Banner Archive for August 2011

Fall Yard Sale Sept. 10


Carlisle Barracks will host a FALL YARD SALE on Sat., Sept. 10 from 7am to 2pm, throughout the post & in parking lot of AAFES.

The yard sale is open to the public.

Individuals requiring space at the AAFES parking lot call 245-4029/4343.

Only Carlisle Barracks residents, students, staff or valid ID Card Holders (retirees & Department of the Army civilians) may participate as vendors. 

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

Carlisle Barracks residents may set-up displays in their yards.

Domestic Abuse – What You Need to Know

Thursday, September 8, noon – 2 pm at Delaney Clubhouse

Join Dr. Wanda Filer, nationally recognized healthcare expert, motivational speaker and former Physician General of Pennsylvania for an informative discussion on how common childhood traumas effect individuals throughout their lives. 

Childhood traumas may include; physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, alcohol and/or drug abuser in the home, incarcerated household member, chronically depressed individual in the home, abuse between parents, one or no parents and emotional or physical neglect.   Anyone who is a parent, lives with a child or works with children would find this program very beneficial.

Please feel free to bring a brown bag lunch.  This presentation is free and open to the public.  To register contact  Army Community Service, Family Advocacy Program at 245-3775/4357.

Hurricane Irene causes minimal damage on Carlisle Barracks

A tree fell near a home on Craig Ave. as a result of Hurricane Irene. Several trees lost limbs as a result of the storm, but no major structural damage was reported on Carlisle Barracks.  


Aug. 29, 2011 --  Strong winds and heavy rainfall dominated the East Coast this weekend as a result of Hurricane Irene, knocking out power  to thousands. The effects of the storm were felt on Carlisle Barracks as well.

“Carlisle Barracks lost a number of mature trees,” said Tom Kelly, Public Works director. “The overall damage to structures and facilities was minimal and both DPW and Balfour Beatty Communities will continue to remove downed trees and limbs until work is complete.”

Carlisle saw about 1.5 inches of rain over the weekend, but other parts of the county received more than 2 inches. The hardest-hit areas in the county were Camp Hill, East Pennsboro, Silver Spring, Hampden, Middlesex, and New Cumberland with each of those areas having more than 1,000 customers without power at some point during the storm.

 A DPW truck hauls away downed limbs.

Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos, USAWC Public Affairs

Carlisle Barracks hosts 23rd Annual Job Fair

A Cumberland Valley resident speaks to representatives from Select Medical Corporation during the 23rd Annual Job Fair held at Carlisle Barracks.  Photo by Suzanne Reynolds.

More than 1,000 job seekers, armed with resumes, made their way to the U.S. Army War College for the 23rd Annual Job Fair on Aug. 25.

Forty-three Cumberland Valley businesses from various fields, from finance to law enforcement, came to the fair to interview applicants.  Many of the potential employers were impressed with the applicants.

"I've met a ton of really quality people with great people skills, a good variety of backgrounds and yea, I think there is some good potential," said Robin Iasaacson, Primerica.

“Several organizations have already contacted me about potential hires from the job fair on Thursday,” said Jeff Hanks, the Job Fairs coordinator.

 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 call 717-245-3684. 


School Bus locations

The first day of school is fast approaching for Carlisle Barracks kids.  The school bus will make nine stops on post.  The high school and middle school busses will be on post between 6:55 and 7:20 a.m. and the elementary school buses will pick up kids between 8 and 8:20 a.m.


Bus stop locations

Bus Stop 1 – Chickamauga Dr. between 10003A and 10005B

Bus Stop 2 – Corner of Chickamauga and Thomas Dr.

Bus Stop 3 - Corner of Craig and Butler Roads

Bus Stop 4 – On Forbes Ave. in front of Young Hall

Bus Stop 5 – Garrison Ave. near Guard House Lane

Bus Stop 6 – Marshall Road in between 254B & 256A

Bus Stop 7 – Marshall Road in between 226 & 228

Bus Stop 8 – In front of Root Hall Gym

Bus Stop 9 – Across the street from the Youth Service building, (637 Liggett Road)

Bus stop locations are marked with a yellow diamond shaped sign that says, “School Bus Stop” and then a number.

