilian

"Opportunities and Risks for the Employment of Private Security Companies in Complex Contingencies" 

Lt. Col. Jerome Sibayan, U.S. Army

"The Figure 8 Model of International Relations"

Col. Mark Anspach, U.S. Army Reserve

"KLEPSUDRA: How the Rio Grande Treaty Increased Instability in Mexico"

Col. Margaret Carter, U.S. Army

"CBRNE Detection: Technology is not a Strategy"

Capt. Mark Patterson, U.S. Navy Reserve

"Defend the Approaches"

Cmdr. Glenn Witt, U.S. Navy Reserve

"Understanding and Managing North Korea's Nuclear Ambitions"

Capt. Paul Shaw, U.S. Navy Reserve

"Achieving DOD's Net Centric Vision of Information Sharing While Overcoming Cultural Biases to  Control Information"

Lt. Col. Richard Holdren, U.S. Army

"It's the Economy That Matters Most"


The Military Officers of America (MOAA) Writing Awards

Col. Steven Mahon, U.S. Army Reserve

"International Traffic in Arms Regulations: An Impediment to National US Army Reserve Security"

Col. Scott Romans, U.S. Army Reserve

"Role of the National Defense Stockpile in the Supply of Strategic and US Army Reserve Critical Materials"

Col. Dana Capozzella, U.S. Army National Guard

"The Time is Now to Remove the Ban"

The Commandant's Award for Distinction in Research

Lt. Col. Rickey Watson, U.S. Army Reserve

"The United States' Rejection of the International Criminal Court: A US Army Reserve Strategic Error"

Lt. Col. William Florig, U.S. Army Reserve

"The Red Scourge Returns: The Strategic Challenge of Maoist Insurgency in India and South Asia"

Col. Chris Gentry, U.S. Army Reserve

"Self-Evident Truths: Why We Can Stop Worrying and Love the Posse Comitatus"

Ms. Jean Grotophorst, Civilian
"United States Rotorcraft Technology Investment: Is There a Lack of Vision?"   


The AWC Alumni Association Lifetime Membership Award

Col. Michael Howe, US Army National Guard




Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
CDCs' Thomas takes care of kids, parents


Martha Thomas, infant room worker in the Child Development Center, holds Joette Burns at the CDC July 21. Thomas has worked at the CDC for more than 20 years. Photo by Thomas Zimmerman.

July 23, 2008 –   Twenty years of experience working with children at the Moore Child Development Center at Carlisle Barracks has been rewarding not only the person, but the kids and their families as well.

    Martha Thomas, who works on the infant room at the CDC, recently celebrated 20 years of service at the post child care center.

    "She really helps the parents get over the humps with their kids," said Melody Irwin, CDC director. "That's just her magic. She guides them through some of the tough situations. She's perfect for the job."

    She works mainly with the children at the CDC who are between six to 16 months old, before they transition to the toddler program.

    "I really love getting up in the morning and coming in to see my kids," said Thomas. "I think about them and their needs each and every day."

    Thomas started working at the CDC in 1988 when her husband was stationed here and they were living in Young Hall.

     "I had worked in a nursing home previously, but really didn't have much experience with kids," she said. "But I found out that I really loved working with the babies and helping them and their parents."

    She takes pride in working and attending to the children's needs, and  to their parents needs as well.

    "I try to help out and answer any questions they may have," said Thomas. "Especially with new parents, they have so many questions and concerns. I try and let them know it'll be ok."

   That advice is well received according to one of those parents.

    "She is a perfect fit for the infant room. You never see her frustrated or panic," said Heath Freeland, a Metro employee who has two kids at the CDC. "I know she's been doing this for 20 plus years so I listen to everything she tells me.  As a parent you couldn't ask for a better caretaker for your infant than Miss Martha."

    What really surprises Thomas is when she sees some of her former kids many years later, she said.

    "I was at a wedding recently and one of the junior groomsmen was one of the kids I had in the infant room," she said. "Now he's a 14-year-old young man. The last time I saw him he was just walking. It was really amazing."

   Parents say it's that little bit extra that sets Thomas apart.

    "Martha is always thinking about what is best for you and your child," said Megan Clugh, who has a son and daughter at the CDC. "She not only takes care of them at the CDC, but also provides advice and tools to the parents to make certain they are well taken care of at home as well."   

