Banner Archive for August 2009

Commissaries help promote 2009 Constitution Day Poster Contest

FORT LEE, Va. – The Defense Commissary Agency has joined several organizations to help promote the 2009 Constitution Day Poster Contest. Commissaries worldwide are displaying colorful posters that detail basic contest requirements, the submission deadline and the Web site,

    The poster contest is open to youth in grades K-12 (including homeschoolers) to celebrate Constitution Day, Sept. 17, by designing a poster showing how the entrant benefits from the freedoms embodied in the U.S. Constitution. Entries must be postmarked by Oct. 1. Details, resources and entry forms also are available at the GovDoc Kids Group wiki,

    Each winning student will receive two copies of his or her poster. Contest winners will be posted on the Gov Doc Kids Group wiki on Election Day, Nov. 4. The first 100 entrants will receive a copy of "The U.S. Constitution & Fascinating Facts About It" – a pocket size guide to the Constitution provided by

    Military children were among the participants in last year's Constitution Day Poster Contest, with winning posters coming from Kadena High School on Okinawa and the John O. Arnn Elementary School on Camp Zama, Japan, both DoD schools. The posters highlighted how youth view the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, voting rights and the need to preserve liberties.

    "I applaud what these groups are doing to raise awareness among our youth of the significance of the Constitution to who we are as a citizenry," said Philip E. Sakowitz Jr., DeCA director and CEO. "Our commissaries are honored to support this effort, and I encourage children and adults everywhere to take time out and learn more about this historic legal document."

     Constitution Day is observed nationally Sept. 17, on the very day that the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the Constitution in 1787. In 2004, the government established it as a federal observance and renamed it from Citizenship Day to Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. As a result, all publicly funded educational institutions are required to provide educational programming on the history of the U.S. Constitution on that day.

    Co-sponsors of the poster contest are the national GovDoc Kids Group; the Kansas Library Association's Government Documents Roundtable, also known as GODORT; the national American Library Association's GODORT Education Committee and

    The GovDoc Kids Group is comprised of librarians from the Johnson County Library, Overland Park, Kan.,  and  Muskingum College/Visiting Librarian Service, New Concord/New Philadelphia, Ohio, and staff from the National Archives—Central Plains – Kansas City, Mo.

    The project's objectives are: To promote government information in order to engage K-12 students in learning about history, culture, science and government through games and other interactive activities; to assist teachers and school librarians with locating teaching aids, lesson plans, and exciting tools to enhance students' learning; and to provide librarians with a collection of free government resources to advance their reference interview and collection development decisions.

    For more information, contact Government Documents Librarian Martha Childers, Johnson County Library, at (913) 495-2464.

 WHO:  Federally Employed Women (FEW): The Carlisle Chapter #256

 WHAT:  Recognition of Women's Equality Day Panel Discussion featuring three members of the Army War College Class of 2010

 WHEN:  Wednesday, August 26 from 12 to 1 p.m.

 WHERE:  Collins Hall's Cherbourg Room

 The Carlisle Chapter of Federally Employed Women will recognize Women's Equality Day with a panel discussion featuring three members of the USAWC Class of 2010.

      Colonel Marue R. Quick, U.S. Army

     Lieutenant Colonel Lorna M. Mahlock, U.S. Marine Corps

     Lieutenant Colonel Rachel A. McCaffrey, U.S. Air Force

These officers will share their experiences in today's theaters of operations—about 'women on the battlefield.'

The hour program includes the three officers' 15-min presentations, followed by 15 minutes of questions and answers.

This event is open to both men and women in the Carlisle Barracks Community.

 The Carlisle Chapter of FEW schedules programs monthly; scheduled to date--

      Friday, September 25:  Basket Bingo, Carlisle Elks Lodge, 120 W. Ridge Street, Carlisle; Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and bingo begins at 6 p.m.  Included are 20 games of bingo, a hot dinner, raffles and door prizes.  For tickets and information call 245-3154 or 3155.  Proceeds benefit the FEW Education Fund.

     Wednesday, October 72009 Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon:  "Breast Cancer and its Affect on the Family" 

           This luncheon event will be held at the Letort View Community Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Doors open at 11 a.m.  The event will feature guest speakers, information and displays, a silent auction and door prizes.  The proceeds from this program will benefit the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition.  For tickets and information call 245-3551 or 3154.

 To learn more about FEW, go to or for information on joining the Carlisle Chapter, contact Renee Mountz, 717-245-3551.

Staff Report
Scouts contribute to history at Army Heritage and Education Center, build fence

Life Scout Ben Fetter of Carlisle Barracks Troop 173 recently completed his Eagle Scout project at the Army Heritage & Education Center. Courtesy photo.  


Aug. 20, 2009 -- Life Scout Ben Fetter of Carlisle Barracks Troop 173 recently completed his Eagle Scout project at the Army Heritage & Education Center (AHEC).

    Ben’s project consisted of construction of the Frontier Garden & Waddle Fence working under the guidance of John Kurash and Victor Elliot both employees at AHEC, and Troop 173 leaders Rusty Breitenbach and Ben’s father Mark Fetter.

    Ben’s project was completed in two days and included planting a Frontier Garden to better demonstrate the way people grew vegetables in the 1740/1780 timeframe. One of the tasks of Ben’s project was to cut down small hickory trees and limbs for wood to be used in the waddle fence and for the fence posts. 

    All of the hickory wood for his project was donated from Bill Dodd’s farm, a supportive friend to Troop 173. The construction of the new waddle fence and planting of the garden provides educational insight about the manner in which vegetables were grown during the time period of 1740/1780. 

    Moreover, the fence and garden demonstrates how people during that time used fences to keep small animals out of their garden. Fellow scouts and friends of Ben Fetter assisted him on one or both days during the many phases of this project.

    Removing the hickory trees from the woods and trimming the limbs to fill two truckloads of wood was one of the more difficult tasks. Hickory posts were dug into the ground two feet every two feet apart and over 50 posts were used in this garden and then weave over 100 hickory limbs between the posts. Workers had to remove the weeds from dig rows to plant over a dozen different types of garden vegetables that will be harvested this fall.

    For more information on scouting or Boy Scout Troop 173,

 An experienced leader and the first female U.S. Military Academy graduate to be promoted to General Officer, retired Brig. Gen. Rebecca Halstead drew many conclusions about military women and combat while commanding the 3rd Corps Support Command in the Iraq Theater.  

Halstead will be the Army War College and Carlisle Barracks special guest speaker at the Women's Equality Day luncheon Tuesday, Aug. 25 at 11:45 a.m. at the Letort View Community Center.  Halstead's comments are intended for men and women both who have a stake or interest in the dynamics of women in uniform today.   

The Women's Equality Day event includes a no-fee luncheon menu of chicken Caesar salad, courtesy of the USAWC Foundation.  Seating is limited.   Early RSVPs are called for – no later than  Thursday, Aug. 20. RSVP to  

Hosting Equal Opportunity representatives noted Halstead's reputation as a candid and dynamic speaker.

"This first, wonderful event for the year will be special – an opportunity to learn from General Halstead's experience and an opportunity for the civilian and military members of the community to mingle," said Donna Strickland, the post's new Equal Employment Opportunity officer.

Strickland has worked in equal opportunity offices since 1992 and brings to Carlisle Barracks a fresh perspective based on experiences at multiple bases:   Navy, Air Force and Army.   Noting the joint character of the Army War College she considers this posting a great environment.  

"In a purple-suit world, a broad knowledge of the services will help me bring fresh perspectives," said Strickland, whose office is in Anne Ely Hall, 46 Ashburn Drive. The EEO officer's role is to oversee and monitor compliance with EEO policies, practices and procedures – and to administer a customer-focused program. Contact her at 245-3950.



Gerry J. Gilmore, American Forces Press Service

Quick hire of military spouses starts in September


WASHINGTON, Aug. 14, 2009 – Under a personnel rule that takes effect next month, some military spouses could be quickly hired for federal jobs without going through the usual competitive process.


    The new hiring authority takes effect Sept. 11. The Office of Personal Management issued the authority’s final regulatory guidelines Aug. 12. The guidelines are posted in the Federal Register under the title: “Noncompetitive Appointment of Certain Military Spouses.”


    The intended effect of the rule, according to documents listed in the Federal Register, “is to facilitate the entry of military spouses into the federal civil service as part of an effort to recruit and retain skilled and experienced members of the armed forces and to recognize and honor the service of members injured, disabled, or killed in connection with their service.”


