Banner Archive for August 2010
 

Hurricane Katrina response: National Guard's 'finest hour'

ARLINGTON, Va. (Army News Service, Aug. 27, 2010) -- Aug. 29 marks the fifth anniversary of what has been described as the "finest hour" in the National Guard's near 400-year history by the former chief of the National Guard Bureau.

"By any measure, it was the fastest, most massive military response to any natural disaster that has ever happened," retired Army Lt. Gen. H Steven Blum said in a recent interview. "Our response was the epitome of what the National Guard is and why it is a national treasure."

Hurricane Katrina, a category five on the Saffir/Simpson Hurricane Scale, caused an estimated $81 billion worth of damage, took more than 1,800 lives and forced nearly 1.2 million Gulf Coast residents to evacuate.

However, the preparation and actions of the more than 50,000 National Guardsmen made the difference in lives saved and lives lost, said Blum.

"It all converged. It all came together, so that when we were needed, we were there," he said.

On the morning of Aug 25, 2005, Katrina was upgraded from a tropical storm to a category one hurricane. It first struck land between Hallandale Beach and Aventura, Fla., causing then Gov. Jeb Bush to declare a state of emergency.

It also allowed Air Force Maj. Gen. Douglas Burnett, the adjutant general of the Florida National Guard, to activate 800 personnel, including 75 who prepared high-clearance vehicles for flooding in the southern part of the state.

When it struck Florida, the storm weakened, but it also entered the Gulf of Mexico and regained strength. With wind speeds of about 95-100 miles per hour, it was quickly upgraded to a category two.

The storm's impact area was also growing, which caused Florida to call up about 130 more National Guard troops.

At the same time, then Gov. Kathleen Blanco of Louisiana and Gov. Haley Barbour of Mississippi declared a state of emergency.

With plans changing, Guard officials were forced to look at all their options. Mississippi turned to a disaster response plan set up after Hurricane Camille in 1969 and decided to pre-position 3,000 Guardsmen at Camp Shelby in the south and Camp McCain in the northern part of the state.

"We sheltered people in place where we thought they would be safe to survive the hurricane," Blum said. "Then they and their equipment would be able to immediately respond to the after effects of the hurricane."

As Mississippi was preparing for Katrina to hit, the Louisiana Guard was planning for Katrina's arrival. About 3,000 were positioned throughout New Orleans and the southern parishes. They also moved fuel tankers to Hammond Airport northwest of New Orleans.

By Aug. 29, 2005, Katrina was a category five hurricane with winds reaching over 170 miles-per-hour. Mississippi took the brunt of the storm. The damage was catastrophic with a zone of destruction stretching almost 90 miles long and 20 miles wide.

"The devastation of this hurricane was far greater than anyone expected," said Blum. "The entire electrical grid was gone. The internet was down, the telephones were down, no cell phones, radio and television ceased to exist."

It took Mississippi Guardsmen about six hours to drive 60 miles to the devastated area.

"Everything was a slab, the only thing you saw on the coastline of (interstate) 90 were slabs and steps," Army Maj. Scott Lippiat said after the storm. "I have been to combat, I've seen stuff in Iraq, but this was totally different from what you experience because of the total destruction."

The adjutants general of Mississippi and Louisiana, now retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Harold A. Cross and Army Maj. Gen. Bennett C. Landreneau, respectively, contacted Blum and initiated the first round of Emergency Management Assistance Compacts (EMACs) with Texas, Arkansas, Alabama, Florida.

"We put out a call for help, once we saw the magnitude of the destruction," Cross told interviewers at the time.

It was becoming evident to both adjutants general and Blum that more personnel would be needed to assist with the relief effort.

Within 96 hours of the Katrina's destruction, an additional 30,000 troops were sent to New Orleans. They assisted in search and rescue, medical treatment, evacuation and security.

With every passing minute the situation became worse, and Blum knew he couldn't wait for higher command, so he moved forward. "We didn't ask for permission, we didn't wait for orders," he said.

Water levels in the city continued to rise and would not stop until four days later.

"The flood control walls started failing, and the city of New Orleans basically filled up and flooded," said Blum. "It was not the hurricane it was the aftermath of the standing water in Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi River that over ran the flood control walls."

High flood waters disabled the Louisiana Guard's joint operations center, based at Jackson Barracks.

"When it actually came through ... we were watching the water come up," said Army Capt. Lydia Jensen, a Louisiana Guardsman, who was working in the operations center on that day. "We had lost all power. We lost all communication ... so we were just waiting for it to end so we could evacuate."

After the storm, thousands of New Orleans residents, who decided to ride out the storm, made their way through flooded neighborhoods to the Superdome, where about 200 Louisiana Guard members provided medical care, security and transportation.

"When the sunlight came up, we were still flooded," Jensen said. "Our first experience of seeing the city was from the air. All we saw was water ... I never want to experience it again. I never want to look at people and know that they have lost everything that they had."

National Guard helicopters kept those inside the Superdome supplied with bottled water and packaged "meals ready to eat."

The focus was on downtown New Orleans and the Superdome, but another situation was brewing at the New Orleans Convention Center.

With no food and no water, and the situation becoming more desperate, Army Lt. Col. Jacques Thibodeaux was directed to immediately secure the complex.

"Our job was to come in a conduct a rescue mission, to provide law and order, provide relief and then to evacuate the facility," he said.

Because of the lack of communication and the rumors about the conditions being violent at the convention center, Thibodeaux prepared his team of about 1,000 Guardsmen for the worse.

As they advanced with weapons, flak jackets and Kevlar helmets, the troops prepared for a three-prong surprise approach. As they marched into the center, they were greeted with a hero's welcome and were able to stabilize the center in less than 30 minutes without firing a single shot.

By the end of September, the Army and Air Guard had flown over 10,200 missions, airlifted over 88,000 passengers to safety, moved over 18,000 tons of supplies and relief aid and saved over 17,000 lives.

"The Guard did, what the Guard does best," said Blum. "It answered the call, it saw the need, it prepared so that when it was needed it was ready and it was there."

Blum said he has strong feeling about the Guard's response to the largest relief operation in U.S. history.

"If I sound a little proud about the Guard, I am," he said. "I couldn't be more proud."


By Elaine Wilson, American Forces Press Service

Pentagon Releases Final Fort Hood Shooting Review

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 20, 2010 – Pentagon officials released the Defense Department’s final review of recommendations issued by an independent panel in the wake of the Nov. 5, 2009, shooting spree on Fort Hood, Texas.

    Among the department’s top priorities, as outlined in the review, are boosting on-base emergency response capabilities, improving law enforcement and force protection information sharing with partner agencies, and integrating force protection policy, a Defense Department news release said.

    Read how Carlisle Barracks works to keep the community safe with workplace and post security efforts firmly in place.

    In a memorandum signed Aug. 18, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said he carefully considered the panel’s recommendations -- detailed in the report titled, “Protecting the Force: Lessons Learned from Fort Hood” -- and is directing the department to take “appropriate action” to address the initiatives detailed in the follow-on review.

    “I expect department leaders to place great priority on implementing these recommendations,” Gates said. All actions are aimed at contributing to the safety and health of military forces, the release said.

    Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, allegedly opened fire at a Fort Hood facility where soldiers were processing for overseas deployments. He has been charged with 13 counts of murder and 32 counts of attempted murder.

    “The tragic shooting of U.S. military personnel at Fort Hood … underscored the need for the [Defense Department] to thoroughly review its approach to force protection and to broaden its force protection policies, programs and procedures to go beyond their traditional focus on hostile external threats,” Gates said.

    Earlier this year, an investigative panel detailed 79 recommendations in its report centered on improving force protection and tightening gaps in personnel policies, emergency response mass casualty preparedness and support to Defense Department health care providers. In April, Gates directed the Defense Department to immediately implement 26 of the 79 recommendations while a review of the remaining 53 recommendations continued.

    The final review’s initiatives “will significantly improve the department’s ability to mitigate internal threats, ensure force protection, enable emergency response and provide care for victims and families,” Gates said.

    The review puts forth “concrete actions” for the majority of the recommendations, Gates said. In some cases, however, further study will be required before the department can take additional steps.

    In particular, he said, the department will strengthen its policies, programs and procedures in the following areas:

-- Educating commanders about the symptoms of potential workplace violence and the tools available to them to address it;

-- Ensuring commanders and supervisors have access to appropriate information in personnel records throughout a servicemember’s career;

-- Improving law enforcement and force protection information sharing with partner agencies and among installations to ensure all relevant personnel are aware of and able to analyze and respond to potential threats;

-- Expanding installations’ emergency response capabilities, including enabling enhanced 911 to notify dispatchers of a caller’s location, mass notification and warning systems to guide installation personnel and emergency responders to an emergency, and a common operating picture to ensure emergency responders have access to real-time information in a crisis;

-- Integrating force protection policy through the creation of a consultative and policy-making body that will bring together the various entities across the department with force protection responsibilities; and

-- Ensuring the department provides top-quality health care to servicemembers and health care providers by hiring additional health care providers, particularly in the mental health field, and ensuring health care providers receive appropriate post-deployment respite and time at home between deployments.

    Gates also has directed the assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense and America’s security affairs to continue to lead the follow-on review and to provide regular progress reports to him.

    The secretary also emphasized the importance of leadership and the need for intervention when necessary to ensure good order and discipline.

    “Force protection, although critical, is not a substitute for leadership,” he said. “Leaders at every level in our military play a critical role.”

    Gates pledged to provide leaders with the necessary tools to deal with potential issues among their ranks.

    “As the department takes steps to strengthen its approach to force protection,” he said, “I ask leaders and commanders across the force to remain mindful of the unique requirements of the profession of arms –- that military service is grounded in an oath to support and defend our Constitution, but also may necessitate the sacrifice of some of the very rights we defend.”


Carlisle Barracks 22nd Annual Job Fair:  A Win-Win Situation
 
Suzanne Reynolds, Public Affairs Office 
 
  More than 950 job seekers were "dressed for success" and lined the block of the Letort View Community Center, Thursday, Aug. 26 to meet with employers at the Carlisle Barracks 22nd annual Job Fair.
 
  According to Jeff Hanks, manager, Employee Readiness program, Army Community Service, "In the first hour alone, over 200 people came through the doors of the LVCC."
 
 "To date, this is the largest showing that we have ever had," said Hanks. 
 
Employers give out information during the Job Fair at the LVCC, Aug. 26, 2010. Photo by Erin O. Stattel.
 
The 46 Central Pennsylvania and national businesses in attendance covered a range of job fields from federal and state agencies to health organizations and business chains.  Job seekers were able to talk to the representatives and learn how the businesses could help them reach their professional goals. 
 
  The job fair is hosted by the Carlisle Barracks Army Community Service and the Employment Readiness Program.  Services of the office include:  Job counseling; Job search training, including interviewing and salary negotiation; Information on employment market and opportunities; Employment and educational information, federal and non-federal; Volunteer opportunities; Internet job search assistance; Assistance with resume writing and RESUMIX; Professional organization information; Training courses and job search workshops and Portable career information.  For more information, visit www.carlislemwr.com/family-programs/army-community-service.html or call 717-245-3684
 
  Employers who participated in the Job Fair included:
 
OMNISOURCE
Defense Logistics Agency Supply Center
Naval Inventory Control Point
PA National Guard
New Horizons Computer Learning Center
Kaplan Career Institute
CPAC NAF Division
Lebanon County Career School/SAGE
Central Penn College
FEDEX Ground
EdwardJones
Pinnacle Health
Cumberland County Claremont Nursing Home
Manpower
Ames True Temper
Masterbrand
The Warrell Corporation
Letterkenny Army Depot
Northrop Gruman
Lowes of Carlisle
PA Career Link
Kinsley Education Center
Hershey Entertainment
PA State Police
Roxbury Treatment Center
PA Dept of Labor and State
Cardinal Logistics
Veterans Education
Milton Hershey School
Ahlstrom Filtration LLC
Tiburon Associates
Highmark Inc
SOURIAU
United Concordia
Corporate Staffing
Jack Gaughn
Office Depot
AAFES
L-3com
Department of Corrections
Dollar General

 


Odierno: U.S. Combat mission in Iraq ‘unlikely’ after Sept. 1

By Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Aug. 22, 2010 – It is unlikely the U.S. military will resume a combat mission in Iraq after Sept. 1, the top U.S. military commander there said today, citing progress in Iraq’s government and security forces.