    Clugh told a story about when her daughter, Maya, began to walk and the way Thomas handled it.

    "One day while she was at the CDC, Maya took her first steps," said Clugh. "Martha knew how important it was for me to see her when she first started walking. She told me when I picked her up to make sure I worked with her on walking when I got home. Maya took off walking as soon as I set her down.  Martha never told me that she had walked earlier that day, she wanted it to be a surprise."  

    The development of the children is something that's very important to her, said Thomas.

   "I want to see these kids grow up strong and develop the way they need to," said Thomas. "I want them to all be healthy, happy kids."

   She said that when the kids eventually moved or grow too old for the CDC, they take a piece of her with them.

    "I'm attached to each of them and a little piece of my heart goes with all of them."



School physicals offered at Dunham Aug 5-7

    Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic is offering student school physicals August 5-7.

    To receive a physicals patients must have with them their immunization records, glasses or contacts (if applicable) and school physical forms.

    Before scheduling an appointment parents should confirm that physicals will be accepted at the gaining institution. Many organization require documentation solely on their proprietary forms, the clinic is asking parents to have these forms with them for the appointment. Lastly parents should check the time limitations within which a physical must be performed.

    To schedule an appointment call 717-245-3400.


Gary Johnson, U. S. Army Military History Institute
This week in Army history: Enemy burns U.S. city

    July 30, 2008 -- On November 7, 1863, Union General William W. Averell's brigade entered the town of Lewisburg, West Virginia. The tragedy of the later burning of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, began to unfold during the time that Averell's forces occupied the town. A local man, David Creigh, returned home to find a Union straggler in the act of plundering his house. Creigh, a Confederate sympathizer with several sons in the army, killed the thief and hired a man to hide the body in an abandoned well. Creigh safely resumed his former activities until June 1864, when Union troops under Averell and General George Crook were once again in the area. A local slave told them of the straggler's killing. A short time later the body was recovered, and Creigh was arrested for murder. On June 10, he was found guilty, and on June 12, Averell ordered the execution carried out.
    By then, Crook's and Averell's two divisions had joined forces with General David Hunter's two divisions in the Shenandoah Valley. The combined column continued its march toward Lexington, captured the town on June 11, and burned the Virginia Military Institute and the home of Virginia's former Governor John Letcher the following day. Hunter's summary execution of a Confederate trooper, Private Matthew White of the 14th Virginia Cavalry Regiment, on June 13 further outraged Southern soldiers .
    In mid-month, however, the tide turned against the Yankees. Lieutenant General Jubal Early, with heavy reinforcements from the Army of Northern Virginia, secured Lynchburg. Confronted with this danger, Hunter retreated all the way to the Ohio River. Early then swept northward down the Shenandoah Valley, crossed the Potomac, and actually threatened Washington, DC. Even after withdrawing west of the Blue Ridge Mountains in mid-month, Early remained dangerous. He beat Crook at Second Kernstown on July 24 and again cleared the Shenandoah country of Union troops. Such success opened opportunity to exact vengeance for what Hunter and Averell had inflicted.
     On July 28, Confederate General John McCausland received orders from Early directing him to conduct a retaliatory raid with two cavalry brigades against the North. General Early had selected the small town of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, as the target for this retaliation. Among the demands included in his instructions was that $100,000 in gold or $500,000 in U. S. currency be paid by the citizens of Chambersburg in compensation for the damages inflicted at Lewisburg and Lexington.
    In the pre-dawn hours of July 30, McCausland's command was in the area of the Greenawalt family home, located on the turnpike west of Chambersburg. A council of war held at the house resulted in some subordinate Confederate officers protesting to McCausland against burning anything but public property. Angry with those officers, he threatened them with severe punishment if they refused to obey orders. Nevertheless, many did openly disobey, going so far as to give widespread publicity to their disobedience.
    Later that morning, McCausland was told that the local citizens could not raise the money and that few individuals had responded to his summons. He told them he would wait six hours for their reply. If no ransom was paid, the town would be destroyed. After some time elapsed, many citizens came to him, but it became apparent from the indifferent attitude many exhibited that they did not intend to pay. No committees had been formed or attempts made to negotiate with him. McCausland changed his mind about the six-hour deadline – nothing would be gained by waiting longer.
    He directed Major Harry Gilmor to arrest 50 or more of the town's most prominent citizens. They were to be taken to Richmond and held as hostages until the money was paid. Some scouts returned with a captured Union soldier and reported a heavy force of Federal cavalry – ironically, commanded by Averell himself - not more than four miles away. McCausland told Gilmor there was no more time to waste – the town must be burned now. He showed Gilmor General Early's order and directed him to start the fires. When the smoke finally cleared, a total of 549 buildings were burned--278 residences and places of business, 98 barns and stables, and 173 out-buildings of various kinds--with an estimated value of $783,950. That evaluation did not include the extensive additional loss of personal property. It was estimated that twice that much money would not cover the losses of personal property
    McCausland temporarily eluded Averell and escaped across the Potomac. That river provided a barrier but not a bulwark. As his raiders incautiously rested in the South Branch Valley around Moorefield, West Virginia, they were routed by Averell, August 7.
    Thus raid and counter-raid, retaliation and counter-retaliation, victory and victim continued. The war went on, and it would grow still more severe in the Great Valley of the Appalachians as summer turned into autumn. Civilians as well as Soldiers had to bear the burden of war.