    “Military spouse employment is a key to the quality of life of our military families,” Kathleen Ott, director of talent acquisition, development and management in the Office of the Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Civilian Personnel Policy, said yesterday during an interview with Pentagon Channel and American Forces Press Service reporters.


    The availability of jobs for military spouses contributes to the sustainment of the all-volunteer force, Ott said, citing a recent survey in which employed military spouses reported that their work income constitutes about 48 percent of total family income.


    “But, it’s really hard to keep a job if you have to move from station to station,” Ott said. Federal employment, she said, offers military spouses a portable career with transferable benefits and worldwide presence.


    “We thought, in order to help our military spouses continue their employment, it would be a good thing for us to facilitate their entry into the federal government,” she said.


    Eligible individuals, Ott said, include spouses of active-duty servicemembers who have been called on to relocate. This includes spouses of Guardsmen or reservists who’ve been called up for more than 180 days of active service other than training. Eligible spouses must be moving to another duty station accompanied by their servicemember husband or wife.


    Spouses of former servicemembers listed as 100-percent disabled and separated or retired, as well as widows or widowers of servicemembers who died on active duty and who have not remarried also are eligible.


    The new hiring authority does not constitute a hiring preference for eligible military spouses, according to OPM. “This authority is a noncompetitive hiring mechanism; it does not establish or constitute a hiring preference for eligible spouses, nor does it create an entitlement to a federal job for an eligible spouse,” according to regulatory documents listed in the Federal Register.


    Applicants still must meet specific job-qualification criteria listed for individual positions, according to OPM documents.


    “This is not a preference. We firmly believe that our spouses can compete on their own merits,” Ott said, noting that the new hiring rules provide military spouses with “a streamlined, facilitated means of obtaining federal employment.”


    Use of the new hiring authority “is completely at the discretion of hiring agencies,” according to OPM documents, and “it is one of many hiring tools agencies may use to recruit needed individuals.”


    Spouses who complete three years of continuous satisfactory service will be converted from a career-conditional appointment to career appointment, Ott said.


    Personnel officials do not anticipate that the new military-spouse hiring authority would adversely affect the hiring of military veterans into the federal government, Ott said.


    Military spouses can find out about federal job opportunities through OPM’s USAJobs Web site, Ott said.


    The new hiring authority “sends a very important message to our military families that their sacrifice is recognized by the federal government, and that they recognize that having a career opportunity is really critical for their family’s well being,” said Barbara Thompson, director of the Pentagon’s Office of Family Policy/Children and Youth.


   More than 77 percent of military spouses have indicated in surveys that they are interested in establishing careers, Thompson said. Other data, she added, indicates that military spouses are, overall, more highly educated than their civilian counterparts.

Aug. 14, 2009 -- On Thursday, August 27, Carlisle Barracks will host its 21st  annual Job Fair at the Letort View Community Center here from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is open to the public. The LVCC is located at 313 Lovell Avenue.

   More than 40 employers are expected to attend, so job seekers should come with a resume and dressed for success.  

Employers interested in showcasing their career opportunities, call 717-245-3684 or 3685 before Aug. 25.

Job seekers mark your calendars.  You will have a chance to network with Central Pennsylvania businesses in all fields and learn how they may be able to help you reach your professional goals.

  The Job Fair is presented by the Carlisle Barracks Army Community Services and the Employment Readiness Program.

Individuals who do not have a current Carlisle Barracks decal on their vehicle will enter Post from the Claremont Road vehicle access center.  Drivers are required to show a drivers license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance; passengers are required to show photo identification.

Once on the grounds of Carlisle Barracks, motorists should follow the event signs for parking.

For more information, call Jeff Hanks or Donna Jones at 717-245-3684/3685 or 4357.

Greg Welker, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Open house draws crowd 

The Directorate of Emergency Services held an open house on Aug. 12 for post residents and their families. Visitors could sit in the fire truck, learn fire safety and more during the event. Photo by Greg Welker.

Aug. 12, 2009 -- Carlisle Barracks residents and employees got to see first-hand the people and equipment that help keep them safe during the emergency services open house Aug. 12.

    "It allows the community to meet all of us and interact with the equipment that we use," said Dennis Ing, firehouse station chief. "It's great to see people here every year because it changes every year; there's always something different."

    Visitors were treated to free drinks and hot dogs as well as visit from McGruff the Crime Dog and Sparky the Fire Dog for pictures. The police also brought K-9 Rosie, their police dog, to the open house. As the firemen and policemen were showing some of their equipment to the visitors, they allowed them to try on fire gear and swing a bat at the protective gear of the police. There was a moon bounce that the smaller children could play in.

    "I really liked it," said Maria Cuccia. "My favorite part was getting stuff, but I really like trying on the mask."

    "It was nice and really cool," said Joey Mickley. "I got to try out everything I could that was here."

    The firemen set up a fire hose to shoot at a fake fire so the kids, and some of the adults, could feel what it was like to put out a fire. The police officers had a special robot that they use for dangerous situations on display. Some of the kids chased it around as one of the officers maneuvered it around the grass.

    "It's really nice," explained Sharon Spahr. "It's really good for the kids. They really love getting to sit in the trucks."

Greg Welker, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Carlisle Barracks youths college awarded scholarships

Justin Bourque accepts his $1,000 college scholarship from Heidi Puente, Balfour Beatty Community manager, as Lt. Col. Janet Holliday, garrison commander, looks on.  Also pictured are his parents, Kimberly and Col. Alan Bourque. Photo by Greg Welker.

Aug. 14, 2009 -- Two local students were awarded college scholarships in a national competition sponsored by Balfour Beatty Communities in an award ceremony today.

    "This year we received 52 applications; 31 Army, 15 Air Force, and 6 Navy. A total of $27,500 was given out to 17 winners, two here at Carlisle," said Heidi Puente, Balfour Beatty Community manager.

    Justin Bourque, who attends the University of Notre Dame; son of Kimberly and Col. Alan Bourque, and Rebecca Fetter, a senior at the University of Pittsburgh Johnstown; daughter of Christine and Lt. Col. Mark Fetter.

    Each awarded $1,000 scholarships.

   "I would like to thank everybody for this," said Bourque. "This scholarship really means a lot to me."

   "The timing is very supportive of her educational requirements and her financial obligations," said Fetter of his daughter who will receive her scholarship Aug. 18.

Brooks E. Kleber Memorial Readings in Military History Aug. 27

"Pentagon 9/11"

Dr. Sarandis Papadopoulos

Historian, U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command

    The 9/11 attack on the Pentagon is the second-worst terrorist strike in U.S. history. The authors of Pentagon 9/11 drew upon over 1,300 oral history interviews, as well as a plethora of published and unpublished sources, to craft the first book detailing the impact of this disastrous event. Highlighting the devastating the airliner crash, the efforts of building occupants to save one another, the emergency response of firefighters, police and medical staffs, and the building operations personnel, the book concludes with a description of the work of the Pentagon Family Assistance Center. Dr. Papadopoulos, a principal co-author of this work, will present the main themes of the book illustrated with pictures derived from its research, and employ some of the more vivid segments to illustrate what transpired at that momentous time.

    Sarandis (Randy) Papadopoulos earned his B.A. at the University of Toronto, M.A. from the University of Alabama, and received his Ph.D. from the George Washington University. At GWU his dissertation was entitled Feeding the Sharks: The Logistics of Undersea Warfare, 1935-1945, a work comparing the German and U.S. submarine services. Between 1999 and 2007 he has been a Lecturer in History at the George Washington University and the University of Maryland, College Park. He joined the Contemporary History Branch, of the U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command, in June 2000. There he has served as a principal co-author of Pentagon, 9/11, written under the sponsorship of the Historian, Office of the Secretary of Defense. Also a co-author contributing to a project examining combined naval operations since 1991, Papadopoulos has entries in several reference works and ten book reviews for a variety of journals, is the Region III Coordinator for the Society for Military History and a Trustee of the U.S. Commission of Military History.

DATE:  Thursday, August 27, 2009

TIME:  The doors open at 6:45 p.m. the talk begins at 7:15 p.m.

PLACE:  Ridgway Hall, Carlisle Barracks, PA.

For more information, please call (717) 245-3803.