Army Gen. Ray Odierno appeared on Sunday news talk shows today to discuss the U.S. mission in Iraq, as its combat role officially ends there Sept. 1. It would take a “complete failure” of Iraqi forces, he said, for that mission to change.

“We don’t see that happening,” Odierno said on CNN’s State of the Union. “[Iraqi forces] have been doing so well for so long now that we really believe we’re beyond that point.

“They continue to grow,” he added. “We continue to see development in their planning, their ability to conduct operations. We continue to see political development, economic development, and all of these combined together will start to develop an atmosphere that means better security.”

The final U.S. combat brigade crossed the border into Kuwait last week after more than seven years of fighting. About 50,000 U.S. troops are scheduled to remain there until the end of 2011 to serve in an “advise and assist” role, training Iraqi security forces. U.S. forces peaked at more than 170,000 boots on the ground there during the 2007 troop surge.

Odierno said that President Barack Obama’s Iraq strategy is well underway, and that the remaining 50,000 troops will pull out on time.

But U.S. involvement in Iraq beyond 2011 is possible, the general said. Such support would be at the request of the Iraqi government and would likely involve “technical” assistance. It would be similar to agreements the United States has with Saudi Arabia and Egypt, he explained.

“It’s about [Iraq] technically developing … protecting their air space, their sea and their land borders,” Odierno said on CBS’s Face the Nation. “If the government of Iraq requests that from us, we would certainly consider that.”

The U.S. military would consider providing combat troops, too, Odierno added, explaining that the United States wants a long-term relationship with Iraq. Obama and his national security advisors would determine the policy if such a request was made, the general said.

“If [Iraq’s government] ask us, that they might want us to stay longer, we would certainly consider that,” he said. “That’s part of our developing a long-term strategic partnership with them. That includes the security aspect.”

Terrorism continues to be a threat in Iraq, the general said, but extremist actions involve attempts to disrupt government and political processes. And despite last week’s bombing of an Iraqi army recruiting station in Baghdad, security forces are proven and more than capable of protecting their people, he said.

“We’ve been slowing turning [security] over to [Iraqi forces] for over a year,” Odierno said. “For the past four or five months, they’ve had the lead, and they have been conducting security operations, and they’ve been able to sustain that at a level that I think is acceptable.”

While optimistic about the shift in the U.S. mission in Iraq, Odierno said it could be five years before a U.S. victory there can be assured.

“We’ve made lots of progress here,” he said. “To say whether we’ve won the war or not, we can see that in three to five years, as we see how Iraq turns out. I think we can call operations a success, but in terms of winning the war, we’ve certainly seen some great bravery from our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who’ve served here.”


Do you “Dress for Success?”

Suzanne Reynolds, Public Affairs Office

Rita Gworek, personal and corporate image consultant, addresses the audience at the "Dress for Success" workshop sponsored by the Military Family Program, Aug 11, 2010, Bliss Hall Auditorium

Photo by Suzanne Reynolds

 

  Did you know that what we wear sends a message about us and can actually influence what others think? 

  This is one of the many interesting facts learned from the Army War College’s Military Family Program’s “Dress for Success” program held on August 11, Bliss Hall auditorium.

  The program was the opening of the MFP year for the USAWC Class of 2011 students and spouses.                                                                                                

  Personal and corporate image consultant, Rita Gworek, presented the workshop to both men and women and covered an array of do’s and don’ts when it comes to  selecting appropriate attire for different occasions to include business, business casual and casual, dressing different body types and building a core wardrobe.

  For example, for women, wear proper fitting clothing, nothing tight or short; for men, never wear a short sleeve shirt with a tie.  “Casual does not necessarily mean wearing jeans,” she said.

  Gworek asked the audience, “Do you know why you don’t button the bottom button of a man’s jacket”? She said it is considered tradition and goes back to King Edward the 7th, a robust man, who could not comfortably button the last button, so to show respect for the King, everyone left their bottom buttons undone.

   Another interesting tidbit that Gworek shared is the reason for buttons on sleeves —so you don’t wipe your nose on the sleeve.

  Gworek selected students and spouses from the audience and provided feedback on their attire, for example, tie knots should fill the collar of a shirt and the width of a tie should equal the width of a jacket lapel, and color combinations reflect such images as energetic, friendly and competitive.

  If you missed this presentation and are interested in viewing it, the AWC Library has a video you can check out.

  The next scheduled Military Family Program is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator for Families on Tuesday, August 24, 7 p.m., Bliss Hall auditorium.

 


Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Neely kicks off 43rd Perspectives in Military History lecture series

 

Dr. Mark E. Neely, Jr presented the inaugural Omar N. Bradley Memorial Lecture in Bliss Hall Aug. 18. During the talk, Neely spoke about the role the constitution played in the Civil War. Photo by Thomas Zimmerman.

 

Aug. 19, 2010 -- The 43rd Annual Perspective in Military History lecture series kicked off with the inaugural Omar N. Bradley Memorial Lecture in Bliss Hall Aug. 18 by Dr. Mark E. Neely, Jr. on the topic of “The Role of the Constitution in the Civil War.”

During the talk, Neely discussed the role constitutions played for both the north and the south during the war.

“I don’t think it would be an overstatement to say that the constitution was a war hero during the Civil War,” he said. “I tend to believe that it set the conditions for the north winning the war.”

He went on to explain that the four year term set for the president, the designation of the president as the commander in chief of the military and the fact that the confederate constitution didn’t have a supreme court set in place all factored into the eventual northern triumph.

The fact that Lincoln knew he was in charge of all the military forces and the fact he would be in office for at least four years allowed him to look past small military defeats and remain focused on the larger picture of winning the war, according to Neely.

The focus on states’ rights, which formed the backbone of the confederacy, may also have lead to its downfall according to Neely. 

“The confederate constitution was set up so that there was no supreme court due to the fact that they didn’t want to infringe on states’ rights, which ultimately hurt their war effort,” he said. “The lack of a supreme court came into play when the Confederate Army tried to re-assign Soldiers it had placed into reserve and other positions to active duty.” The lack of a Supreme Court was one of the differences between the northern and southern constitutions.  

“There was a fight between the state governments and the confederate government over the issue of who really owned them,” he said about the confederate Soldiers. “This was just one of the many examples of the role the constitutions played in this conflict.”

Neely’s talk was well-received by the members of the audience.

“I couldn’t have picked a better person to talk about this issue for the first Omar Bradley lecture,” said Eric Johnson, an Army veteran and self-described Civil War buff. “I honestly had never thought of the constitution as playing such a larger role but what he said really made a lot of sense.”

Neely Jr. is the McCabe Greer Professor in the American Civil War Eraat Penn State University. He holds a M.A. and Ph.D. from the Yale University.  His current research concerns constitutional history. His works include: The Fate of Liberty: Abraham Lincoln and Civil Liberties (Pulitzer Prize in History, 1992); The Boundaries of American Political Culture in the Civil War Era, (2005); The Union Divided: Party Conflict in the Civil War North (2002); Southern Rights: Political Prisoners and the Myth of Confederate Constitutionalism (1999); The Last Best Hope of Earth: Abraham Lincoln and the Promise of America, (1993); and numerous co-authored books and journal articles.

 

Upcoming AHEC event highlights:

 For more events visit http://www.carlisle.army.mil/AHEC/events.cfm

Market at Washingtonburg Living History Event and 18th Century Marketplace

September 10-12, 2010 (Friday-Sunday)
Market at Washingtonburg Living History Event and 18th Century Marketplace
Army Heritage Trail
9:00am to 5:00pm Daily

 

Wed, September 15, 2010

"Berlin Airlift, Air Bridge to Freedom"

Perspectives in Military History Lecture Series with Col (Ret.) Lee Burcham, USAF

 

Wed, October 20, 2010

"The Cold War U.S. Army: Building Deterrence for Limited War"

Perspectives in Military History Lecture Series with Dr. Ingo Trauschweizer

 

Thu, November 4, 2010

"The Lucky Bastards Club: Letters from a B-17 Pilot and His Family"

Brooks E. Kleber Memorial Readings in Military History with Dr. Sandra O'Connell

 

Wed, November 17, 2010

"Architect of Soviet Victory in World War II: The Life and Theories of G.S. Isserson"

Perspectives in Military History Lecture Series with Dr. Richard Harrison

 

Wed, December 15, 2010

"Outbreak of War in 1914"

Perspectives in Military History Lecture Series with Dr. Michael Neiberg

 

Wed, January 19, 2011

"Operation Mule Shoe: General Earle G. Wheeler and the Joint Chiefs of Staff Plan to Invade North Vietnam"

Perspectives in Military History Lecture Series with LTC Mark Viney

 

Thu, February 3, 2011

"The Vietnam War: An Assessment by South Vietnam's Generals"

Brooks E. Kleber Memorial Readings in Military History with Dr. Lewis Sorley

 

Wed, February 16, 2011

"The Generalship of Ulysses S. Grant and the American Civil War"

Perspectives in Military History Lecture Series with Dr. Richard J. Sommers

 

 

 


Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos, Army War College Public Affairs
DES holds open house

Station Chief Mike Whyne explains to Carlisle Barracks children how the Halligan Bar assists in fire fighting during the DES open house. Photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos.

 Aug. 19 - The Carlisle Barracks Department of Emergency Services held an open house on Aug. 19th for post youth and their families.

“We want to introduce the incoming class to the services we offer,” said Fire Chief Jim O’Connell.

The open house featured police and fire fighting equipment displays, and child ID cards.  McGruff the Crime Dog and Sparky the Fire Dog also dropped by.

The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department was also present to issue ID cards to children.  The cards, which had a photo and finger prints of the child, as well as height, weight, hair and eye color can be used in case of an emergency. 

 

Maura Pelczynski tries on police riot gear at the DES open house.

 “If a child gets lost the parents can give the card to a police officer which will help find the child,” said Deputy Valerie Weary, Cumberland Valley Sherriff’s Office.

The Directorate of Emergency Services will hold the third annual kid’s fire academy on October 9th as part of the National Fire Prevention Week.


Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
USAWC BSAP program helps develop strategic planners

Aug. 13, 2010 – While the Army War College is best known for its resident and distance programs that prepare future strategic leaders, it may surprise you to learn that it is only one of the many programs preparing the leaders of tomorrow. 

 The BSAP classes stands for a group photo after graduation. After completing the course graduates have gone on to serve in positions on the National Security Staff, the Department of State, the Joint Staff, the Army Staff, and in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Photo by Thomas Zimmerman.

 

 

 

One of those programs is the Basic Strategic Art Program, an intensive 14-week graduate-level program designed to educate newly-designated Functional Area 59 Strategists in the fundamentals of national strategy. The most recent class completed their studies with a graduation ceremony Aug. 13.

    “You will now be integral parts of your profession,” said Dr. Bill Johnsen, Army War College Dean of Academics at the ceremony. “You are now bona fide strategists.”

    The course introduces the students, typically majors, to the skills and knowledge needed for their development as Army strategists. FA59 is the Army’s only functional area solely dedicated to developing strategic practitioners. 

      In late 2002, the BSAP conducted a pilot course at the request from the Army G3 to develop a basic qualification course for the FA 59s. After a successful pilot, the program was made mandatory for all newly designated FA 59 officers. The program now conducts three courses per year, graduating an average total of 45 officers. Graduates of the program occupy key positions within the broader defense community, serving on the National Security Staff, the Department of State, the Joint Staff, the Army Staff, and in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. 

    “BSAP offers the opportunity for officers newly assigned into FA 59, Strategist, to gain a firm foundation in the fundamentals of strategic concept, theory, and practice,” said Johnsen. “Most importantly, the program allows officers to hone their critical thinking skills at the strategic level of warfare, where most of them will spend the bulk of the remainder of their service.  The totality of these skills will be invaluable to the Army and the nation in this period of persistent conflict.”

    The course’s six modules explore strategic theory, strategic art, Joint and Army Systems, national security decision-making, contemporary strategic challenges and joint and Army planning. In many cases the modules are presented as case studies that challenge the students to dissect and discuss the strategic aspects of the example.

    “The goal of the course is to review the history, application, and evolution of strategy in all of its complexity not so a student can access a particular historic event and try to apply it today, but rather so a graduate can recognize current and future issues within their strategic context and provide an informed strategic appraisal,” said Lt. Col. Charles Moore, BSAP director. The course is taught by Moore, retired Col. Michael Matheny and retired Col. Stephen Kidder.