Public Affairs staff report
Inside facts to help newcomers fit in fast

     Moving can be confusing.  Every area has things about it that make it different from other places - new customs, rules and laws; as well as different services that are available.  Becoming accustomed to a new locale can be difficult without adequate guidance.  The following can help you more quickly get used to life at Carlisle Barracks and will hopefully make your transition into the community smoother. 

ACS lending closet

    Donna Jones, Relocation Readiness Program manager, recommends that interested people call her at 245-3685 or 245-4357 first to see if the items needed are available. Otherwise, they can walk in anytime from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to see what the closet has available. In order to borrow an item however, you will need to bring a copy of your PCS status and work orders. The lending closet is located at 46 Ashburn Drive in Anne Ely Hall.

   Items available include:

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

 Vehicle registration

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

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

 Key post policies


  • Dogs are required to be under control on leashes at all times, regardless of were they're at on the installation.  All waste needs to be picked up by owners as well.
  • Speed limit is 15 miles per hour
  • No motorcycle or moped may be registered or operated on Carlisle Barracks unless the operator has attended a motorcycle safety foundation course and possesses an MSF card. 
  • Also, motorcycle and moped riders are required to wear a Department of Transportation approved helmet, goggles or full- shield properly attached to helmet, full- fingered gloves, long trousers and a long sleeved shirt or jacket, and sturdy footwear, a brightly colored outer upper garment during the day and reflective upper garment during the night. 
  • For safety purposes, no swimming or wading is allowed in streams. 
  • Trash and Recycling are picked up every Monday. Trash and recycling should be placed in their correct bins and placed on the curb.


Chapel Services

 Chaplain (Col.) Arthur Pace, installation chaplain and Father (Col.) Phil Mahalic, installation Catholic Priest.

    Catholic Masses are Saturdays (Anticipatory Mass) at 5:30 p.m., Sundays at 9:15 a.m., and Monday- Friday at noon.  Confession is Saturdays from 4:30 to 5 p.m. and following the 5 p.m. Mass, and Choir Rehearsal is Wednesday at 7 p.m. 

    Protestant Services are also offered on Sundays at 11 a.m.  The Junior Youth of the Chapel meets Sundays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., and the Senior Youth of the Chapel meets on Sundays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  There is also Choir Rehearsal on Thursdays at 7 p.m.

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

 Child Development Center

Lt. Col. Sergio Dickerson, garrison commander, 
reads a book to children 
at the Moore Child Development Center.  

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

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

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

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

 Health Care


The entrance to Dunham Health Clinic, 
located at  450 Gibner Road.   

   Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic offers routine and same- day acute care appointments to both Soldiers and their family members Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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

 Commissary and PX Hours

·         The Commissary is open Tuesday through Saturday 9:00a.m. to 6:00p.m. and Sundays 11:00p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

·         The PX is open Monday through Saturday 9:00a.m. to 6:00p.m. and Sundays 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

 Recreational Facilities on Post

·         Thorpe Hall (Gym): Open Monday through Thursday 5:30a.m.- 7p.m., Friday 5:30 a.m.- 6 p.m., Saturdays 9a.m.- 5p.m., and Sunday noon- 5p.m.