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


Sgt. Maj. Pleasant Lindsey III

Educated Soldiers win wars, TRADOC tells educators

 ATLANTA (TRADOC News Service) -- "The side that has the smartest the side that wins war."
    Command Sgt. Maj. David M. Bruner of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command issued those remarks during the DoD Worldwide Education Symposium 2009 recently at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Atlanta, Ga.
    The symposium brought together senior military leaders, military educators and college, university, and financial aid representatives to highlight military education opportunities.
    George Sweet, DoD Relations, University of Maryland University College (UMUC), said the symposium gave senior military leaders the chance to see a cross section of education opportunities for servicemen and women.
    "You feel a positive impact of helping servicemembers when you see them graduate," Sweet said.
    TRADOC charts the training course for all Soldiers in the Army.
    Bruner explained to the symposium's attendees how Soldiers who enter today's Army learn about the College of the American Soldier where they can enroll with partner colleges to earn an associates or bachelors degree while on active duty.
    The Army Career Tracker, Bruner said, will allow leaders to monitor their Soldiers' education progression from anywhere in the world. ACT will help Soldiers monitor education, professional and training progression on one easily accessible site, he said, whether at home, in garrison or deployed.
    Soldiers' education opportunities are not limited to the civilian sector. Through TRADOC, the Army provides military education and training opportunities for Soldiers throughout their careers.
    TRADOC's training units create learning opportunities to expand the NCO Corps' intellectual capabilities. One example is the emphasis on writing and communications skills at Fort Rucker's Advanced NCO Course and Basic NCO Course.
    NCO's launch NCO Net and Aviation Net sites to respond to articles. Fort Rucker will also offer a writing award to solicit articles for professional publications. TRADOC is revamping military education and improving leadership roles for NCO's.
    Again, this is just one example of the training opportunities in the field. There are good-news stories at other sites, too, Bruner said:
    BNCOC transitioned into the Advanced Leaders Course, or ALC, and ANCOC transitioned to the Senior Leaders Course, or SLC, to help develop broadly skilled, adaptive leaders.
    ALC and SLC include competencies NCO's will need to mentor and lead Soldiers in squads, platoons and companies, Bruner said. These include financial management, supervising maintenance and training, conducting military briefings and learning the Army Writing Style.
     The next step is to transition common NCO corps courses to Web-based learning, a technique established this year with the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy class 60.
    TRADOC is expanding leadership opportunities as well, Bruner said. Command Sgt. Maj. Teresa King will take over as commandant of the U.S. Army Drill Sergeant School. She is the first female to hold this position.
    "There needs to be opportunities for everyone," Bruner said. "She will ensure drill sergeants embody the Army's standards and instill those standards in new recruits."
    TRADOC is instituting the Advanced Individual Training Platoon Sergeant Competition to ensure AIT platoon sergeants are recognized for the training, guidance and mentorship they give new recruits. The competition will include scripted situations the platoon sergeants will have to think through and demonstrate their proficiency to make correct, proper decisions affecting their Soldiers.


  Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office

Opening ceremony kicks off year for class of '10

The Opening Ceremony for the Army War College Class of 2010 took place Aug. 7 on Indian Field and featured performances by the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry Regiments (The Old Guard) Fife and Drum Corps, the U.S. Army Drill Team and the U.S. Army Band (Pershing's Own) and a Pass and Review, and Retreat ceremony during the hour-long event. Photo by Lizzie Poster.


Aug. 7, 2009 -- The Army War College year for the 340-member Class of 2010 officially kicked off today as the opening ceremonies were held on Indian Field.

    With the formal opening ceremony, the students begin a 10-month curriculum which prepares them to assume strategic leadership responsibilities in the joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational environment. 

    "I'm hoping to get a greater understanding of joint forces in a strategic environment,” said Lt. Col. Carla Campbell, student. “I want to better understand how the U.S. military takes all the pieces of the policy puzzle and makes them fit together in hope to achieve peace."

    The class includes officers from all military branches, both active and reserve, 27 government civilians and 50 foreign officers.

    "This is a great opportunity for myself and my classmates to learn from not only each other, representing different services, but also from our international partners,” said Navy Cmdr. Tim Riegle, student. “"I hope to professionally enhance my knowledge, think more strategically, and build working relationships for the future."

    The event featured performances by the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry Regiments (The Old Guard) Fife and Drum Corps, the U.S. Army Drill Team and the U.S. Army Band (Pershing's Own) and a Pass and Review, and Retreat ceremony during the hour-long event

     The Class of 2010 will be in residence from August 2009 through graduation on June 12, 2010, when the students earn a USAWC diploma and Master of Strategic Studies degree. 

     The U.S. Army War College Class of 2010 consists of 340 students, which include 199 Army (includes Reserve and Guard); 32 Air Force (includes Reserve and Guard); 14 Navy; 17 Marines (includes Reserve); and one Coast Guard Officer.  
     Twenty-seven civilians from the Department of the Army, the Defense Senior Leader Development Program, Department of State, National Security Agency, and Department of Homeland Security, are also in attendance, as well as 50 International Fellows, foreign officers from Albania, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, El Salvador, Finland, Georgia, Germany, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mali, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan (2), Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Republic of Congo, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom and Yemen.


Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
APFRI Health Day focuses on extending your life

Aug. 5, 2009-   Good health in the future starts with prevention today. That was the message of this year's Army Physical Fitness Research Institute Health day, held Aug.5 in Bliss Hall.   

    Health Day is the first entry in a year-long series of educational programs for the joint, interagency and international student body. APFRI links education about health and well-being with leader readiness. Presentations included world-class speakers addressing the latest findings in health promotion and risk factor reduction research. Health Day was open to USAWC students, staff and faculty and their families.

   The keynote speaker was Dr. Richard Flanagan, a clinical cardiologist for the Health and Science Center of the University of Colorado. 

    Flanagan spoke to the class about how to live to 100. He identified the top 10 factors for increasing longevity.

·         Low cholesterol/High HDL—the goal is 150/50

·         Low blood pressure – 115-120/ 75-80

·         Don't' use tobacco – it's estimates that each cigarette takes seven minutes off of your life

·         Incorporate fish, fruit, and vegetables into your diet. Mediterranean diets are high in all.

·         Exercise

·         Control your weight – The average American at 45 is 25 pounds overweight, they gain an average of 1 pound per year during the holidays

·         Use seatbelts

·         Limit alcohol consumption

·         Take aspirin – men should take 2 baby aspirin per day, women should take one

·         Take a multivitamin

   "With changes in your lifestyle you can see real changes in your longevity," he said.

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

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

APFRI programs

   During Health Day Williams also outlined the APFRI Senior Leader Health and Fitness programs, which include the student assessments.  The assessments involve the following:

  • Blood tests
  • Blood pressure and heart rate tests
  • Army tape tests
  • Body fat percentage measured by the body composition chamber
  • Sit & reach tests
  • Leg strength tests
  • Stationary bike tests
  • Nutritional intake tests

    At the outbrief station, the results from each of the assessment stations are compiled and reviewed by an APFRI health care provider. The outbriefer identified individual's strengths and areas where they could improve. Each student receives their results and educational materials to reinforce the importance of their assessment results in terms of cardiovascular disease.

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.  


Army Physical Fitness Research Institute Annex opens at the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy

Aug. 11, 2009 -- Today, the sergeant major of the Army will signal the new phase of health and fitness education at the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA) with a ribbon cutting for the USASMA Army Physical Fitness Research Institute (APFRI) Annex - the day after the official opening of Sergeants Major Course class 60. The APFRI program is a critical leader-development program contributing to individual leader development and sustainment, and reinforces the individual leaders' awareness of the complex interaction of leadership, health and fitness for themselves and those they lead. The Commandants of the Army War College (USAWC) and Sergeants Major Academy are co-hosting the ceremony, marking the fact that our senior enlisted leaders studying at USASMA now have access to senior leader health and fitness assessments and educational programs that have long been the hallmark of the Army War College education for senior officers. This annex opened as a result of the Year of the NCO year-long initiative.

Why is it important to the Army?

The Army recognizes that more and more leaders attending Army schools have multiple combat zone deployments. The APFRI program is proven to save lives, and participants report it enhances their ability, as leaders, to shape their units' health and fitness. The program allows the senior leadership to have the capability to target intervention programs that can sustain the performance of leaders and provide them with the opportunity to maintain optimum health and readiness across their life spans.