The mission of the USAWC and its programs are built around the concept of mastering the strategic art, so it only makes sense that the course is held here.

Dr. Bill Johnsen, Army War College Dean of Academics, speaks to recent graduates of the Basic Strategic Art Program, a 14-week program for Functional Area 59 Strategists. Photo by Thomas Zimmerman.

 

“We take full advantage of the Army War College resident experts in joint operations, strategic leadership, history, national security policy formulation, and regional studies,” said Moore. “One of the real advantages of being collocated with the USAWC is that we share guest speakers, educational resources, and seize on other targets of opportunity.”  

    One of the graduates, Maj. Lisa Livingood, said that the course has been vital to her development as a strategist.


 

July Cardboard Drive total success

 Project Share volunteers pick up cardboard left by Carlisle Barracks residents for the Project SHARE Cardboard Drive, July 30, 2010.  Cardboard was collected on Post Wednesdays and Fridays in July.

Photo by Suzanne Reynolds

 

 

 

 Carlisle Barracks residents provided Project SHARE with more than 16,000 pounds of cardboard resulting in $900 to feed more than 900 families.  The cardboard was picked up by Project SHARE volunteers Wednesdays and Fridays starting July 14.

 Thank you note from Project Share

   Project SHARE would like to thank Balfour Beatty for kindly allowing us the opportunity to collect the cardboard. 

   We'd also like to welcome the incoming class and thank them for already helping to feed those in need in their new community.

  We raised approximately $900, which can be stretched to much more, that will help to purchase food for more than 900 families in the greater Carlisle area.

  Everyone should be proud of that!

  If anyone has more cardboard that they would like to donate, drop if off at the loading dock at Project SHARE, 5 N Orange St, Suite 4. 

  For information on donating food, clothing, or volunteering, visit our website at www.projectshare.net or on facebook at "Project SHARE of Carlisle PA".

 Sincerely,

Nicole Deary
Media and Business Development
Project SHARE of Carlisle

Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos, USAWC Public Affairs

Fire Department building a new garage to house trucks

New houses are going up everywhere on Carlisle Barracks but one of the newest “homes” being built is for two of its most important residents, the post fire engine and brush truck.

 A frame is up for the new fire station garage that is being built next to the existing fire station. The garage will house the post fire engine and brush truck because of safety concerns with the current building. Photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos.

 A new garage that is scheduled for completion in October is being built that will house the stations’ two trucks.  The trucks are currently parked outside of the station because of safety concerns with the current building.

“Building a new emergency services center is the number one construction priority for Carlisle Barracks,” said Lt. Col. Janet Holliday, garrison commander. “There is a crack in the floor that has required us to install steel beams underneath the fire department bay. From a safety perspective, we can no longer park the brush truck in the bay because of the floor.”

 “The fire station was built in 1939,” said Fire Chief Jim O’Connell.  “Back then fire engines weren’t as heavy.  The trucks we have now are too heavy for the floor.  The weight of the current engines supersedes the load bearing capacity by 23 percent which resulted in the station floor cracking.”

The firefighters are looking forward to having the new garage too.

“A new garage will be good because it will make it easier to back the trucks into the building and access the doors,” said fire fighter Pete Furfari Jr.  

“When we park our engine in the current garage, there is literally no room to move around,” said firefighter Todd Hooper.  “New fire engines are longer and will not fit in this garage, but they will fit in the new one.”  The new garage will have an area of 45 feet X 45 feet.

The garage is an interim solution until a new emergency services center is built. Plans for a new center have been submitted and are waiting funding. The fire department will continue to run day-to-day operations from the current building. 

 “A new facility would consolidate all of our fire equipment, provide adequate living space for the fire men who are on 24-hour shifts, and allow us to have a new, state-of-the-art- police station co-located with the fire facility,” said Holliday.

 


 Volunteers needed for Carlisle Barracks income tax assistance program

The VITA Program provides free tax preparation to military members and their families. The success of the VITA program is based on the volunteers.  No experience necessary.  Training will take place in January 2011.  The VITA Program will run from February 2011 through April 2011.  Deadline for volunteers is Dec. 30, 2010.  If interested, call the Office of the Post Judge Advocate at (717) 245-3986. 


AAFES works double time to correct inadvertent charges

DALLAS (Army News Service, Aug. 13, 2010) -- Numerous transactions at Army and Air Force Exchange operations are experiencing a double whammy no one saw coming: a processing error resulting in duplicate charges on credit and debit card transactions.

"Shoppers who swiped their cards anytime between Aug. 7 and Aug. 9 at an AAFES facility are strongly encouraged to review their statements to see if they are impacted by this issue," said AAFES' Chief of Staff Col. Virgil Williams. "If a customer finds a billing anomaly, no action will be required on their part as we're working to correct inaccuracies on their behalf."

Scores of associates from AAFES' Information Technology and Finance and Accounting teams are working around the clock to remedy any and all erroneous charges created as a result of the processing error.

"We're putting all the resources we have towards doing the right thing for customers affected by this unfortunate turn of events" said Williams. "If there is an overdraft fee as result of a duplicate charge, we're going to fix it. Our priority is to take corrective action as quickly as possible and return customers' accounts to the exact state they were prior to this glitch."

The processing error that produced duplicate charges affected AAFES locations worldwide. Depending on the type of card used, corrective action could be visible to the customer anywhere from 24 hours to a couple of weeks.

"The timeline is subject to a number of variables," said Williams. "Regardless, we want exchange shoppers to know that every possible measure is being taken to eliminate any additional charges and rectify any concerns created as a result of this processing miscue."


Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
Ceremony recognizes passing of command to Martin

Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, USAWC commandant, accepts the colors from Gen. Martin Dempsey, TRADOC commander, symbolizing the assumption of command for the Army War College. Photo by Scott Finger.

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Aug. 13, 2010 -- On the historic Indian Field on Carlisle Barracks, Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin accepted command of the Army War College during a ceremony officiated by Gen. Martin Dempsey, commander, Army Training and Doctrine Command.

“The Army War College serves as an important foundation for our strategic leaders,” said Dempsey. “There is no better place to learn these important lessons than at the Army War College and no better person to lead them than Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin.”

Martin, a USAWC Class of 2000 graduate, assumed the duties as the 48th Commandant of the Army War College earlier this summer. The ceremony served as an official introduction to the post and community.

“This is a place that inspires you to see what’s possible and to recognize that being ‘great’ is the product of an incredibly important mission and exceptionally talented people with a passion for what we do,” said Martin. ”We share a deep commitment to provide the strategic leadership education and wisdom that our young troops and our nation expect from us.”

“Since 2001, we have adapted to a constantly changing environment and we can expect more, unforeseen and perhaps unimaginable challenges in the future,” he said. “That’s why the Army War College’s mission is so deeply significant – one with great, far-reaching impact.  We are on the eve of crucial transitions for our armed forces. Our shared responsibility is to develop the strategic leaders and wisdom to guide us to a more secure future.  Our responsibility here is enormous. That’s why we must be great at what we do. Our future is at stake.”

Prior to his arrival at Carlisle, Martin served in Kuwait as the Deputy Commanding General of Third Army and US Army Central Command during the simultaneous buildup in Afghanistan and responsible drawdown from Iraq. Before that, he served as the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. Martin also previously served on the USAWC faculty, working in the Department of Command, Leadership and Management.

The 1-108th Field Artillery of the 56th Stryker Brigade Combat team, 28th Infantry Division Pa. Army National Guard and the 28th Infantry Division Band both participated in the event.  


    By Erin O. Stattel, Army War College, Public Affairs

    Carlisle Barracks DFMWR team member brings smiles overseas

    (August 12, 2010)—Part of the DFMWR mission is to provide quality programming directed at boosting the morale of Soldiers and Families and Kenne Sjoberg is doing just that during his deployment in Iraq.

    Sjoberg, regularly the special events coordinator for DFMWR sports, is in Iraq until October, coordinating entertainment acts for troops to enjoy.

    “Kenne has volunteered twice to serve our Soldiers in combat and he represents the essence of the MWR employee,” said Liz Knouse, director of DFMWR at Carlisle Barracks. “We are very proud of his service to our Soldiers and anxiously await his return to the Carlisle MWR team.”

    Featured in a recent interview with a local television station, Sjoberg relayed part of his job in Iraq is helping troops forget about some of their worries over there.

    “The tedium, the danger and [help them] maybe reflect a little bit on what it is like to be home with a little taste of home,” Sjoberg said of the job.

    Watch Sjoberg’s interview via Skype with ABC27 on the Carlisle Barracks DFMWR YouTube page: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFgjgp0UsVs.


Erin O. Stattel, Army War College Public Affairs
AHEC construction, exhibit expansion continues

Work continues on the conservation facility at the Army Heritage and Education Center. The facility is expected to be completed in August 2011. Photo by Erin O. Stattel.

Aug.  12, 2010--Progress at the Army Heritage and Education Center is moving swiftly along, with construction of the Visitor and Education Center completed in June, the Conservation Facility is quickly taking shape each day.

“The roof will be installed within a month and we are still on track for the Conservation Facility to be completed in August of 2011,” explained Lt. Col. Mark Viney, AHEC director. “The USAHEC Foundation has moved their offices into the VEC and we are hoping to have the USAHEC offices in there by November or December of this year.” The VEC is expected to be open for visitors next spring  after the final work has been completed and the building has been turned over to the Army.

Viney listed the exciting lineup of events ahead for the USAHEC, including a 150th year anniversary celebration of the Civil War era, coming in April 2011.

“We are going to focus on the first year of the Civil War with our first exhibit in the 7,000 square foot gallery, scheduled to open in April 2011,” Viney said. “The exhibit will include artifacts, some artwork and photos of the Civil War era and its people. On the Bridge Deck of Ridgeway Hall, we will also have a photo exhibit of the Civil War and we will update that periodically over the next five years.”

The Civil War photo collection at AHEC is one of the largest collections around, used by historians and artists such as Ken Burns for films and reference.

“From 2011 to 2015 we are going to be the hub of all Civil War activities in this area,” Viney explained. “It is the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War period and because we are centrally located between Gettysburg and the Civil War museum in Harrisburg, we are going to serve as host for 24 Civil War events to include exhibits, lectures and conferences.”

With lots going on inside the buildings, there’s even more growth outside, on the AHEC Heritage Trail.

 

Visitors walk between Ridgway Hall and the nearly complete Visitors and Education Center at AHEC. The building is expected to be open to the public next spring. Photo by Erin O. Stattel.

“During our Market at Washingtonburg event September 10-12, we will unveil and dedicate a donation from BAE Systems of a M109 self-propelled Howitzer, which will sit inside our traffic circle,” Viney said. “This type of Howitzer was in use during the 1990’s and brings some more contemporary history to our facility. At this point, the Heritage Trail is really at maximum capacity and we are looking at solutions for a half mile extension nearby to install additional macro-exhibits for Desert Storm, the Balkans, and Afghanistan.”

Viney also said that life size cutouts of photos of Soldiers from throughout history will be installed near their historical displays, allowing visitors a chance to see the dress and personal equipment of soldiers past.

AHEC is expecting an increase in visitors to the site this year maxing out at 80,000, with an increase to more than 100,000 once the VEC opens its doors to the public.


Post honors Soldiers, employees at awards ceremony

Lt. Col. Janet Holliday, garrison commander, hands a certificate to Roberta Bertholot, the Carlisle Barracks Civilian Employee of the Quarter. Bertholot works at the Army Heritage and Education Center. Photo by Megan Clugh.  

Aug. 12, 2010 -- On Aug. 12, at the Letort View Community Center, Lt. Col. Janet Holliday, garrison commander, honored the following individuals at the Installation Awards Ceremony. 