·         Strike Zone Bowling Center: Open Monday through Friday 8:30a.m.-9p.m., Saturday 1p.m. through 5p.m., and closed on Sundays.

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

·         Splash Zone (Post Pool): Open daily 11a.m.-12:50p.m. for lap swimming and 1p.m. to 7p.m. for open swimming. Located behind the LVCC (seasonally)

Important Post Phone Numbers

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


Suzanne Reynolds, Army War College Public Affairs Office
'County fair' slated for Aug. 7

    July 29, 2008 -- U.S. Army War College Class of 2009 students and families and newcomers to Carlisle Barracks, are you interested in learning more about post facilities and activities, or how about Carlisle-area businesses and organizations? If so, the place to be on Thursday, August 7, is the 'Carlisle Barracks County Fair'.

     Scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Fair is composed of four distinct sections:  Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation activities, Community Support Activities and Main Street 2 (off-post businesses and organizations) to be held in the Letort View Community Center; and Main Street 1 (off-post businesses and organizations affiliated with the Downtown Carlisle Association) to be held in Thorpe Hall.

     Newcomers to the Fair will be able to sign up for various classes held on post such as exercise, and ballroom dancing to services such as telephone and TV cable.  The Fair will provide a wealth of information to make your and your family's transition to Carlisle much easier. 

Shuttle bus service

     Shuttle bus service will be provided to AY09 students and families and newcomers from the Meadows, the parking lots at 632 Wright Avenue, and the PX, to the Post Office every 20 minutes.

Thorpe Hall fitness center closure for county fair

 Aug.6 - 1st Floor will close at 3 p.m. The 2nd and 3rd Floors will be open for normal hours of operation and close at 8:30 p.m.

 Aug. 7 - Thorpe Fitness Center will be closed all day for the County Fair and will reopen on Aug. 8 at 5:30 a.m.

Parking lot closure for county fair

    The parking lot alongside Armstrong Hall on Lovell Ave. will be closed on Aug. 7. Lovell Ave. will be designated a one-way street.

Theresa Pace, Army War College Public Affairs Office
VBS helps youths make new friends, learn lessons


Pre-school explorers hear a story during Vacation Bible School July 28. Vacation Bible School is one of the chapel's largest programs drawing more than 120 children. This year's theme was a rainforest adventure. Photo by Theresa Pace.

July 30, 2008 -- Trees, monkeys, butterflies and adventurous explorers participated in the chapel's Rainforest Adventure Vacation Bible School July 28-Aug. 1.

    Decorated to look like a rainforest complete with trees and animals, more than 120 kids and 75 volunteers showed up for this year's vacation bible school, said Laura Barko, Protestant Religious Education coordinator.

    Vacation bible school serves as a great way for the new War College students' children to meet and make new friends before they go back to school. The kids play with other kids their age during the week and carry those friendships over to school. The middle school, high school and college students also get the opportunity to meet while they are volunteering," said Barko.

    "It helps me to see new people and to meet people my age," said Erica Clayburn, a freshman at Harrisburg Area Community College.

         "There are so many new families joining the permanent party families for VBS," said Barko. "They are making new friends and having a great time."

    The program was complete with "Sky High storytelling," "Swing Vine Science," "Green Tree games" and "Canopy crafts."

    "Each craft, game and activities all follow that day's theme and bible story," said Jo Ellen Frist, the Catholic Religious Education Coordinator.

Father (Col.) Phil Mahalic sings with a puppet for the children at Vacation Bible School. Photo by Theresa Pace.  

    Ben Ulrich, 10, recalled one of his favorite things about the first day of vacation bible school was the "Swing Vine" science experiment. He explained how the class filled Ziploc bags with water and pierced the center of the bag with a sharp pencil. The bag did not leak.

    "We learned that God will be there to plug up the leaks," said Ulrich.

    Throughout the week the children also learned about taking care of his world. Each day the children learned a new way to take care of the environment. One day they decorated reusable grocery bags and another day the children brought in water bottles to recycle, said Frist.

    "We are attempting to impart to the children the idea that God is the creator, and he gave us stewardship over his earth," said Frist. "We need to take care of what he created."