What has the Army done?

The initiative takes the Army War College's valued program and significantly expands its scope of responsibility to include other senior leaders in the Army. For 26 years, the APFRI program at the Army War College has dramatically improved USAWC students' hardiness and resiliency through aggressive assessments, interventions and follow-up programs. APFRI's multidisciplinary staff includes dietitians, exercise physiologists, nurse practitioners, physical therapists, clinical psychologists, organizational behavior and administrative staff.

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

Further expansion to other Army leader schools will optimize the link between leadership and education. Teaching Army leaders to recognize physical, mental and emotional factors in resiliency will contribute to comprehensive fitness, health and leadership. Army senior leadership supports APFRI's expanded professional development program to provide fitness and health assessments, identify leaders at risk for cardiovascular disease, provide effective interventions and gauge leader readiness for worldwide deployment in the contemporary operating environment.

Video: Army War College students discuss their APFRI program experience

Video:  APFRI program educating NCO leaders at the Sergeants Major Academy




Military Family Program calendar

    More than half our Army is married, with more than a half-million spouses and 700,000 children, each one a precious gift who represents our future. Army Families help each other. They depend on each other, but in an era of persistent conflict the challenge grows with each deployment.
     The Army recognizes the challenge, listens to Families and is taking action. Secretary of the Army Pete Geren, Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey, Jr., and Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth Preston signed a covenant with Army Families.
    The U.S. Army War College Military Family Program contributes to this ongoing commitment with three major objectives.

  • Develop the physical, emotional, social, spiritual, and intellectual well being of the individual as a member of the Family.
  • Reinforce relationships between military Family issues and readiness.
  • Prepare students and spouses for roles as senior leaders in developing and implementing personal, unit, and community Family programs.
  • For more information call 245- 4787 or visit the Community Calendar at


August 2009

5                                              Military Family Program Brief

6                                              County Fair

7                                              Spouse Welcome/Video

25                                            Myers-Briggs Type Indicator for Families (Vol-Evening)

26                                            OSC Sign-up


September 2009

1                                              Facilitating, Leadership, and Group Skills Organizational Meeting (Vol-Spouses)

14                                            Dress for Success (Vol-NTL)

October 2009

13                                            Needs Assesment/Spouse Project (Vol-Spouses)

November 2009

2                                              Caring for Aging Parents, Part I (Vol-Spouses)

9                                              AER Update (Vol-NTL)

16                                            College Financing Panel (Vol-NTL)

23                                            College Planning (Vol-NTL)

December 2009

7                                              Personal Affairs/Survivor Benefits (Vol-NTL)

14                                            Financial Planning Building Block Approach (Vol-NTL)

January 2010

5                                              Income Tax Preparation (Vol-NTL)

11                                            Long-Term Career and Budget Planning (Vol-NTL)

11-14                                       Army family Team Building Senior Spouse Leadership Seminar (Vol-Spouses)

19                                            Developing a Plan for Investments (Vol-NTL)

25                                            Financial Mgt: Insurance, Retirment, and Estate Planning        (Vol-NTL)

25-29                                       Facilitating, Leadership, and Group Skills Workshop                (Vol-Spouses)

February 2010

1                                              Marketing Yourself 2nd Career (Vol-NTL)

8                                              Real Estate Workshop (Vol-NTL)

16                                            Protocol Workshop (Vol-Spouses)

March 2010

1                                              Caring for Aging Parents (Part II) (Vol-NTL)

8                                              Parent Education Workshop (Vol-Spouses)

15                                            Kirton Adaption-Innovation Inventory (Vol-Spouses)

22-26                                       Facilitating, Leadership, and Group Skills Workshop                (Vol-Spouses)

29                                            Senior Spouse Panel (Vol-Spouses)

April 2010

12                                            Family Readiness Group Symposium (Vol-Spouses)

19                                            Advanced Facilitating, Leadership, and Group Skills Workshop (Vol-Spouses)

26                                            Spouse Public Speaking (Vol-Spouses)

26                                            National Military Family Association (Vol-Spouses)

May 2010

3                                              Grief and Trauma (Vol-Spouses)


Kelly Schloesser, Army War College Public Affairs
Carlisle Barracks construction moves forward

Work continues at the  Claremont entrance to Carlisle Barracks.

August 4, 2009 – Major improvements are currently underway at the Vehicle Access Control site for the Claremont entrance to Carlisle Barracks. The new road was paved in July and crews are erecting the checkpoint frame.

     The new road plan is designed to enhance traffic flow on Claremont, eliminate confusion for visitors, and increase efficiency. The horseshoe-shaped access road is set back deeper than the current VAC access road, closer to the railroad tracks, with room for more cars awaiting security checks.

    Unlike the current site, all vehicles will travel the same route. Trucks will be inspected without driving through a second loop. Cars with decals will enter post as they do now after the first checkpoint. Cars without decals can either continue on to the Barracks Crossing Vehicle Registration or to the Search Office, where they can obtain a visitors pass. 

   The new VAC site is a part of the $1.5 million project awarded to Odyssey International, Inc. of Lancaster, PA.


    Construction crews continue to work on Marshall Ridge Phase II housing.  These homes for permanent party families began construction this summer and are scheduled to be completed in late 2009. The 22 single-family and 12 duplex homes will replace the 1960's era duplex homes demolished last fall. The homes are being added from east to west along Marshall Road with the first homes scheduled for completion in October, according to Tom Kelly, director of Public Works.  

     Similar to the Marshall Ridge Phase I houses - completed in the fall of 2008 – these homes will feature 2,000 square-feet of living space, fully equipped kitchens, utility rooms, patio areas, and two-car garages. 

    The first phase of the Heritage Heights housing area was completed this July in time for the families of the 2010 Army War College class to move in.  The modern duplexes replaced the old College Arms "Smurf" housing.  The new homes feature three or four bedrooms, 2,000 square-feet, fully equipped kitchens, utility rooms, patio areas, and two-car garages.

    The new housing is a part of a $65 million, five-year project with partners Balfour Beatty Communities that will bring a total of 128 new homes and will include renovation of the remaining historic homes on the Barracks. Currently, more than 90 homes have been completed with the additions of The Meadows, Marshall Ridge Phase I, and Heritage Heights Phase 1.


Recruiting company, AHEC team up for National Army Interactive Exhibits

Two Army Packbots will be on display Aug. 18 and 19 at the Army Heritage and Education Center for team obstacle course.  Participants will race Packbots through mini obstacle course.

 Two National Army interactive exhibits will be located at the Army Heritage and Education Center, 900 Soldiers Dr. Carlisle on Aug. 18 and 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

     The two exhibits; a Robotics exhibit which will allow participants to operate and race Army Packbots through a mini obstacle course, and an Aviation simulator, which includes two motion simulators, featuring an Apache helicopter flight training simulator, will be coupled with other Army equipment to highlight some of the Army's technologies.  

     "I am really looking forward to the Aviation simulator," said Capt. Bill Hammac an Army pilot and commander of the Carlisle recruiting company, "I can address any questions someone might have about Army Aviation.  I love flying and where else can you receive free training and get paid to do what you love."    

      Some exhibits will require the participants to be at least 48 inches tall, minimum weight of 100 lbs and at least 16 years of age.  Visitors of all ages will enjoy watching or participating in the days activities.

     John Giblin, Director of Visitor and Education Services at the US Army Heritage and Education said, "The Center is pleased to act as host for these Army exhibits.  To enhance this Army experience we will be offering tours through the Heritage Center and our Army Heritage Trail will be open for the public to explore at their leisure throughout the day."

TRADOC This Week

Inside TRADOC This Week:

- Comprehensive Soldier Fitness: Army leaders see program as way to build Soldiers' resiliency

- Army looks to refine initial officer training

- Enterprise Task Force engages business leaders

- Army adding at least 22K soldiers for 3 years

- Fort Benning Soldiers evaluate redesigned butt stock

- Chief of Staff previews new Army program aimed at combating stress

Best practices for Army social media  

Aug. 6, 2009 -- The Internet has changed the way we communicate. Increasingly, individuals are looking to the web as their primary source of news and information. As an Army, we have an obligation to tell our story in the spaces and places where our community is already engaging.