Roberta Bertholot, AHEC - Civilian Employee of the Quarter

Genevieve K. Hobson, DCLM – DA Certificate of Appreciation

Chiquita M. Morrison, DCLM – DA Certificate of Appreciation

Michelle L. Saville, DCLM – DA Certificate of Appreciation

Balfour Beatty Communities Foundation 2010 Scholarship Awards:

  • Andrew Bessler
  • Benjamin Fetter
  • Michelle Ward

Robyn E. Thompson, CPAC – 10 Year Length of Service Award

Combined Federal Campaign Leadership Awards:

  • Spc. Thomas R. Fiedler, Chapel
  • Prof Bernard F. Griffard, CSL
  • Col. Carolyn F. Kleiner, SSI
  • Col. Maurice A. Ottinger, DDE

Post Summer Hire Employees received USAG Certificates of Appreciation


Federal Voting Assistance Program launches call center, chat

The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) opened its 24 hour a day, 7 day a week call center on July 15.  The call center makes voting information accessible to voters living in other time zones and ensures that all issues are addressed.  Voters can call 1-800-438-VOTE, email vote@fvap.govor choose the online chat option at www.fvap.govto accommodate an easy flow of absentee voting assistance and information.   See the following link for more information.   https://forums.bcks.army.mil/CommunityBrowser.aspx?id=1138034


Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos USAWC Public Affairs

Carlisle says good-bye to Garrison Command Sergeant Major

"It's been an interesting journey," said Command Sgt. Maj. Jose Powell.  After two years as the Carlisle Barracks Command Sergeant Major, Powell said goodbye to the Soldiers, civilians and children that made his time here memorable.  Fittingly, his goodbye ceremony was held at a place that meant a lot to him, the Moore Child Development Center. 

Staff Sgt. Chris Snow says goodybe to Command Sgt. Maj. Powell during Powell's goodbye ceremony.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At Carlisle Barracks, Powell made sure he took care of the Soldiers and their families. 

 “Command Sgt. Maj. Powell has worked tirelessly over the past two years to make Carlisle Barracks such a terrific place to work and live,” said Lt. Col. Janet Holliday, garrison commander.  “All of the kids at the Child Development Center and Youth Services know him by name because he has volunteered so much time to help them with personal fitness and to mentor them on the importance of reading and doing well in school.  He has contributed immeasurably to our community and will be sorely missed by everyone.”

"The children are my passion."

 Powell was a frequent vistor at the Moore Child Development Center where he would talk to the staff and interact with the children. 

"The children are my passion, my heart," said Powell.  "They are truly the future of our world.  It is incumbent that we remember that," he stated.

 “We would expect to see him at least once a week,” said Cynthia Burwell, CDC Assistant Director.  “We looked forward to it," she said about the staff.  "The children looked forward to it.  The children love him.  “When he comes into a classroom they run up to him screaming, ‘Sergeant Major! Sergeant Major!’”

 “He liked to have fun with children. He would get down on their level and eat ice cream with them or read to them, said Rebecca Stroup, a CDC program assistant.  “The children were important to him," said Stroup. 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                             Powell says goodbye to Jayden Moffit.

Powell reads to children at the Moore CDC as part of the Army Birthday celebration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With that in mind, Powell worked to promote positive lifestyle choices to Carlisle’s youngest citizens. 

“I volunteer my time to oversee and support our youth on the installation by providing a positive role model to encourage good behavior, discipline and promote a healthy lifestyle,” said Powell. 

 A healthy life style and education are two things that are very important to Powell who is pursuing a master’s degree in elementary education.  Even the youngest children on post were encouraged to eat healthy and exercise. 

 “He was very active in encouraging the children to ride their bikes,” said Burwell.  “He would come over on his bike and ride with them and make sure they were wearing the proper safety gear.”

 Powell also encouraged the older children to run for fun.  To promote the joys of running Powell oversaw the Carlisle Barracks Just Run Kids program.  Just Run Kids is a nationwide program to promote healthy lifestyles in children as a way to combat childhood obesity. 

Powell runs with post kids as part of the Just Run Kids program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dedication to the Soldiers

Powell’s impact on the installation was not just with the children.  His fellow Soldiers also benefited from his time here.

 “He is a stellar performer as an NCO,” said Maj. Earl Mitchell, the Carlisle Barracks Judge Advocate General.  “He gets Soldiers, and is a good mentor for officers too.  In my 23 years in the Army I have not seen anyone better.”

 Like all good sergeants major, Powell knew it was important to take care of Soldiers.  At Carlisle Barracks he did this by revitalizing the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program (BOSS).  “Before he came here we really didn’t have much of a BOSS program,” said Sgt. Jeffery Poland, Carlisle Barracks BOSS president.  “There were never any meetings and very little community support projects.” 

 “He was passionate about revitalizing our BOSS program,” said 1st Sgt. Carlos Runnels.  “Under his watch we were able to completely turn the program around and make it available to all Soldiers, not just the single ones.”  BOSS currently meets once a month and conducts multiple community support projects throughout the year.

Powell’s impact was also felt by the civilians he worked alongside.

 “When I first met him, he came across as a tough guy but I quickly realized that he had a good heart and was willing to help anyone, whether they are a Soldier or a civilian,” said Teresa Martin, executive assistant to the Garrison command team.  Martin also said she would miss the home made muffins that Powell would sometimes bring to work.

Powell shares a moment with a senior citizen during last year's Holiday Tea.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Powell’s next assignment will be as the Garrison Sergeant Major at the United States Military Academy at West Point.  Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Blakey from the1st Bn., 37th Armor Regt. will arrive later this month to assume the post of Carlisle Barracks Garrison Sergeant Major.


Irwin named new CYS coordinator

Meet your FMWR staff

Melody Irwin, the new Child and Youth and School Services director, enjoys the Boat Yard Wars with a post youth Aug. 6.

Aug. 10, 2010 -- Melanie Irwin is the new Child and Youth School Services Coordinator, and is gearing up for an even busier fall, coordinating activities for youth and school-age children on post. Thankfully, Irwin and the CYSS team have a good grip on what to offer.

“I like the day-to-day interaction with all the children and youth and the staff and all their families,” Irwin said. “It is one of the best things about this job. The staff here is really great; we all pull together really nicely to form the CYSS team.”

Since July, Irwin has served as the CYSS coordinator, a position previously held by Liz Knouse, now the director of DFMWR here at Carlisle Barracks. But Irwin is no stranger to the demands of coordinating activities for youngsters on post, having served as the Childcare Development Center director for 16 years.

“Basically, my job now deals with anything that has to do with children and youth from zero to 18, the CDC, school age services, youth sports, middle school-age children’s activities, teens’ activities, and extracurricular activities,” Irwin listed.  “I am also the school liaison for our children on post who go to area schools.”

One of the things Irwin said she is proud of is that both the CDC and school age services are accredit dated, nationally reviewed and recognized for the services offered.

Irwin’s team recently ran all the welcome jams and is also running babysitter courses for teens on post; paintball activities and trips to Hershey Park, just to name a few.

“We hosted three welcome jams, an elementary school-age welcome jam, middle school-age and teenagers’ welcome jams,” Irwin said. “We had about 300 children; that is fantastic! The staff was enthusiastic about it; the kids were great; the parents were thrilled and we are going to continue to just try and reach as many children through our programs as we can.”

One of the ways CYSS reaches the Army War College community is through Facebook.

“CYSS is an ongoing program that really focuses on families and children and every month and I encourage everyone to log onto our Facebook page to stay in the loop,” Irwin said.

 

The CYSS Facebook page can be found at: http://tinyurl.com/2wrez7m or accessed through the USAWC Facebook page at www.facebook.com/USAWC under the “Favorite Pages” tab on the left side of the page.

DFMWR can be found on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Carlisle-PA/carlislemwr/112252738806828?ref=sgm&__a=4&

Below are some other members of the Carlisle Barracks Family Morale Welfare and Recreation.

Liz Knouse is the director of the Carlisle Barracks FMWR.  Recently her organization ran Boat Yard Wars and the County Fair.  Later this year the FMWR will sponsor trips to places like New York City and Mount Vernon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Child and Youth Services

Bob Salviano is the School Age Services coordinator.  Recently he ran the summer camps.  Later this year SAS will host field trips to Hershey Park, Ski Round Top, Harrisburg Senators Games and many other places.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pete Baltos is the middle school and teen program lead.  He helped out at the teen and middle school jams and the most recent paint ball trip to Ski Roundtop and of course the Friday night dodge ball games held at the Root Hall gym.  Once school starts he will also be available as the homework tutor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jacqueline Schultz is the school liaison coordinator.  She recently organized the school district orientations held in Bliss Hall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Business Division

Dana Bovender is the LVCC general manager.  He helped organize Boat Yard Wars and the County Fair.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Devon Stockdell is head of the LVCC catering department

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACS

Linda Slaughter is the Director of Army Community Services .  Some upcoming events that ACS will be sponsoring are newcomer’s orientation, a job fair and the Army Family Action Plan conference.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donna Jones is the Relocation, Mobilization and Demobilization coordinator.  She is also active with the waiting families group and will be conducting a survivor outreach services forum next month.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeff Hanks is the volunteer coordinator.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thorpe Gym

Brian Seargeant is the fitness director at Thorpe Gym.  Last spring he taught combatives and this year he will offer women’s self defense classes, knife and gun defense and disarmament and combatives.


Carlisle Barracks reaffirms commitment to families

 

Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, USAWC commandant, Lt. Col. Janet Holliday, garrison commander and Command Sgt. Maj. Jose Powell, post Command Sgt. Maj., sign the Army Family Covenant Aug. 9 in Bliss Hall, reaffirming the installations commitment to supporting Army Families. Photo by Megan Clugh.

Aug.9, 2010  – Families are the backbone of the Army and Carlisle Barracks took time  Aug. 9 to honor the dedication of family members and stress the important role they play in today’s military.

    In Bliss Hall, Carlisle Barracks and Army War College leadership signed the Army Family Covenant, and pledged to support Soldiers' Families while they defend the nation. The covenant was signed by Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, USAWC commandant, Lt. Col. Janet Holliday, garrison commander and Command Sgt. Maj. Jose Powell, post Command Sgt. Maj.

    The covenant signing was part of an event to introduce new Army War College students and their families to the multitude of Carlisle Barracks programs designed to help strengthen families, create safe and secure environments for children and allow families to grow and thrive to help meet the challenges of military life.

Army Family Covenant Background

    The Army Family Covenant recognizes the commitment, sacrifices and contribution to readiness our Families make every day.  Over the next few weeks covenant signing ceremonies will occur at every Army installation worldwide. 

    The Army Family Covenant commits the Army to provide Families a strong, supportive environment where they can thrive.  The words of the covenant are a pledge to ensure our families remain strong, so our Soldiers remain strong:

  • We recognize: The commitment and increasing sacrifices that our Families are making every day.
  • We recognize: The strength of our Soldiers comes from the strength of their Families.
  • We are committed to: Providing Soldiers and Families a Quality of Life that is commensurate with their service.
  • We are committed to: Providing our Families a strong, supportive environment where they can thrive.
  • We are committed to: Building a partnership with Army Families that enhances their strength and resilience.

We are committed to improving Family readiness by:  

  • Standardizing and funding existing Family programs and services;
  • Increasing accessibility and quality of health care;
  • Improving Soldier and Family housing;
  • Ensuring excellence in schools, youth services, and child care;
  • Expanding education and employment opportunities for Family members

Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos, Public Affairs Office                

Opening ceremony starts year for class of ‘11

August 6, 2010 -- They perform for presidents, and this is the rare occasion when the Army Drill Team, the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, and the United States Army Band "Pershing’s Own," performs together outside the National Capital Area.

 Netherlands Col. Wilfred S. Rietdijk, International Fellows President, Lt. Col. Richard Edwards, Commander of Troops, 3rd U.S. Infantry, and Col. Scott D. King, President, USAWC Class 2011, review the troops during the opening ceremony.

 For more photos go here

The 3rd U.S.Army Infantry Regiment's (The Old Guard) salute to the 337 members of the Army War College’s 2011 class’s opening ceremony partnered the excellence of the Old Guard units with the excellence of the competitively-selected students and international fellows. Through performances in the United States and abroad, the Old Guard units reflect the constancy and highest standards of the U.S. Army. Their performance was marked by constant applause by students and family members for exciting solo and team drills, precision marching, a Pass and Review, and stirring renditions of traditional and patriotic music.

The convocation and the opening ceremony formally begin the 10-month curriculum that prepares senior field grade officers and their civilian counterparts to assume strategic leadership responsibilities in the joint, interagency, intergovernmental and multinational environment.

 Members of the 3rd United States Infantry (Old Guard) fix bayonets prior to the pass and review of troops, during the opening ceremony for the USAWC class of 2011.