New students begin USAWC year 

Lt. Col. Kurt Ryan, new USAWC student, talks with Caitlin Crofford, a summer hire working with DAA, during inprocessing July 30. Photo by Tori Hennigan.

July 30, 2008 -- More than 300 new U.S. Army War College students began their time at Carlisle Barracks becoming acclimated to their new surroundings at the AY09 Student Centralized Inprocessing held in Collins Hall July 28-31. During inprocessing, students met with representatives of almost every on-post organization to help them make a smooth transition. They were able to learn about the local schools from the school liaison office, make sure they were registered in the right TRICARE region through Dunham Clinic, and take care of the computer log-on through the DOIM, just to name a few.  

    "I'm really excited to being here, and am going to have a great year at Carlisle Barracks, with the academics and the whole social environment," said Lt. Col. David Isaacson, new USAWC student. His last duty assignment was at Ft. Bragg,  N.C.

    The Class of 2009 will officially kick off their school year Aug. 8 during the Opening Ceremony.

CDC children learn safety from Pvt. Pickle

Pvt. Pickle stopped by the Moore Child Development Center July 29 to teach the kids about safety. Photo by Doris Garland.


July 31, 2008 -- Pvt. Pickle and his assistant Julia Taylor from Heinz visited Carlisle Barracks' Moore Child Development Center July 29 to read and discuss safety and manners with the children.

    The kids were given recreational goody bags with a Pickle Puppet, crayons, stickers and an activity book.

    The children, wearing their pickle hats and blowing a pickle whistle, followed Pvt. Pickle to the commissary, remembering the safety rule to look both ways before crossing the street. At the commissary, the children found the shelves full of pickle jars, and then toured the produce aisle while learning about cucumbers and how they become pickles.

    The tour concluded with a sampling of different types of pickles.

Maj. Karen Fauber, Defense Commissary Agency
Five refreshing fruits to help you lose weight this summer

    Fresh fruit is low in calories and high in water, which means it helps fill you up without filling you out. Some fruits are also high in fiber, another bonus for those of us trying to win the weight battle. Here are five fruits you can find in your commissary to enjoy this summer – all at savings of 30 percent or more.

    Grapes contain vitamins C and K, calcium, along with more than 20 antioxidants found in the red, purple and black varieties. For a delicious treat, try freezing grapes and eating them with a little powdered sugar sprinkled on for color. Fifteen grapes have about 60 calories for those of us who are counting.

Look for papayas that have a ripe, yellow skin that yields to a little pressure. Along with being an excellent source of vitamins A and C, potassium and fiber, papayas are high in antioxidants. Eating papayas may help prevent heart disease and colon cancer. With an unripe papaya, try ripening it at home in a paper bag for a day or two. Add chunks of papaya to salads and salsa for a tropical treat.

Mangoes are high in vitamins A, C and B6, along with potassium. Rich in antioxidants, they are the most popular fruit in the world. With only 110 calories in one mango, you can eat a whole one for a snack without any guilt. Try adding some mango chunks to a salad, yogurt, cereal or salsa for a change.

    A true American treat, watermelon is full of water, and only 45 calories in one cup. What it does have is vitamins A, C and B6, along with potassium and the amino acid citrulline. Eating watermelon helps the heart and arteries work well due to the amino acids found in it, according to USDA studies. Watermelon is higher in lycopene, an antioxidant, than any other fruit or vegetable, including tomatoes. Try adding watermelon to a salad or a salsa for a refreshing treat.

Blueberries, strawberries, blackberries and raspberries are all high in vitamin C which helps the immune system. According to one major study, berries have been found to have the most antioxidants of any fruit. Both blueberries and strawberries have been found to be good for the mind and the memory. With only 80 calories in a cup, try adding them to cereal, yogurt, salad or salsa.

    Choosing fresh, frozen or canned fruit instead of high-calorie foods can help with weight loss. When choosing frozen or canned fruits, choose those packed in fruit juice or light syrup to save even more calories. Try a new fruit today while enjoying the variety available this summer at your commissary.

            For more information about fruits and other nutrition topics, go to and visit Ask the Dietitian where you can post your questions on the DeCA Dietitian Forum. Be sure to look for other useful information in the Dietitian's Voice archive. For refreshing summer recipes, check out Kay's Kitchen.


About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices – savings worth about $3,000 annually for a family of four. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America's military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.