    Social Media Best Practices (Tactics, Techniques, Procedures) outlines basic best practices guidelines to consider when choosing to implement social media strategies as a part of our public affairs mission. This is by no means a comprehensive break-down, and we encourage you to look to the Web for more resources and information about engaging in the social media sphere.


Carlisle Barracks parking lot to close

The parking lot adjacent to Armstrong Hall and the Army Physical Fitness Research Institute (Buildings 314 & 315) will be closed August 8 and 9 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. for Motorcycle Safety Training.

Army Substance Abuse Program
Methamphetamine clandestine laboratory: Identification and hazards

What is a methamphetamine laboratory?
    A methamphetamine laboratory is an illicit operation that has the apparatus and chemicals needed to produce the powerful stimulant methamphetamine. These laboratories vary dramatically in size and output. Large laboratories, known as super labs, produce 10 pounds or more of the drug per production cycle. Much smaller laboratories sometimes called box labs produce as little as an ounce or less of the drug and are small enough to fit in a box or backpack.


How common are they?
    Methamphetamine laboratories are increasingly prevalent throughout the United States. In 2002 more than 7,500 laboratories were seized in 44 states, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) El Paso Intelligence Center National Clandestine Laboratory Seizure System. While methamphetamine production remains most common in the western portion of the United States particularly California seizures of methamphetamine laboratories in the west central part of the country have become more commonplace.

Where are methamphetamine laboratories found?
    Methamphetamine laboratories may be located virtually anywhere. Laboratories have been found in secluded rural areas as well as in residential, commercial, and industrial districts. Law enforcement officers have seized laboratories at private residences, commercial properties, hotels and motels, and outdoor locations. Mobile laboratories have been discovered in automobiles, boats, and luggage.

What are the signs that a methamphetamine laboratory may be present?
The following often in combination, may indicate the presence of a methamphetamine laboratory:
      -Unusual odors (ether, ammonia, acetone, or other chemicals)
      -Excessive amounts of trash, particularly chemical containers, coffee filters or pieces of cloth that are stained red, and duct tape rolls.
      -Curtains always drawn or windows covered with aluminum foil or blackened on residences, garages, sheds, or other structures.
      -Evidence of chemical waste or dumping.
      -Frequent visitors, particularly at unusual times.
      -Extensive security measures or attempts to ensure privacy (no trespassing or beware of dog signs, fences, large trees or shrubs).
      -Secretive or unfriendly occupants.

What hazards are associated with them?
The chemicals used to produce methamphetamine are extremely hazardous. Some are highly volatile and may ignite or explode if mixed or stored improperly. Fire and explosion pose risks not only to the individuals producing the drug but also to anyone in the surrounding area, including children, neighbors, and passersby.
    Even when a fire or explosion does not occur, methamphetamine production is dangerous. Simply being exposed to the toxic chemicals used to produce the drug poses a variety of health risks, including intoxication, dizziness, nausea, disorientation, lack of coordination, pulmonary edema, serious respiratory problems, severe chemical burns, and damage to internal organs.
    Inhalation. Inhaling chemical vapors and gases resulting from methamphetamine production causes shortness of breath, cough, and chest pain. Exposure to these vapors and gases may also cause intoxication, dizziness, nausea, disorientation, lack of coordination, pulmonary edema, chemical pneumonitis, and other serious respiratory problems when absorbed into the body through the lungs.
    Skin contact. The chemicals used to produce methamphetamine may cause serious burns if they come into contact with the skin. 
    Ingestion. Toxic chemicals can be ingested either by consuming contaminated food or beverages or by inadvertently consuming the chemicals directly. (Young children present at laboratory sites are at particular risk of ingesting chemicals.) Ingesting toxic chemicals or methamphetamine itself may result in potentially fatal poisoning, internal chemical burns, damage to organ function, and harm to neurological and immunologic functioning.

    In addition, methamphetamine production threatens the environment. The average methamphetamine laboratory produces 5 to 7 pounds of toxic waste for every pound of methamphetamine produced. Operators often dispose of this waste improperly, simply by dumping it near the laboratory. This can cause contamination of the soil and nearby water supplies.

What can I do? 
    If you suspect someone in your neighborhood is operating a methamphetamine laboratory, report your concerns to the local police department or sheriff's office immediately. For your own safety, do not investigate the suspected laboratory or confront the occupants. In addition to the hazards discussed above, many laboratories are equipped with security devices or booby traps that could cause serious injuries or death.

    For more information on illicit drugs, check out the following web site For additional information or to schedule substance abuse training, contact the Army Substance Abuse Prevention Office at 245 – 4576.

Suzanne Reynolds, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Carlisle Barracks to welcome Army War College Class of 2010


Members of the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry Regiment "The Old Guard" Fife and Drum Corps perform on Indian Field during the opening ceremony for the USAWC Class of 2009. This years event will be held on Aug. 7 at 5 p.m. on Indian Field. file photo.

Aug. 3, 2009 -- The Opening Ceremony for the Army War College Class of 2010 is scheduled to take place Friday, Aug. 7 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 2010 consists of 340 students, which include 199 Army (includes Reserve and Guard); 32 Air Force (includes Reserve and Guard); 14 Navy; 17 Marines (includes Reserve); and one Coast Guard Officer. 

     Twenty-seven civilians from the Department of the Army, the Defense Senior Leader Development Program, Department of State, National Security Agency, and Department of Homeland Security, are also in attendance, as well as 50 International Fellows, foreign officers from Albania, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, El Salvador, Finland, Georgia, Germany, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mali, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan (2), Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Republic of Congo, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom and Yemen.

     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 32 percent in Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan).

     Twenty-four 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 2010 will be in residence from August 2009 through graduation on June 12, 2010, 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.

Activities scheduled for children, teens for Aug. 7 evening

Post-wide activities will extend into the evening for Carlisle Barracks youth,  Friday, Aug. 7.

  • Extended hours have been scheduled at Youth Services and the Child Development Center.  
  • To make reservations for child care at the CDC, call 245-3701. You may drop off your child at 4:30 p.m. and must pick up your child by 9 p.m. There will be no fee charged for children of parents attending the Commandant's Reception for the period of time from 4:30 to 9 p.m.
  • The Youth Center will be open until 9 p.m. for children with reservations; call 245-3801 to make reservations. Children may be dropped off as early as 4:30 p.m. and picked up no later than 9 p.m.
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  • Pool hours will be extended until 9 p.m., Friday.
  • AAFES' Reynolds Movie Theater will offer the PG-rated movie, "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,"  Friday at 7:30 p.m.  The originally-scheduled movie will air Saturday at 7:30 p.m.:  Public Enemies (rated R).   For details and trailer, see


Carroll Kim, TRADOC News Service

TRADOC leaders invite conference participation through social media


August 3, 2009 — The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command will host its semi-annual TRADOC Senior Leaders Conference (TSLC) in Gettysburg, Pa. from Aug. 18 to 20, but you don’t have to be general officer to get a front-row seat.

    TRADOC has invited writers from Small Wars Journal ( and The National Journal to bring the discussion to your computer.

    Titled “Next Battles”, TRADOC leaders will discuss what changes are going on within the organization to prepare Soldiers for what lies ahead.

    The Small Wars Journal will reserve space on their Web site to provide up-to-the-minute blog updates during sessions where readers can participate in dialogue on a discussion board.

    Traditionally, TSLC has been reserved for promotable colonels and higher ranking officers. This will be the first TSLC covered by outside media in conjunction to internal public affairs.

    TRADOC is the Army’s proponent for Soldier education, concept development, and doctrine development.


Carlisle community to welcome Class of 2010

Aug. 3, 2009 -- Carlisle’s Welcome Jam will offer a warm welcome to the new students and families of the Army War College, Friday, Aug. 14, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the former Carlisle Farmers’ Market at 117 N. Hanover Street.  

     A cookout and entertainment for children create a popular, first opportunity to mingle with and meet community members.  The popular event orients new military families to Downtown Carlisle, thanks to the sponsorship provided by the Downtown Carlisle Association, Greater Carlisle Area Chamber of Commerce, Borough of Carlisle and Carlisle Barracks.

Free concert part of event

“The Volunteers,” the Army’s premier touring show band, will entertain the public from 7:30 – 9 p.m., with family-oriented music ranging from rock ‘n’ roll, country, jazz, and patriotic music, presented with energy and inspiration. The Volunteers are the feature presentation of the Concert on the Square.