 

All U.S. armed services are represented in the class with members of the Active component, Reserve and National Guard. U.S. military students include 198 Army officers, 32 Air Force officers, 17 Marine Corps officers, 15 Navy officers and 2 Coast Guard officers. U.S. military officers typically have served approximately 20 years, and reached the rank of lieutenant colonel or colonel.

Civilian students are selected senior members of federal agencies engaged in national security. The 23 civilians represent the Defense Department, the Defense Intelligence Agency, Department of the Army, Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, the National Security Agency, U.S. Agency for International Development, and the Veterans' Administration.

 The 50 International Fellows are senior military officers representing 49 nations:  Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Korea, Kuwait, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan (2), Philippines, Poland, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates.

 Members of the Army Drill Team throw their 1903 Springfield rifles in the air during a performance held on Indian Field.  The Drill Team exhibition was part of the opening ceremony held for the USAWC class of 2011.

 


Erin O. Stattel, Army War College Public Affairs
New fall fitness classes at Thorpe Gym look fierce

    (July 28, 2010)--With a new lineup of fall fitness classes and a familiar face added to the Thorpe Hall Gym fitness staff, the Army War College community is ready to blast into fighting form.

    Brian Sarjeant taught combatives here last spring and is back full time as the new fitness director. He has a full roster of classes for students, family members and community members to strengthen up for fall.

    “I’m excited about our new schedule of classes we are going to be offering,” Sarjeant said. “We planned for a long time to have a yoga instructor and now it’s going to finally happen.”

    Sarjeant, a retired Army NCO, is well known in the combatives and mixed martial arts worlds, having taught at Aberdeen Proving Ground and competed within the North American Grappling Association. Known throughout the Army as the “Godfather of Combatives,” he has recently returned from Fort Benning where he completed a re-certification as a combatives level four instructor.

    “I also just recently got my instructor’s certification in the Israeli Commando Krav Maga, which is the Israeli Army’s Self defense system, so I will be teaching some techniques in knife and gun defense and disarmament. I’m thrilled to also offer a women’s self defense class. I will be teaching women basic simple techniques to get out of a bad situation.”

    The program is adding Muay Thai basic kick boxing to the menu of activities and classes will begin September 1.

    “Muay Thai techniques will be performed on kicking pads and is a great workout,” Sarjeant explained. “You can burn between 800 to 1000 calories in one workout. Fitness boxing is also another great workout that we will start in September. We have a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class called Grappling Drills. Finally I will be offering the new basis Combatives course which offers a lot of new material and techniques, and are practical and simple.”

    Level one combatives classes are tentatively scheduled to begin Wednesday, September 1 along with the women’s self-defense, Muay Thai basic kickboxing, Zumba and Grappling Drills classes. For more information on class schedules, call Thorpe Hall Gym at 245-3418.


Army works towards implementing standard child care fees in accordance with new DoD policy

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Beginning October 1, 2010, most Army Families will see an increase in their child care fees, while others will see a reduction and some will see no change in fees for School Year 2010-2011. This is a result of a new Department of Defense policy.

According to Maj. Gen. Reuben Jones, commander of the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command, the Army will ensure outstanding Childand Youth Programs and a quality of life for Soldiers and Families commensurate with their service.

“Army Families will continue to have access to some of the best Child and Youth Programs found anywhere in the world,” Jones said. “These programs are an important part of our military communities and will continue to be a great value for our Soldiers and their Families”

The Army Family Action Plan also played an important role in shaping the new policy. One result of AFAP was as expansion in the number of income categories to better reflect the full range of family incomes found across the Army.

By law, child care fees are based on total family income (excluding certain special pay and allowances), not rank or civilian grade. In 2008, DoD conducted an in-depth study of the child development program fee policy. As a result, they determined current fee ranges were no longer in sync with the total family income for a majority of the users, and the fees have not kept pace with the increasing costs of providing care.

 

“While the cost of providing child care has risen each of the past six years, the value of the programs has also increased for Soldiers, their children and the Army,” said Peggy Hinson, Child Youth and School Services Director at FMWRC.

“Our child care programs promote early learning. Most Army programs are nationally accredited, and most importantly, Soldiers can concentrate on their mission, knowing their children are safe and well cared for in a fully-accredited child care system,” she explained.

The National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies, the country’s leading voice for child care, issues a biennial report on the quality of nationwide child care, including the DoD.  The 2007 study found that the DoD child care system “stands alone as a model for states.”  In that report, military child care ranked first among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, and was the only entity to score in the top ten for both standards and oversight criteria. 

Since 2004, child care fees at most Army garrisons have remained static in an attempt to ease the burden of persistent conflict and multiple deployments. In an effort to minimize the financial impact of fee increases, the Army received approval from DoD to begin a phased?in implementation of this new Child Care Fee Policy.  Individual installations will have plans to reach fixed dollar amounts for each fee category within the next three years.

A 2009 update confirmed that DoD child care continues to score more than 60 percent above the national average.

 “It’s important, in keeping with the promises made in the Army Family Covenant, that we do everything we can to minimize the impact the DoD fee changes will have on our Soldiers and their Families,” said Jones.

Currently there are six fee categories, including a minimum fixed rate and five income-based categories, each with a range of fees determined by the garrison.

The School Year 2010-2011 Child Care Fee Policy will contain nine categories, with three added at the top to more accurately accommodate higher incomes.

Under existing policy, Families earning $70,001 pay the same fees as those making more than $100,000. The three additional categories will raise fees incrementally to cover Families earning $125,001 or more annually.

Those earning $85,000 and below will see smaller increases.  Furthermore, some lower-income Families will pay reduced fees under the new policy.  As always, Families with more than one child will receive multiple child reductions, regardless of total family income.  This now will become an Army-wide standard 15% discount for 2nd and subsequent children.

Commanders may authorize additional fee reductions for Families with temporary, documented financial hardships. Army Family Covenant fee reductions are in effect, while military parents are deployed.

 

In addition to Child Development Center fees, The Army’s 2010-2011 Fee Policy covers all Child, Youth and School Services Programs, including: Full Day; Part Day; Part Time; School Age and Hourly Care; Family Child Care Homes; Skies Unlimited Instructional Programs and Youth Sports.

Families will receive information about their specific fee changes beginning mid-August, through personal contacts at their CYSS location. Additional information will be provided through town hall meetings, social media, radio and television commercials and print materials. The Army will launch a website in late August to provide additional information on its School Year 2010-2011 Child Care Fee Policy.


IMCOM Public Affairs
IMCOM looking for team members to join DoD fitness challenge

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - The Department of Defense's "Leap Into Fall" Fitness Challenge kicks off Aug. 16, challenging DoD personnel to include more physical activity in their daily routine.

Each participant is challenged to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity at least five days a week. The DoD goal is to log more than1.5 million hours of physical activity by the end of the challenge on Oct. 31.

Civilians are encouraged to assess their emotional, spiritual, social and family fitness with the Global Assessment Tool (survey). The GAT, located at www.army.mil/CSF/, is part of the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness. The vision of the CSF is to create an Army of balanced, healthy, self-confident Soldiers, Families, and Army civilians whose resilience and total fitness enables them to thrive in an era of high operational tempo and persistent conflict.

The Army's Installation Management Command is also encouraging its workforce to complete the GAT survey prior to joining the challenge. The tool allows participants to assess themselves on the dimensions of emotional, spiritual, social, and family fitness at www.army.mil/CSF/. The survey is available to Soldiers, Army civilians and Family members.

Challenge contestants may choose from more than 100 activities, including a wide range of sports and games - even Nintendo Wii Sports. The emphasis is not on what participants do, but on working toward improved health and readiness in whatever way they find fun and motivating.

The Fitness Challenge is part of a year-long DoD employee wellness campaign that aims to increase employee awareness of and commitment to the elements of a healthy lifestyle, including physical activity. The DoD challenge is linked to the President's Challenge, which began as a national youth fitness test and is now a series of programs designed to help improve anyone's activity level.

Installation Management Command has formed the "Army IMCOM" team to encourage command members to participate, their health permitting. To join the team, go to http://www.presidentschallenge.org/login/register_individual.aspx and use the group ID number 90878.

The website also has information on how to register as an individual or start a group.

DoD personnel who log in at least 30 hours of physical activity from August through October will receive certificates of achievement, with special recognition going to the three individuals and groups who record the most hours over the three-month period.


Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
McKiernan addresses USAWC Class of ’11

Retired Gen. David McKiernan spoke to members of the Army War College class of 2011 in Bliss Hall on Aug. 9. Photo by Megan Clugh.

Aug. 9, 2010 -- Members of the Army War College Class of 2011 heard first-hand that the lessons they learn during the next 10 months will serve them later in their careers from a former strategic leader, retired Gen. David McKiernan.

    McKiernan, a class of 1992 graduate and former commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, was the first guest speaker to address the class and shared lessons from his own experience as a strategic leader. 

    One of the benefits of the resident USAWC program, he said, is the relationships formed in seminar, during sports and social activities. He stressed that among other things, the relationships formed here will serve as one of the lasting benefits of their USAWC experience.

    McKiernan told them that after they complete their studies they will view the world in an entirely different way, as that of a strategic leader.

    “Who knows, you could be asked to come back here 20 years from now and speak to the next generation of leaders,” he said.


Jim Garamone, American Forces Press Service

Gates puts meat on bone of department efficiencies initiative

C-Span video: http://www.c-span.org/Watch/Media/2010/08/09/HP/R/36791/Secretary+of+Defense+Reforms+Budget.aspx

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9, 2010 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is putting meat on the bones of his initiative to reform the way the Pentagon does business and to eliminate duplicative, unnecessary overhead costs.

During a Pentagon news conference today, Gates said the steps he is taking will help the U.S. military fight the wars it faces now, and help ready the force for the wars it may face in the future. With these moves, the secretary said, he wants to instill a culture of saving in the department.

Money saved with these efficiencies will go back into funding needed military capabilities. “To be clear, the task before us is not to reduce the department’s top-line budget,” Gates said. “Rather, it is to significantly reduce its excess overhead costs and apply the savings to force structure and modernization.”

President Barack Obama has programmed in real growth of between 1 and 2 percent into future years’ defense budgets, but that is not enough to maintain today’s warfighting capabilities and modernize, which requires roughly 2 to 3 percent real growth. The savings in overhead are crucial to making up that difference, Gates said.

Earlier this year, the secretary tasked the services to find $100 billion in overhead savings over the next five years. “This exercise is well under way, as the services are evaluating their programs and activities to identify what remains a critical priority and what is no longer affordable,” he said. “They are all planning to eliminate headquarters that are no longer needed and reduce the size of the staffs that remain.”

Gates also authorized the services to consider consolidation or closure of excess bases and other facilities. It is a measure of Gates’ determination to save money that he has proposed this, he noted, since Congress has made it almost impossible to close bases. “But hard is not impossible, and I hope Congress will work with us to reduce unnecessary costs in this part of the defense enterprise,” he said.

The secretary also announced a number of immediate steps he will take. Gates said he will reduce the funding for support contractor personnel by 10 percent a year for the next three years.

Gates is freezing the number of office of the secretary of defense, defense agency and combatant command manpower positions at the fiscal 2010 levels for the next three years. He said this is just a first step to studying these leadership organizations.

“We will conduct a ‘clean-sheet review’ to determine what our people should be doing, where, at what level of rank in keeping with the department’s most critical priorities,” he said.

He is also freezing the number of senior Defense Department leaders at fiscal 2010 levels. He will appoint a senior task force to assess the number of positions for general and flag officers, senior executive service employees and political appointees. “At a minimum, I expect this effort to cut at least 50 general and flag officer positions and 150 senior civilian executive positions over the next two years,” he said.

Gates also pushed the potential for economies of scale – especially in the information technology arena.

“All of our bases, operational headquarters and defense agencies have their own IT infrastructures, processes and application-ware,” Gates said. “This decentralized approach results in large cumulative costs, and a patchwork of capabilities that create cyber vulnerabilities and limit our ability to capitalize on the promise of information technology.” The secretary directed the department to increase the use of common information technology functions.

The Pentagon is awash in reports; the secretary is freezing the overall number of required oversight reports, and he will immediately cut by a quarter the money allocated to the effort.

The department similarly has a number of boards and commissions that have outlived their usefulness. He directed that the department eliminate those boards no longer needed and an overall funding cut of 25 percent for these boards.

The secretary also is looking for efficiencies in the department’s intelligence apparatus. He has directed an immediate 10 percent reduction in funding for intelligence advisory and assistance contracts and a freeze in the number of senior executive service positions. He also is moving to end needless duplication in the intel business.

“I have directed a zero-based review of the department’s intelligence missions, organizations, relationships and contracts to be completed by Nov. 1,” Gates said. James Clapper, the new director of national intelligence, has expressed interest in doing the same for civilian intelligence organizations, the secretary said.

Finally, the secretary is closing two defense offices and recommending the closure of a combatant command. The secretary is eliminating the offices of the assistant secretary of defense for network integration and the Joint Staff’s section for command, control, communications, and computer systems. “Their operational functions will be assigned to other organizations, and most of their acquisition functions will transfer to acquisition, technology and logistics,” Gates said.

Gates also will eliminate the Business Transformation Agency. The agency – with 360 people and a budget of $340 million – will transfer responsibilities to other offices.

The secretary is recommending eliminating U.S. Joint Forces Command. The command is the arbiter and proponent for joint training, doctrine and operations in the military, he said, but it means an extra layer in the bureaucracy. It is one of five four-star commands that need to be involved in sending a military working dog team to Afghanistan, Gates said during a speech in Abilene, Kan., earlier this year.

But driven by joint experience in Afghanistan, Iraq and around the world, the secretary noted, the need for such a joint advocate has lessened. Training and generating joint forces still is important, as is developing and testing joint doctrine. But it does not “require a separate four-star combatant command, which, in the case of [Joint Forces Command] entails about 2,800 military and civilian positions and roughly 3,000 contractors of all kinds at an annual cost of at least $240 million to operate,” Gates said.

The secretary said the department will help employees affected by these closings.

Gates also wants military personnel and civilians to think outside the box. He wants them to submit their ideas for saving resources, reducing the layers of the organizations and eliminating duplication and overhead.

“Within the department, we are launching an online contest for the purpose of soliciting and rewarding creative ideas to save money and use resources more effectively,” he said. “I would encourage all DoD employees to visit ‘www.defense.gov’ on the Web to learn more.”


Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, IMCOM Commander
Community Outreach: Keeping the Promise Together

Our Soldiers have been steadfast in their service to the nation during the past nine years of conflict. Their Families have been just as constant in their own dedicated service, providing the strength and support that enables Soldiers to do their jobs. Our Soldiers and Families persevere in their service to the nation in the face of repeated deployments and even greater challenges.

 

It is heartening to know that we are not in this alone—our fellow citizens want to understand what we are experiencing and share a deep desire to support us where they can.  Sometimes they simply do not know where to begin or how to make the connection to channel their appreciation and support into action. That is why reaching out to the communities around us is so vitally important.

 

The Army has a long history of supportive relationships with surrounding communities.  San Antonio, Texas, claims the title of Military City, USA, but many more communities could lay equal claim, their ties with the installations in their areas being as long-standing and deep-rooted. Over the years the Army has also developed strong relationships with local, state and national organizations that provide a wide range of support for Soldiers and Families, including programs focused on health care, education, child development, employment, financial aid, and morale and recreation.

 

Now those relationships are more critical than ever. The Army cannot always offer the most comprehensive assistance for the number and kinds of challenges that our Soldiers and Families face.  This is especially true for National Guard, active Reserve and Active Component Soldiers and Families who live far from installations. The great need for support and the great demand on our resources require us to reach out to those who can help us keep our promise to Soldiers and Families. A volunteer, a local service provider or a state or national organization may be able to offer expertise, material assistance, support services, or even just human contact that fills a critical need, especially for the Soldier or Family member who is not near an installation.

 

The support that communities and organizations give to Soldiers and Families has become so important that the Army Community Covenant was launched in April 2008 to formalize and facilitate the relationships. To date, communities in 49 states, three territories and the District of Columbia have conducted more than 500 covenant signing ceremonies, pledging to find ways to enhance the quality of life for Soldiers and Families.

 

These ceremonies publicly recognize and celebrate the communities’ commitments, but they are not an end in themselves. They are an important step in taking action to link support to specific Soldier and Family needs. The crucial first step is building relationships.

 

Effective community outreach is broader than a covenant. It begins with building strong, real relationships. Americans are inspired to offer their support when they learn more about military life and gain a deeper understanding of the personal challenges that Soldiers and Families experience. It is crucial that Army leaders make every effort to get to know local leaders, to attend town halls, Chamber of Commerce meetings and other events, and to invite local leaders and community members to attend events on post. Army leaders must be prepared to answer when local leaders ask, “How can we help?”  Americans are generous and compassionate—if you let them know how they can help, they will.

 

I know from firsthand experience what the power of community support can do for Soldiers and their Families. One recent example is when I was the III Corps and Fort Hood Commander and worked to establish a Resiliency Campus, which gathers in one area a number of programs to support Soldiers’ and Families’ mental, spiritual and physical well-being.  As Senior Commander I was able to dedicate the space on post and ensure that infrastructure improvements were made, but it was the embrace of the community outside the gate, their contributions of materials, services and expertise, that made the campus a reality.

 

We have several valuable resources to help Soldiers and Families locate and access programs and services available to them. Army One Source, at www.myarmyonesource.com, is a single portal for information on a wide range of services, including housing, healthcare, employment, education, childcare and Family services. AOS includes information on how to contact the nearest Army community support coordinator. Community support coordinators work to make connections between local resources and Soldiers and Families, especially for those who live far from an installation.

 

The Army Community Covenant website, at www.army.mil/community, has information on more than 600 national, state and local programs that offer education, employment, family, financial, survivor, wounded warrior and other kinds of support. The website regularly adds information on new programs as we continue to build relationships with local, state and national organizations.  The site also has ideas and resources for Army leaders to reach out to the communities around them, and for community members and organizations who want to offer support.  

 

All of these resources—the Army Community Covenant resources, the community support coordinators, the advice and ideas of fellow leaders posted on www.garrisoncommand.com, and the expertise of professionals on installations—help Army leaders build and strengthen relationships with communities and find innovative ways to take care of Soldiers and Families.

 

We have become more effective at our community outreach efforts in recent years, but our efforts meet with such success because our communities are eager to meet us halfway. They readily and generously express their gratitude and support for our Soldiers and Families. Our challenge is to meet them all the way, to clearly communicate our needs and facilitate their support for us. The support and contributions from our communities will enable us to keep our promise to provide Soldiers and Families a quality of life commensurate with their service.

 

Support and Defend

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Donna Miles, American Forces Press Service
Senate confirms Mattis for top CENTCOM  post

WASHINGTON, Aug. 6, 2010 - The Senate unanimously confirmed Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis as commander of U.S. Central Command.

Mattis, who previously served as NATO supreme allied commander for transformation and commander of U.S. Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, Va., received the Senate nod late yesterday.

Before adjourning for a five-week recess, the Senate also confirmed retired Air Force Lt. Gen. James R. Clapper as director of national intelligence.

In his new post, Mattis will oversee all U.S. military operations in the Middle East and Central Asia, including the war in Afghanistan and the drawdown of U.S. forces in Iraq. Mattis will replace Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, who left Centcom to replace Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal as commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan. The Senate confirmed Petraeus to that position June 30.

Mattis emphasized during his July 27 Senate confirmation hearing the need for continued military, civilian and regional cooperation to successfully drive out extremism.

"The wars we are fighting require highly integrated military efforts from the highest to the lowest levels," he said. "If confirmed, I will make every effort to work closely with civilian and military leaders charged with leading our operations, and to ensure they are fully resourced in a coherent and comprehensive manner."

Combating the threat requires sustained pressure from coalition partners, he told the committee, promising to work to galvanize international support.

Acknowledging that "the stakes are high," Mattis said he believes the military component of the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan is sound.

"I believe that by steadfastly executing our strategy, we will win in Afghanistan," he said. "Nothing about the mission will be easy. We recognize that achieving our goals in Afghanistan requires also the enduring commitment of the international community."

During an early July news conference, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates expressed great confidence in Mattis' capabilities for the top Centcom post.

"General Mattis has proven to be one of the military's most innovative and iconoclastic thinkers," he said. "His insights into the nature of warfare in the 21st century have influenced my own views about how the armed forces must be shaped and postured for the future."

Mattis served as the commander of the first Marine forces in Afghanistan in 2001. He also commanded the 1st Marine Division during the initial push into Iraq in 2003, then served as commander of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Pendleton, Calif.


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

Dr. Leslie Bonci, a nationally-recognized sports dietitian, and Dr. Dean Ornish,  president and founder of the nonprofit Preventive Medicine Research Institute, spoke to the Army War College student body  for the Army Physical Fitness Research Institute Health Day Aug. 5 in Bliss Hall. Photo by Amanda Keene.

To watch the video of the presentations go here

Aug. 5, 2010 - Small changes in diet and lifestyle can pay huge dividends in quality and length of life according to two experts in the field of health and nutrition during the 2010 Army Physical Fitness Research Institute Health Day Aug. 5 in Bliss Hall.

    “We want to help you start off your Army War College year the right way by helping provide some good information on health and prevention,” said Dr. Tom Williams, APFRI director.  

    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 first speaker, Dr. Dean Ornish, spoke about the “power of personalized lifestyle changes.”

   “We tend to think about advances in medicine as being a new drug, a new laser or something expensive,” he said. “We often have a hard time believing that the simple choices we make in life each day like how we eat or respond to stress can make such a power impact on our health but they do. Research has proven what a power difference these choices can make in how well and how long we live.”

    Ornish recommended these 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.  He 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. 

    Ornish pointed out that the disciple to make necessary changes was evident in the room.

   “You are here at the Army War College, the best of the best. You know what discipline is, to not make certain choices. It’s the same with your diet.”

    Lt. Col. Jeffrey “Fletch” Fletcher, student, said that the presentation made him realize the duty that senior leaders have in taking care of their health. 

    “His take on how we need to be emotional in taking control of our own health and passing that along to our Soldiers really hit home for me,” he said. “He easily explained to us how we can make changes and no matter how small they seem can have a huge impact on our lives.” 

   The second speaker of the day was Dr. Leslie Bonci, a nationally-recognized sports dietitian, and Director of Sports Nutrition in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and the Center for Sports Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She has worked with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns and record-setting sprinter Usain Bolt.

    Bonci focused her remarks on “strategic eating, being proactive, selective and informed,” and said that one of the most important factors is having a healthy eating pattern.

   “My goal is that when you walk out of this room you’ll do one thing differently,” she said.

    Bonci said to follow these easy tips to establish a healthy eating pattern: 

  • At least three meals a day -- and breakfast is a must
  • Calories are based upon energy expenditure and metabolic rate
  • Eating and food choices are NOT one size fits all
  • Portions are critical
  • Need to choose an inclusive, not exclusive eating pattern

   Kathy Harlan, wife of USAWC student Lt. Col. Michael Harlan, said that the speakers really opened her eyes to the benefits of easy changes, like drinking green tea.

    “We are used to seeing people drink green tea but never really realized all of the health benefits from it,” she said.

      Bonci also outlined the components of a healthy lifestyle as the following:

  • Actionable
  • All inclusive (food, habits, activity)
  • Support system
  • Sustainable
  • Realistic
  • Not life-changing
  • Affordable

    “Overall this was a really great program,” said Lt. Col. Sean McDonald, student. “It’s a great opportunity to see what you’re already doing right, what you can tweak and what you need to stay away from.”

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 for each assessment, an APFRI  heatlh care provider compiles and reviews the results from each of the assessment stations, he noted.   The outbriefer will identify the 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 provides students better  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
USAWC year starts with convocation ceremony

Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, Army War College commandant, speaks to members of the USAWC Class of 2011 during a convocation ceremony in Bliss Hall Aug. 6. Photo by Megan Clugh.

For more photos go here

Aug. 6, 2010 -- The 10-month academic year for the Army War College Class of 2011 officially kicked off with a convocation ceremony in Bliss Hall Aug. 6.

“Welcome to the Army War College and Carlisle Barracks,” said Dr. Bill Johnsen, USAWC dean of academics. “Please make the most of the opportunity to think critically. Make the most of your experience here.”

Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, USAWC commandant, formally introduced them to the faculty who will aid them in their continuing journey as strategic leaders.  