County Fair scheduled for Aug. 6

    Newcomers--are you interested in learning more about activities available at Youth Services or the Post Chapel, or how about restaurants and retail stores in the Carlisle area.

  Well then, mark your calendars for August 6 to attend the Carlisle Barracks County Fair.

  Army War College Class of 2010 students and families, and newcomers to Carlisle Barracks, the Fair is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will feature over 150 organizations ready to welcome you and provide information on their services.

  The County Fair is composed of three distinct components.  Uptown (located in Thorpe Hall Gym) will feature Community support activities; Downtown (located in the Letort View Community Center) will feature Carlisle-area businesses and organizations; and Midtown (located in the Fest Tent near Thorpe Hall) will feature Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation activities.

  Newcomers can sign up for exercise classes and ballroom dancing, as well as services such as telephone, TV cable and newspaper delivery. 

  The Fair provides you and your family with a wealth of information making your transition to Carlisle much easier. 

  Parking limited at various locations

  The parking lot adjacent to Buildings 314 and 315, off Lovell Avenue, will be blocked off for vendors and newcomers living off post.  In addition, 30 spaces in the Directorate of Public Works parking area will be blocked off for vendors.  Lovell Avenue will be closed from 6 to 9 a.m. from Pratt Ave to Guardhouse Lane and will be designated as a one-way street from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  Parking will not be authorized along Lovell Avenue until after 9 a.m.

  Shuttle Bus service

  Shuttle bus service will be provided to the Letort View Community Center and Thorpe Hall from The Meadows Housing area, the PX parking lot, and Building 632 parking lot between Liggett Road and Wright Avenue.  The shuttle bus will run from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will stop at the above locations approximately every 20 minutes.

  Thorpe Hall Fitness Center closure during County Fair

  Aug. 5 – 1st Floor (basketball court) will close at noon.  The 2nd and 3rd floors will be open for normal hours of operation.

  Aug. 6 – Closed for the Fair

  Aug. 7 – Open for normal hours of operation.

  For more information on the County Fair, contact Kevin Small at 245-4069.


Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Distance Class of 2009 completes studies

Members of the Army War College Distance Education Class of 2009 clap after the last name is read during the graduation ceremony July 24.

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July 24, 2009 – The Army War College graduated 302 students of the distance education program at the historic Carlisle Barracks parade ground.

    "It has been a challenge, for sure, but you should be proud for what you have done here," said Commandant Maj. Gen. Robert Williams, to the graduates. "You possess the necessary experience and education to serve in the important positions you will in the days ahead," he said, referring to their two years of internet-based studies with two USAWC resident phases.

    Graduation speaker Paul McHale, former U.S. Marine and U.S. Representative from Pa. district 15, was most recently the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense. 

    McHale focused his remarks on current operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, the increased role of the National Guard in worldwide military missions, and the primary mission of homeland defense.

   "Two-thirds of the graduates today came from the Reserve Components," said McHale, who noted that we could not have conducted military operations during the past eight years without the Reserve component, and we could not begin to respond to disasters in the United States without the National Guard.

    "Domestic security requires the best and most dedicated effort," said McHale. "It is the paramount mission of the Department of Defense and this is a golden age for the National Guard.

   "During no period of our nation's history have you been more important."     

    Using the language of the military, he described Iraq as an 'orderly retrograde;' he urged that Afghanistan be conducted as a classic 'battle handoff' to the Afghan people; and confirmed that U.S. homeland defense is the military's 'main effort.'

    McHale urged that enhanced security and literacy education should go hand-in-hand in Afghanistan.

    "Bringing literacy to the Afghan people is the greatest accomplishment possible," he said. "The provincial reconstruction teams are helping them achieve this goal." 

    McHale closed his remarks by thanking the students for their service.

    "The finest men and women I have ever encountered serve in the U.S. military," he said. "We have literally placed our freedom in your hands and, frankly, that makes me feel pretty good.

    "Congratulations on your accomplishment."

 Pennsylvania Guard

    Three officers of the 28th Infantry Division, Pa. Army National Guard, were among the graduates, as was Lt. Col. Egidjus Karvelis of Lithuania, which is a partner nation with the Pennsylvania Guard partnership program.

    "It was very challenging but it was a rewarding experience," said Col. Michael Konzman. "The course was able to provide me a great deal of insight into the development and implementation of national power, which is an area I had no prior knowledge of." Konzman is the deputy commander of the 55th Brigade Combat Team.

   "It was demanding but I learned so much that could help me where I am today or where I will be in the future" said Col. James Chisholm. "It's not focused solely on the military standpoint but on all of the pillars of strategy in national defense. It gives a strategic perspective that was not seen in the past. It's a very enlightening program."

   Chisholm reflected his fellow officers' pride.

    "I feel it was an honor to be a part of this. Being selected was an honor in itself. I get to walk through the school that some of the world's premier generals did." He is the G3 operations officer for the Pa. National Guard and manages planning for troop deployment.

     "I was very impressed at how they pulled together so many aspects and brought them together to make sense," said Lt. Col. John Saufley. "This will certainly make an impact on my career and life as I move through the Army, and well after I retire.

    "I never expected to come here. I did my cadet fitness training here in 1979. I think, being from Pennsylvania, I have a better understanding of the importance of Carlisle. It's very special to have had the opportunity to have come here." Chief engineer with the 28th Infantry Division, Saufley manages military construction across the state: currently one of the largest projects in the history of the National Guard.

Two graduates have USAWC ties

    Two graduates will apply their experience directly back into organizations at the Army War College.  Lt. Col. Scott Rainey, deputy director of the Strategic Experiential Education Group, and Dr. Larry Miller, director of the USAWC Communicative Arts program, both completed the program, albeit in different ways.

    Rainey began the program as a member of the distance Class of 2008, but a deployment to Iraq caused him to delay his second resident course until this year.

    "It was a very challenging and rigorous course, but the faculty is extremely helpful and is always there to help," he said.

    Miller expects to be better able to communicate with USAWC students of both the resident and distance education courses.

    "The course really helped me understand the issues and challenges they face in today's environment," he said. "The course almost created a bridge for me, being a civilian. I see more clearly now exactly what the students are experiencing."

    Other students also reflected pride in their accomplishments and about the program.

   "It's very strenuous. It's very hard but very rewarding," said Col. Duane Coffey.

    "I enjoyed it," said Col. John Baranowski. "It has been a challenge, as it should be,"

    "It's very constructive and demanding of your time. I think there is more learning done in the distance program than in the resident course," said Lt. Col. Cesar Padilla.

Strategy Implementation Seminar brings together USAWC students, civilians

   The two-year curriculum ends with the second resident phase, highlighted by seminar dialogue, elective courses, and guest speakers.

    The second resident course incorporates the Strategy Implementation Seminar, which brings 80 guests into Army War College seminars to discuss global and domestic issues with students.

   "This seminar offers the civilian guests an opportunity to see how military leaders make decisions at the strategic level," said Col. Zak Grogan, second resident course director.  "It also allows the students to share ideas with the civilian guests to help frame their decisions." 

   The keynote address for SIS was given by Robert Lentz, deputy assistant secretary of defense for Information and Identity Assurance.

    "Cyber security is of the magnitude of a problem that we haven't faced for more than 60 years," he said. "It is something we all have to take seriously. You are all going to be in the middle of this."  Lentz described the government's efforts in protection information systems as well as the need to add personnel in cyber-security positions.

     A media panel brought together reports from national and international outlets to discuss coverage of military operations and how the media and military could work better together.

   "Developing relationships really helps, especially if you are dealing with negative news," said Gordon Lubold, Christian Science Monitor.  "We need to work closer together so we can help each other do our jobs better."

    SIS guests found the seminar mutually productive.

    "I think it's a good program. I can't say I'm surprised by the level of knowledge and experience of the students and the speakers. It's been beneficial from a civilian's standpoint and I hope it has been for them as well," said Paul Schemel.

    "It's great. It's very thought provoking," said Laura Campbell. "The speakers are interesting and varied. And the seminar discussions are lively."

NORTHCOM Commander delivers keynote

   Other speakers during the two-week resident course added to the student experience.

   Air Force Gen. Gene Renuart, commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command and United States Northern Command, delivered the course keynote address July 13. He advised the students about leadership, relationships, and the type of issues that they will all deal with in the future.