“The faculty before you are the enduring heart and soul of this institution,” he said. “They will challenge you to stretch yourself intellectually and to venture into new areas.  There may be times where you feel very uncomfortable…. That uncomfortable feeling will be replicated countless times in the future and it is during these moments that we hope you will default to the foundational lessons learned here.” 

Martin congratulated the students on their accomplishments and reminded them of their responsibilities as USAWC students.  

“A nation at war has provided each of you a very special gift:  the opportunity to take a year to immerse yourself in a community of dedicated professionals with the sole task of professional growth,” he said. “An opportunity to pause, rest from years of toil, to reconnect with families and make new friends in order to prepare yourselves to lead your great nation.”

A key to leveraging the rich environment here will be to ask the tough questions, said Martin.  

The students were also introduced to the USAWC faculty by Martin during the ceremony. Photo by Amanda Keene.

“Strengthen your skills to take on complex problems and think reflectively, creatively and critically,” he said. “I urge you to employ that critical thinking by asking the tough questions of the distinguished speakers who will address you in this very room.”   

Martin also urged the class to learn from each other.

“You do not undertake this task alone. Lean on each other for learning and understand that the friendships and camaraderie you cultivate here will pay off for many years to come,” he said. “There is a very high probability that some time in the not so distant future you will need to call a war college classmate, be they Soldier, Sailor, Airmen or Marine, civilian or international fellow, for information or help of critical importance to a strategic mission you face.  You will be able to count on that familiar voice from your Carlisle days. 

“It’s this network of trusted friends and colleagues, developed here, that will enable you and your organizations to operate at ‘the speed of trust,’ which is what we need in this complex, high-stakes strategic environment.”

Those who need the protection of the Armed Forces need our leaders to be at their best – “leading and advising, supporting and serving our strategic leaders in order to set conditions for success,” said Martin. “They are counting on you. That's who this year is for.

“It is our sacred responsibility.”  


Local businesses welcome new students at the county fair

SSG Corey Baltos, USAWC Public Affairs

The 2010 Carlisle Barracks County Fair was a huge success.  It gave the newly arrived students and their families a chance to learn about what on-post activities are available, and what downtown business have to offer them during their stay at Carlisle Barracks.

Fair attendees had the opportunity to sample food and beverages from local restaurants, sign their children up for both on and off post activities and a host of other things.

While the fair is a good way for the new students to learn more about the community, it is also a way for local businesses to share their piece of the community.  “We have been participating in the fair for about four years,” said Matt Daughenbaugh, district manager of the Carlisle Sentinel.  Everyone is friendly and it is a great way to meet everyone and share a piece of our community.”

 Donna Jones, ACS, assists a guest at the Carlisle Barracks county fair.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Fair attendees were able to buy lunch from the Carlisle Barracks Soldiers.  The money raised was to help the local BOSS program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin talks to a vender while visiting the county fair.


Carolyn Holl, Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute
Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute expands internship program

United States Military Academy cadets serve as interns with PKSOI and CSL for the summer and visit with Lt. Col. Janet Holliday, garrison commander of Carlisle Barracks, and Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, commandant of the U.S. Army War College. Courtesy photo.

 

Aug. 5, 2010 -- The Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute welcomed 13 students from a variety of universities last month, doubling the size of its program from last year.

    The program has expanded exponentially from only five students last year to its current size of 13. About thirty students applied to the program this year from a variety of universities and areas of study. 

    The program aims to treat interns as full-fledged members of the organization, letting them participate in staff meetings and organization events.  Each is paired with a member of the PKSOI staff and assigned a real world project based on their area of study.

    “The only way an intern is brought on is if there is a project for them,” said Karen Finkenbinder PKSOI’s Research and Publication Analyst.  “One of the benefits of the program is that we have had interns work on projects that would not have been completed otherwise.”

    The experience also benefits the interns as well.

    “The internship has really helped in my development as a strategic thinker and future military officer, thinking beyond just the tactical level and thinking more about it from a national security and world perspective,” says Tomo Takaki, International Relations major and ROTC cadet at Tufts University.

    “So far, the most rewarding part of the internship has been the networking and talking with all of the officers and subject matter experts to gain insight about how government agencies work,” comments Carolyn Pruitt, a sophomore at Tufts.

    Another one of the interns, U.S. Army Military Academy Cadet Marc Bowdoin, is a Truman Scholar from Maine and has been selected to serve this next year as First Captain of the Corps of Cadets. Beaudoin provided research and development support to create a lesson structure and recommended readings for many U.S. Agency, International and Nongovernmental approaches to analyzing regions of conflict in the world. He also provided case studies and examples to be used in course exercises.  

Another USMA Cadet, Cadet Nathaniel Pendleton, was assigned to the Security, Reconstruction and Transition Division. He provided research on lessons learned in Iraq and applied them to suggest modifications to existing models of economic development in post-conflict areas.  His paper creates a roadmap for future economic development success in Iraq and other post conflict states.  

    "Overall, my experiences at PKSOI have forced me to think strategically and apply the skills taught at West Point in a way that can be beneficial to the Army," he said. Pendleton will return to USMA to be a Platoon Leader.     

    To date Tufts has been the largest source of interns, all of whom are members of the student organization, Alliance Linking Leaders in Education and the Services (ALLIES).  The program provides a forum for undergraduate students to discuss current civil-military issues through a variety of initiatives involving chapters from the service academies and civilian institutions.  Last year, three of PKSOI’s interns came from the program leading PKSOI to establish a formal relationship with the institution last November.

    “Because of the nature of the ALLIES program, PKSOI is a natural fit because of what we do,” said Col. Lorelei Coplen, Policy, Knowledge Management Division Chief.

    Working at PKSOI also gives the interns exposure to agencies like United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and The State Department.  Beth Paige, from USAID, and Richard Smyth, from The State Department gave briefings on their respective organizations to the interns to broaden their knowledge of other government organizations.

    The interns took also took a day trip to Washington, D.C. to tour the Pentagon and received a briefing on the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), an organization under USAID.

A group photo of 2010 Summer Interns of PKSOI in front of Upton Hall, joined by intern supervisors Col. Bryan Groves and Col. Michael Anderson. Courtesy photo.

 

    “Having background knowledge going into our trip to D.C. from Beth Paige really helped to better understand the organizations and presentations we were given,” says Caitlin Fitzpatrick, International Business and Economics major at Appalachian State University.

    For more information on the internship program visit http://pksoi.army.mil


SSG Corey Baltos, Public Affairs Office

Commandant meets garrison employees in support of Military, Families

August 3, 2010 -- Employees introduced the scope of the Military and Family support services at Carlisle Barracks to Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, newly-arrived USAWC Commandant and Commanding General of Carlisle Barracks.  Visits to the Moore Child Development Center, Youth Services Summer Camp, and the post emergency services operations became opportunities to meet both employees and the people they serve.  

 Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, Army War College commandant, 'high-fives' a pre-school student at the Moore Child Development Center.  Martin visited the CDC as he becomes acquainted with the multiple services and programs of the Army Garrison at Carlisle Barracks.

  

 

 

 

 

 

Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin talks with children participating in the School Age Services Summer Camp while visiting the post's Child and Youth Services programs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DA Police Officer Alf Alexis demonstrates the business of safeguarding the employees and residents of Carlisle Barracks during Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin's visit with the Emergency Services staff:  gate guards, DA police, and firefighters.

 

 

 

 

 

Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin and Bob Suskie, Director of Emergency Services, talk during a tour of the post fire station.


New Displays at the Army War College Library

Visit the library to view the following new displays: 

U.S. ARMY CHAPLAIN CORPS: STRENGTHENING THE WARRIOR’S SOUL FOR 235 YEARSCourtesy of Chaplain (Col.) David Reese, Department of Command, Leadership and Management

 

  In commemoration of the 235th Anniversary of the Chaplain Corps, this display features Chaplain’s Kits from WWII-Korean War, Vietnam-Cold War, and contemporary times. 

 COLLECTIBLES FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM.  Courtesy of Greta Andrusyszyn, U.S. Army War College Library

  A collection of items from the United Kingdom, including Sheffield steel, Lakeland slate, and Scottish wool.

If you are interested in displaying your collectibles, art works, or handicrafts for everyone to enjoy, stop by the Library, phone x53660, or email greta.andrusyszyn@us.army.mil.


THE GUN TRUCKS OF VIETNAM RUMBLE TO THE CARLISLE FAIRGROUNDS 

Jack Giblin, Army Heritage and Education Center

  The 5-ton, machine gun wielding, steel armored Gun Trucks of the Vietnam-Era U.S. Army Transportation Veterans organization will rumble in to the Carlisle Fairgrounds Saturday, August 7 and be onsite from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

  The Gun Trucks will be on display in partnership with the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center as part of Carlisle Production's Truck Nationals.  Truck fans and military equipment enthusiasts are invited to get up close and personal with the vehicles that protected our Soldiers during deadly convoys through Vietnam.

  The Gathering” will include up to 10 unique 5-ton modified trucks and several smaller Vietnam era vehicles and equipment.  The Veterans who own, operate, and maintain these pieces of history will be available all day to answer questions and demonstrate how the trucks operated.   Living history persons from the USAHEC will portray Vietnam-era Soldiers in support of the exhibition while Education Center Staff present displays and information about their collections.

  The featured Gun Trucks were the result of heavy field modification of standard vehicles during the Vietnam War to protect Soldiers from attacks during convoys.  Crews built each truck from materials they could scrounge and painted the trucks black with nicknames such as "Untouchable," "Meat Wagon," and "Ace of Spades," emblazoned on the sides.  The heavy sheet steel and bristling machine guns provided a warning to enemies: this convoy will shoot back!

 


By Erin O. Stattel, Army War College Public Affairs

Army resources lend support and guidance during troubled times
 
    (August 3, 2010)--Sometimes you just need someone to talk to, bounce ideas off of or lend an ear to listen to you, and for that someone to keep your words private. At Carlisle Barracks, that someone is the Military and Family Life Consultant, available by appointment through Army Community Services. Army-wide, programs and personnel stand ready to tackle even the most serious issues.
 
    On most Army installations, MFLC’s provide support services to Soldiers and Families, augmenting services that already exist, but at Carlisle Barracks, MFLC services are open to all current or former active duty military personnel and are authorized to speak with civilian employees as well. The program has been in existence since 2004.
 
    MFLC’s are fully credentialed individuals who have either masters or doctorate degree level education and experience in social and mental health work. It is important to note that MFLC’s do not practice mental health medicine and their goals are to provide a strategy for solving problems that may be short term.  MFLC’s offer professional guidance on many issues, however, they can help individuals seek out mental health care providers if the problems prove to be more in-depth or complicated in nature.
 
    Of all the issues that may arise from living a military lifestyle, one of the most common deals with relationships between spouses and the military member. Many people struggle with being separated due to deployments and the issues that rise often leads community members to the MFLC’s door.
 
    But relationship issues are not the only ones that MFLC’s encounter. Sometimes teenagers need guidance on how to work through a problem and problem-solving skills are often covered in many of the presentations that the Military and Family Life Consultant program offers to childcare development centers and family readiness groups.
 
    The MFLC program supports and augments services already established and helps people get connected with what they need. The program also offers presentations for parenting, including sessions on how to deal with teenagers and resolve conflicts and manage stress.
 
    Reasons for seeing a Military and Family Life Consultant vary from individual to individual. Some people seek out a MFLC to discuss their life goals and how to prioritize their lives.
 
    While the profession may be unique, it is not unheard of, as companies increasingly use employment assistance programs to help employees gain control of organizing and managing their lives in a healthy manner. At Carlisle Barracks, consultants are rotated out every so many months, but a consultant is always present, keeping an emphasis on confidentiality. Additionally, consultants do not keep paperwork on clients.
 
    The Military and Family Life Consultant can be contacted through Army Community Services at (717) 713-9173. Appointments can be held wherever the client feels comfortable except a residence and all appointments are kept confidential.
 
    Suicide prevention and awareness programs have also gained momentum Army-wide, with top officials standing shoulder-to-shoulder with outreach and support initiatives.
 
    Through the Army's suicide prevention video, "Shoulder-to-Shoulder: I Will Never Quit on Life," testimonials and vignettes bring to life the issues surrounding suicide. The “Shoulder-to-Shoulder” video is designed to be used as a supplemental resource for the Army-approved suicide prevention and awareness training model, ACE (Ask, Care, Escort).  The ACE model provides targeted suicide prevention awareness training, aimed specifically at Soldiers, Leaders, DA Civilians, and Family Members through separate modules.
 
    The video features several real-life Army community members who have dealt with the issue of suicide personally or within their family. The video can be viewed at  http://www.armyg1.army.mil/hr/suicide/default.asp. Watch it today and learn how to help family members and those in your community.
 
   

Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, Commandant

Commandant greets USAWC community
 
August 2, 2010 --  I am thrilled to be back at the U.S. Army War College!  The USAWC was Maggie’s and my #1 choice on our assignment dream sheet.  There’s no place we’d rather be and no mission we’d rather be a part of than here with you.  My choice is shaped by great experience here as student and faculty member – and, by the challenge of the Army War College’s relevant, crucial and demanding mission to develop, prepare and support strategic leaders.  Bottom line:  we love the USAWC and the greater Carlisle community.
 
    Maggie and I are grateful for the opportunity to live and serve here again. This is truly a community of excellence. The Garrison Command team executes top-notch support to our mission and to our Families. Every day, our Garrison team proves the Army’s commitment to quality support, services, and programs. Small, unseen acts of kindness, respect and professional excellence have greeted me and fellow newcomers.
 
    The importance of our mission here is humbling. During my years at the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence (the other end of our “Leader Development rainbow” from the USAWC), my command principles were: make our PEOPLE the main effort while working together as a TEAM in executing our MISSION; support the nation’s military objectives and win the current fight; build strong people and families; help sustain the all-volunteer force - a national treasure. Those mandates are all the more significant here where we further shape those who will serve and lead at the strategic level, and set the conditions for success of our  magnificent young troopers, NCO’s and officers we trained at Fort Leonard Wood and other great training centers.
 
   The relevance of the Army War College is demonstrated worldwide through our graduates and through the quality of knowledge that the college sends forth to every combatant command and the Pentagon. We are shaping the strategic landscape.
 
    The impact of the USAWC educational experience is a direct outgrowth of an extraordinary community here of teachers, researchers, analysts, technology experts, emergency services personnel, administrators, librarians, historians, housing specialists, chaplains, fitness staff, volunteers who create a one-of-a-kind Family post, and retirees who have influenced an enduring sense of supportive community.  And the Army War College is blessed to be in the wonderful town of Carlisle and Cumberland County, here in the great Commonwealth of Pennsylvania!
 
    From the Library staff whose motto is “please disturb,” to the faculty adviser who checks in with each new USAWC student, to the energetic staffer at Thorpe Gym who explains everything with a cheerful, helpful attitude, you are part of a tremendous campaign to develop the next generation of America’s strategic leaders. It takes an incredible collection of talented, committed people to excel at the four core tasks of our complex mission – to educate, to research and publish, to support Army strategic communication, and to support the operational force.
 
    The relationship between military personnel and the American people is critical.  It matters that they understand what we do in support of our national security. The job is ours — yours and mine — to execute our mission and to be accountable to the American people.  My ‘dance card’ is filling up with engagements: I expect that you too will seek the audiences and opportunities to help America better understand the value and competence of our military forces. You can get that strategic point across through the story of your own experiences and your unit members’ and by sharing what you’re learning here as well as the key findings and recommendations of your strategic research. 
 
    Together, as a “whole-of-USAWC team” — uniformed military, civilians, contractors, Families, retirees and community; the College, SSI, CSL, APFRI, PKSOI, AHEC, Garrison, Dunham Health and Dental Clinics, AAFES and Commissary teams — we will accomplish our crucial mission of educating, developing and serving strategic leaders for the Nation.  We will demonstrate our value through the professional excellence and quality of our graduates and our knowledge.  Together, let’s be the best we can be, and help tell both the Army and the USAWC story of who we are, what we believe in and our value to the Nation.
 
    Thanks for who you are, and for all you’ve done, are doing, and will do!  Maggie and I look forward to serving with you!
 
    Prudens Futuri!  Army Strong!

Amanda Keene, Army War College Public Affairs

Local resources for hunting, fishing, boating

July 29, 2010 – You can satisfy your love of hunting, fishing and boating recreation by looking no further than the surrounding region of central Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Game Commission

Military members who are not Pa. residents but have been stationed in Pennsylvania for more than 30 days can apply for a resident license.  The Game Commission Licensing Office recommends that service members visit the county treasurer’s office, rather than commercial agencies, because they are more efficient at working with non-residents.

The fee for a base resident hunting license is $20.70; a non-resident base license is $101.70.  Separate licenses are required for hunting antlerless deer, migratory birds, bears and other animals.

The public game lands available in Cumberland County are State Game Land 169, Upper Mifflin Township; State Game Land 305, South Middleton Township; and State Game Land 230, North Middleton Township.

For more information and maps of state game lands, visit the Pa. Game Commission’s website at www.pgc.state.pa.us or call 814-643-1831 to speak with a representative from the South-Central Regional Office.

Image courtesy of David Buceta, Metro Productions Graphics

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission

There are several resources in Carlisle and the surrounding areas for fishing and boating recreation.  The closest is LeTort stream, a destination trout stream which runs through Carlisle and the Carlisle Barracks.  Fishing is permitted on post, but you must possess a valid fishing license before doing so.  Wading or swimming in the stream is prohibited.

The local Yellow Breeches stream located in Boiling Springs is also a destination stream for catch and release, popular for fly-fishing. Adjacent is Children’s Lake, located on the Appalachian Trail.  Children's Lake and its surroundings are a public asset, providing picnicking, fishing, walking and other recreation to residents and visitors.  This body of water was formed by partially damming the brook fed from 30 natural springs, including the "Bubble." The water bubbles like boiling water to the surface, at a year-round temperature of 52°F, from caverns that are estimated to be as much as 1,800 feet below the surface.  It is one of the largest springs in the United States, yielding 24,000 gallons of water a day.

Other water resources close to Carlisle are the 696-acre Pine Grove Furnace State Park, set in southern Cumberland County and the Susquehanna River, which separates Cumberland and Dauphin counties.   Surrounded by Michaux State Forest, Pine Grove Furnace features two lakes, 25-acre Laurel Lake and 1.7-acre Fuller Lake, and the Appalachian Trail.  Pine Grove Furnace offers swimming, boating, fishing, and canoe and boat rentals.

The Susquehanna River, at approximately 444 miles long, it is the longest river on the American east coast that drains into the Atlantic Ocean, its watershed it is the 16th largest river in the United States, and the longest river in the continental United States without commercial boat traffic.  The Susquehanna offers warm-water fishing and boating for rowboats to large pontoons.  Unpowered boats do not require registration in Pennsylvania, but you must possess a launch permit.  You can gain public access to the Susquehanna from City Island in Harrisburg, or on the “west shore” (Cumberland County) in West Fairfield Township.

Raystown Lake is a 29,000 acre project with 12 public access areas, a 8,000 acre lake, picnic areas, beaches, boat launches, campgrounds, trails, hunting, fishing, marina concession stands and is operated and maintained by the Army Corps of Engineers.  'Raystown Country' offers an excellent opportunity for boating at Raystown Lake. There are no restrictions of horsepower or boat size on the lake. And although the largest privately owned boat is a 70 ft, you will see canoes, jet skis, small fishing boats and even inner tubes on the lake.  The lake rarely freezes completely, so boaters can enjoy the lake almost year round. Boat rentals are available at the two marinas on the lake. There are also numerous winter activities available at Raystown Lake.

Anyone wishing to operate a jet ski or 62+ horsepower watercraft must possess a Boating Safety ticket license.  If you have a similar valid license from another state, it will be recognized by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

LeTort Stream, which runs through Carlisle Barracks, in the spring.

A Pennsylvania fishing license is required for anyone over the age of 16.  Military members stationed in Pennsylvania are eligible for a resident license ($22.70), just provide a copy of your orders.  A non-resident license is $52.70.  You can purchase a license online or at your local Wal-Mart, bait-n-tackle stores, or county office.  If you are a military member who has been deployed in the last 24 months, you are eligible for a reduced price license ($2); just provide proof of your deployment.

For more information and geographical maps with graphic overlays of available fishing and boating locations, visit www.fish.state.pa.us. For specific questions, call the Pa. Fish and Boat Commission at 717-486-7087 to speak with a waterways conservation officer.

 

Letterkenny Army Depot

Located thirty miles south on Interstate 81, the 21,000 square miles designated as Letterkenny Army Depot in Franklin County is available to military members.

To take advantage of the hunting and fishing at Letterkenny, you must go through an application process, which includes a fee of $30.50 plus $7.00 for a fishing permit, and already possess a valid Pennsylvania hunting and/or fishing license.  The window for applications is closing fast, so get your application in to be eligible for special hunting day’s drawings!

Hunting and fishing areas are open six days a week, and special hunting and fishing areas are only open on Sundays and federal holidays.  Letterkenny boasts a large deer population, so the chance of bringing one home is good!

For more information, contact the Natural Resources Manager, Mr. Craig Kindlin at 717-267-8832 or craig.m.kindlin@us.army.mil. 

 

Fort Indiantown Gap

Located forty miles north on Interstate 81, the 18,000 acres of land designated as Fort Indiantown Gap in Lebanon County is also available to military members.

To use Fort Indiantown Gap for hunting, trapping, fishing (in Training Areas closed to the general public), or wood gathering, you must attend a one-time Outdoor Recreation Orientation and Safety Brief.  The remaining 2010 dates are:  August 15 at 2p.m.; August 17 at 7p.m.; September 14 at 7p.m.; and September 19 at 7p.m.

The Outdoor Recreation Orientation and Safety Brief will be held at Building 8-80 (Academic Center) located on Service Road, just east of the stoplight on Fisher Avenue.  Signs will be posted to assist in finding Building 8-80.

Anyone over the age of 16 must pay a $25 fee for access to Fort Indiantown Gap resources.  Both registration and fee are good until Spring Turkey Season 2011.  The access fee is waived for participants under 16 years old.  The fees are used for the protection, conservation and management of fish and wildlife, including habitat restoration and improvement, biologist staff and support costs, and related activities, such as communicating with the public.

For more information, visit the Fort Indiantown Gap website: www.milvet.state.pa.us/DMVA/2920.htm


iWATCH Carlisle Barracks

August is antiterrorism awareness month

It has been nearly nine years since terrorism was brought home to America, and the threat continues to this day. Many of us living and working at Carlisle Barracks like to think that terrorist activity couldn’t happen here, but it is always a possibility.  "Home-based terrorism is here," Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security, said recently. "And like violent extremism abroad, it will be part of the threat picture we must now confront."

To help combat terrorism the Army has adopted iWATCH Army.  iWATCH is a nation-wide high tech version of the neighborhood watch program, and focuses on terrorist activity.  iWATCH is designed to educate the Army community on the indicators of terrorist activity and to encourage the reporting of suspicious behavior to either the Military Police or local law enforcements agencies.

"IWATCH is an antiterrorism awareness program that Soldiers, family members and the civilian workforce throughout our communities, both on and off installations, should all be familiar with to promote and enhance reporting suspicious activity or behavior," said Jim Kirkland, TRADOC's antiterrorism officer. "If it doesn't look right, then it probably isn't. If you see something, say something."

“Everyone plays a key role in force protection," said Tom Vinette, Carlisle Barracks iWATCH coordinator.  "Even a minute detail being reported can stop an incident from happening." And, “sometimes the information is clearer through children’s eyes, and that is why it is important for them to be educated and aware as well.”

 Throughout the month residents of the Carlisle community will see displays and posters with information on how you can keep your community safe.

If you see anything suspicious there are four ways to make a report:

  1. Call 717-245-4619/4289
  2. Call the Carlisle Barracks police station at: 717-245-4115/3465
  3.  Call 911 in the event of an emergency
  4. Fill out the Suspicious Activity Report (SAR) online.

The SAR can be found at the Carlisle Barracks Garrison website: http://carlislebarracks.carlisle.army.mil/default.cfm You will not be required to leave your name if you do not want to.


The types of activities and behaviors for all to be aware of include:

*Strangers asking questions about security or building security procedures;

*Briefcase, suitcase, backpack or package left behind;

*Cars or trucks left in no-parking zones in front of important buildings;

*Chemical smells or fumes.
 

For more information visit the Carlisle Barracks iWathc site at http://carlislebarracks.carlisle.army.mil/iWatch/index.cfm