    "This is probably the most important part of this class," the 1992 USAWC graduate said about the resident phase. "It's true when they say that the relationships you develop here are crucial in your future.

   "Someday soon you may find yourselves walk the streets of New Orleans, Galveston or California helping to respond to a natural disaster," he said. "You will form bonds now that will pay off down the line."

    "You will all be responsible for shaping our future."

Guard, reserve issues focus

    The majority of students in the distance education are officers from the Guard and Reserve so the challenges facing those services received attention during their resident phase.

    Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz, Army Reserve Chief, discussed the issues and challenges facing the Army Reserve.

    "It's a very busy time for the Guard and Reserve," said Stultz. "In the midst of everything going on we're still trying to transform the Reserve to an operational force." He highlighted how the structures and organization of units may change in the coming years to meet the needs of the Army.

    "We're about 80 percent to where we want to be but we still have a lot of work ahead of us," he said. "It's not about a wire diagram, it's about taking care of and making sure people are in the right place."

   Maj. Gen. Grant Hayden, commander of the 29th Infantry Division and special assistant to the Director, Army National Guard, focused on the need to balance the Guard when he spoke to the student body.

   "Since 9/11 we've supported an unprecedented number of operations," he said. "We need to reorganize to be more versatile and agile but still be available for the homeland needs of our nation. We need to maintain our existing conventional and strategic technological edge. We can do so by institutionalizing     some of our best programs across the Guard." He pointed out the counterinsurgency and international coordination capabilities of the Guard as these types of programs.

   Other speakers included Maj. Gen. Michael Tucker, deputy chief of staff for Operations for the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan;  Chuck de Caro, former CNN special assignment correspondent;  and Dr. Montgomery McFate, Senior Social Science Advisor for the Army Human Terrain System Program. 

Technology bridges the gap for distance students

    The distance program is a two-year internet-based curriculum through which the students earn a master's degree of Strategic Studies. 

    "The students now use the skills they've acquired during their careers and during the first year of the course to help them make the important decisions at the strategic level," said Brewer. 

    Students also write graduate-level papers based on research into a topic that relates to leadership, strategy, national security affairs, military operations at strategic level of war, international relations or the role of politics and economics.



Greg Welker, Army War College Public Affairs Office

Outdoor Recreation plans exciting trips for August

    The Outdoor Recreation office has trips and events planned in August for the entire family. ODR offer rentals of camping equipment, canopies, campers, games, and other recreational equipment, such as canoes and kayaks and grills. These trips and rentals are available to anyone with a valid Department of Defense I.D. card, including active duty military, National Guardsmen, Reservists, DoD Civilians, contractors and family members. People outside the military community can participate if they are sponsored by an I.D. card holder.

        The next Outdoor Recreation trip scheduled to take place is a kayaking trip on August 8. If you would like to sign up or would like more information, contact the Outdoor Recreation office at 245-4616/4206.

    The Information, Ticketing, and Registration office is also located in the same office. They will also have some trips coming up in August. There are trips to Baltimore Inner Harbor, the Gettysburg Village Outlets, and the Smithsonian Zoo. To call and reserve your ticket, contact ITR at 245-4048.


Suzanne Reynolds, Army war College Public Affairs Office
There’s a place for everyone in this community

    July 27, 2009 -- Carlisle Barracks and the greater Carlisle community partner on many levels to include mutually beneficial volunteer service. Community members who volunteer at the Dunham Health Clinic through the Red Cross, the Chapel, and AHEC enrich the lives of the military and military families. In turn, the people of the Army War College and Carlisle Barracks are welcomed into organizations that serve the greater community, from veterans service organizations, Rotary, Project SHARE,  American Red Cross, or the Salvation Army.

Carlisle Barracks organizations contribute to community

* Carlisle Barracks Spouses Club gave $14,700 in Outreach donations and $14,200 in scholarships this past year, said treasurer Kim Bourque. Money raised at the Spring Auction and Duck Derby has benefitted Carlisle CARES, YWCA Sexual Assault/Rape Crisis Services of Cumberland County, Nurse-Family Partnership and the local American Red Cross. CBSC begins the year with a Sign-Up Tea Wed., Aug. 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the LVCC

 * Carlisle Barracks Thrift Shop returns profits to the community in scholarships and donations.  "This past year, the Thrift Shop gave $5,000 to Carlisle Barracks and Carlisle-area organizations," said Nancy Gibson, the shop's director.  Thrift Shop profits have benefited the Cumberland County Chapter of the American Red Cross, Diabetes Association, Army Community Services and others; clothing donations have been given to Project Share, Salvation Army and Bethesda Mission. Volunteers are key:  call 717-243-1434.

* ROCKS is a military mentoring organization that gives community and worldwide support.  Army War College students, staff and faculty this year raised more than   $2500 for local and international charities; awarded two $500 scholarships to two Carlisle High School seniors; and volunteered at local schools and organizations.

* Federally Employed Women is a open to all civilian and military employees, dedicated to promoting equality for women and addressing workplace concerns. The FEW Carlisle Chapter has supported the Salvation Army, Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland and Perry Counties, American Cancer Society and Safe Harbor, and awarded scholarships for FEW members.  One of FEW's first public events this year is a Breast Cancer Awareness Program at the LVCC, Oct. 7 at 11 a.m. Contact Renee Mountz at 717-245-3551.                           

* USAWC Speakers Bureau links USAWC speakers with high school and college students, civic, veteran and service organizations, and other interested audiences who learn about unique experiences and insights of national security professionals.

 Carlisle-area organizations

* United Way of Carlisle & Cumberland County supports 28 non-profit organizations and plays an important role in volunteer recruitment.  "Carlisle Volunteer Connection" is an online service listing nonprofit organizations' volunteer needs, at United Way sponsors its Volunteer Meet & Greet Aug 18  4:30 - 6 p.m., 145 S. Hanover St. in Carlisle. For more, call 717-243-4805.

* Operation Paperback has sent more than a million books to deployed military troops since 1999 – 21 thousand books were sent by local volunteers. "We are looking for paperbacks only," said Sally Brooks, local Operation Paperback volunteer.  "We are in need of suspense, history, mystery, fantasy, SCI-FI, thriller and horror." Gently-used books can be added to the cabinet in the hallway near student mailboxes in Root Hall, or call Brooks about large donations: 717-258-9487 or



Public Affairs staff report
People make Carlisle Barracks a special place to live, work

Chaplain (Lt. Col.) James Carter recently came to the Carlisle Barracks Post Memorial Chapel from Fort Eustis, Va. The chapel is available for a multitude of religious needs. Photo by Greg Welker.

July 27, 2009 -- While Carlisle Barracks may seem like a small installation in Army standards, the mission, quality employees  and efficient organizations rival installations twice its size.

    The Garrison Headquarters at Carlisle Barracks provides essential services and support to tenant units, employees, family members, residents, military retirees and regional Army Reserve and National Guard Soldiers.

    Despite being only 454 acres, the post employs more than 1,200 civilian employees and is home to nearly 500 military personnel. The post also supports more than 107,000 military members, retirees, family members and contractors throughout the region.

    Area military retirees use healthcare, commissary, Post Exchange and other retirement benefits on the post. The close relationships that Carlisle Barracks enjoys with the local school districts, area colleges and arts communities enrich the greater Carlisle community.

   Below are just a few of the people and organizations that make Carlisle Barracks a special place to live and work.


DPW responsible for moving vans, roads, more 

   One of the people charged with making sure your household goods get here when you do is Rodney Cook, chief of the post's Transportation Division.

    The Transportation Division is responsible for the pick-up and delivery of personal property of all DoD service members within a 28-county area of responsibility within Central Pa. This includes the counseling, processing and booking all household goods shipments. The office also processes official passports for all DOD dependents and service members when required for traveling overseas.

  Cook has been at Carlisle Barracks for 17 years after serving in the Army.

Dr. Ines Roe, clinical psychologist, talks with Ann Walker, clinical social worker, in the Dunham Clinic Behavioral Health Office July 22. Photo by Greg Welker.

     "The best part of my job is interacting with people on a daily basis within and outside of the office," he said. "I enjoy dealing with the public and helping to solve issues that pertain to the delivery or pick up of their personal property, travel, passports and any other issues that may arise in the transportation arena."

    Cook also oversees the motor pool which dispatches vehicles for TDY support and provides the war college and garrison driver and vehicle support for the multitude of conferences held here.        

    Once people arrive at Carlisle, they realize that the post is seeing the largest installation-wide transformation process since the 1940's. Since 2007 and extending over the following five years, the Army's second oldest post is transforming into a modern community with the goal of providing a better quality of life for its residents.

     The most visible project is a partnership with Balfour Beatty Communities on a $65 million, five-year project that will bring 128 new homes and will include renovation of the remaining historic homes on the Barracks. Carlisle Barracks and Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., are part of a combined project under the RCI, a partnership between the Department of the Army and the private sector to improve housing for military families.

    Additional projects will benefit families, teens, employees, and visitors: a new vehicle inspection center at the Claremont Road Gate, additions to the Army Heritage and Education Center, and a new Youth Center.

DES maintains safety for everyone

    Safety is of the utmost importance to the Army, and the Carlisle Barracks Department of Emergency Services is on top of making sure the servicemembers, civilians and families are safe.

Security Guard Bob Regal is a part of the force that keeps Carlisle Barracks Soldiers, civilians and family members safe at all time. Photo by Spc. Jennifer Rick.   

   DES includes the Carlisle Barracks Fire Department, Police Force and Guards.

    Guard Bob Regal recently transferred from the Army Heritage and Education Center to Root Hall, home of the Army War College.

    After spending eight years in the Army, Regal transferred to the civilian workplace and eventually found his way to Carlisle Barracks.

    "We are continually doing training because we are a big part of what keeps the future strategic leaders, Soldiers and all of the Carlisle Barracks civilians safe.

    "We maintain the security of the buildings, where at any given time there could be any number of VIPs on the premises," Regal continued.

    "We really do have any important job to do, and it's interesting. We are always meeting people from all over the world and famous authors."


Dunham Army Health Clinic

    One of the most important facilities on post is Dunham Army Health Clinic. The 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.

    One of the dedicated staff members at Dunham is Dr. Ines Roe, who has worked in the clinic's behavioral health department since 2000.

    "My husband was a student here at the time I was attending graduate school at Shippensburg University in 1992, " she said. "I was an intern here for about two years until my husband was reassigned. We moved a few more times before returning to Carlisle where my husband joined the faculty while I was going for my doctorate."

    Roe concentrates on counseling and therapy.

    "I see individuals and couples," she said. "I like to do marital counseling because I enjoy working with couples and I like the marital model." 

   Her office offers a variety of services for servicemembers and their families.

    "We offer, but are not limited to, post-traumatic stress disorder, marital, and stress management counseling, to name a few," she said. 

   She went on to say that the team at Carlisle Barracks is what helps make it a great place to work.

    "It's a nice place to work because our staff has a diversity of interests, fields, and specialties. We really complement each other," she said.

   Roe wanted people to know that her office is there for them.

    "There is no need for a referral, just call and make an appointment," she said. "Things happen and we're here for them. We offer a safe place to talk about your thoughts and feelings, and talking can be pretty helpful."


How to make an appointment at Dunham

    Active duty service members can pick up any on- post telephone line and dial 106 to put them in direct contact with the appointments desk for help them in scheduling a sick-call appointment. 

    Family members outside the local dialing area for Carlisle can access the clinic by using a toll free number 1-877-787-2569, which connect the caller 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 closed on Thursday afternoons for mandatory training and administrative requirements.

    Dunham is essentially an outpatient, family practice clinic with no emergency services.  Dial 911 for emergency medical care.  If an ambulance is not needed, the Carlisle Regional Medical Center 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 our website at


New faces at Post Memorial Chapel

   Chaplain (Lt. Col.) James Carter, new installation chaplain, comes to Carlisle Barracks from Fort Hood, Texas. 

    The 21-year Army veteran chose to go into chaplaincy while in seminary school, and has been enjoying his time ever since.

    "I love having the opportunity to serve in such a diverse setting and to share my faith and working to serve others," Carter said. "I'm thankful to have the opportunity to work and serve in such a historic location and minister to our leaders, Soldiers and community members."

    Carter will be joined by Father (Col.) Gregory D'Emma in August, who is coming to Carlisle from Fort Eustis, Va.    D'Emma is a graduate of the USAWC Class of 2000.

    "I am anxious to come back to Carlisle," he said. "I'm excited work with the Soldiers and families there. I am thankful for the opportunity to come to such a historic place, especially one that is a 'strategic pulpit'."

    The chapel provides a variety of programs and services to its community.   Catholic Masses are Saturdays 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. More information can be found at  There is also Choir Rehearsal on Thursdays at 7 p.m.

        For further chapel information visit

 Root Hall Gym closure

The Root Hall Gym will be closed August 7 due to the Army War College Opening Ceremony.

Thomas Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office

Community calendar your one stop for all local events


July 29, 2009 – New to Carlisle Barracks and want to know what’s going on in the local community?  Want to know what Youth Services events are going on this month? Not sure what activities the LVCC is planning this month? Well you can find all of that and more on the Carlisle Barracks community events calendar.

    For a compete, up-to-the-second schedule of events check the calendar, which can be found off of the Banner Online or at




Greg Welker, Public Affairs Office
Bible school brings post youth together

More than 150 post youth and volunteers took part in the post chapels Vacation Bible School this week. Photo by Greg Welker.

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  July 28, 2009 -- The time of year has come when new resident students and their families come to Carlisle Barracks for their 10-month resident Army War College course.

    With the parents getting all of the unpacking and inprocessing done, many youth have chosen to take the opportunity to meet other kids at the Vacation Bible School at the Post Memorial Chapel.

    "We have had a very successful turnout this year," said Chaplain (Lt. Col.) James Carter, post Protestant Chaplain. "We are fortunate to have a good group of volunteers of both the Protestant and Catholic faiths, which shows that we have unity within the community."

    Approximately 150 participants are enrolled in this year's program, ranging from pre-school age to sixth grade.

    "We have bible school during this week so that the children have an immediate opportunity to participate in the religious community," Carter said. He said he is extremely pleased with the turnout of volunteers and teachers.

    "These kids need a lot of help from the community and the volunteers are more than willing and qualified to give the kids that," Carter said. "We make sure the kids have an enjoyable time in a place of acceptance and affirmation based on God's grace in the community here at Carlisle."

    The participants take part in a number of activities at Vacation Bible School. Choir, games and other activities are designed to bring the children closer to God and to build a lasting relationship with him and the other participants at the chapel, he explained.

    With this fun-filled week, the participants should come back with a bunch of stories, an assortment of memories and, most importantly, a good group of friends.­­­

 Faithfest: Chapel community welcome picnic Aug. 16

    The Chapel Community Welcome Picnic, Faithfest, will kick off Aug. 16 at 10 a.m. with both congregations meeting and worshiping outside followed by a chapel picnic on the lawn. Bring your chairs.


 Army Heritage Drive Road Closure starting Aug. 3

    Beginning Monday, August 3, Army Heritage Drive will be closed from the Interstate 81 Bridge to Trindle Road for approximately two weeks due to utility construction. Army Heritage Drive will remain open from Claremont Road up to the AHEC on Soldiers Drive


 APFRI Health Day Aug. 5

    The Army Physical Fitness Research Institute sponsors APFRI Health Day Aug. 5 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Health Day is the first entry in a year-long series of educational programs for the joint, interagency and international student body. APFRI links education about health and well-being with leader readiness. Presentations include world-class speakers addressing the latest findings in health promotion and risk factor reduction research. Health Day is open to spouses.


Welcome events for post newcomers

 County Fair scheduled for Aug. 6

County Fair is Aug. 6, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Thorpe Hall Gym and LVCC. All newcomers, new USAWC students and families can find out what services and organizations are available at Carlisle Barracks and in the Carlisle community.


Opening Ceremony for Class of 2010

    The Opening Ceremony for the Army War College Class of 2010 will be held on Aug. 7 starting at 5 p.m. on Indian Field. Spectators will be 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..


 “Welcome Jam” for USAWC Class of 2010 Aug. 14

    The Welcome Jam is a free mix-and-mingle picnic sponsored jointly by the Carlisle community and Carlisle Barracks to welcome to new Soldiers, students, faculty , staff and families of the Army War College -- Friday, Aug. 14 at 5 p.m at the Farmer’s Market in Carlisle.

Bring your lawn chairs to Carlisle Square for a FREE outdoor concert featuring the U.S. Army Field Band Volunteers, starting at 7 p.m.