“On Aug. 29, there will be guides at each bus stop,” said Jacqueline Shultz, CYSS Liaison, Education and Outreach Services Director.  “They will be equipped with a by-name roster for each bus and each bus stop.” 

The Carlisle Sentinel will also publish a bus stop guide in the Aug. 21 issue.

Parents can also call Jacqueline Shultz at 245-4638 after Aug. 22 to find out which bus stop their child needs to go to.

Road patching to occur week of Aug. 29

During the week of Aug. 29, the Public Works department will be performing asphalt road patches throughout the installation. Patching will not require street closing but motorists and pedestrians should be aware of work in progress.

Dunham Clinic closures for FY 12


October 2011

10 – Columbus Day Holiday


November 2011

11– Veteran’s Day Holiday

24– Thanksgiving Day Holiday

25 – Training Holiday


December 2011

23 – Training Holiday

26 – Christmas Day Holiday (Federal Holiday observed)

30 – Training Holiday


January 2012

2 – New Year’s Day Holiday (Federal Holiday observed)

16 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Holiday


February 2012

20 – President’s Day Holiday


March 2012


April 2012


May 2012

28 – Memorial Day Holiday


June 2012


July 2012

4 – Independence Day Holiday

5 – Training Holiday


August 2012


September 2012

3 – Labor Day Holiday

International Fellows celebrate Iftar

Aug. 25, 2011 -- The Class of 2012 International Fellows celebrated Iftar, the meal that breaks the day of fasting for Ramadan,  Aug. 24 at 7:55 p.m., at the Letort View Community Center.

Muslims worldwide abstain from food and drink  from dawn to sunset, when families gather for the fast-breaking meal known as Iftar. Iftar was a time of fellowship with families, friends and community this year at Carlisle Barracks.

The event was organized by  Maj. Gen. Udaya Perera, the International Fellows President, in collaboration with a committee headed by Brig. Gen. Sami Kafawin.

The full International Fellows class joined with Muslim colleagues in breaking the fast, followed by prayers by the Muslim members of the community gathering. The food array represented selections from 66 countries.  

Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs
Dempsey challenges students to take advantage of USAWC experience


Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chief of Staff of the Army, talks to Army War College students in Bliss Hall Aug. 18.  He spoke to the Army War College Class of 2012 about leadership lessons, challenges they will face and skills they will need to develop. Photo by Megan Clugh.

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Aug. 18, 2011 -- Gen. Martin Dempsey, Army Chief of Staff and the next Chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff, spoke to the Army War College Class of 2012 about leadership lessons, challenges they will face and skills to develop in Bliss Hall Aug. 18.

 “We are going to have to think our way out of the challenges we face today,” said Dempsey about the 368 students and international fellows. “We are giving them an opportunity and we need them to take the time to think about these issues during their time here at the Army War College. “

“I can think of no one better qualified to speak to us about this topic,” said student Lt. Col. Joe Gleichenhaus. “He brings a wealth of knowledge from his experiences that we can all learn from.”

Dempsey discussed the fiscal, organizational and operational challenges the students will face as they continue their careers. Some of the students in the room will one day serve in positions like his, he noted, and must take advantage of time here to “get smart” on how to analyze complex issues.

He advised students to become students of history since many of the challenges that will face them are not new but are “variations on the theme.” 

Dempsey took time to thank the faculty, with whom he has worked with in his roles at the Training and Doctrine Commander and CSA and acknowledged the joint and international students who will play a key role in their future. 

Army War College Background

The Army War College develops, inspires and serves strategic leaders for the wise and effective application of national power in a joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational environment, emphasizing development and employment of land power.

Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs
Ft. Hood police chief shares lessons learned

Retired Lt. Col. David Ross, Ft. Hood Police Chief, spoke with Carlisle Barracks and Carlisle community first responders Aug. 11 as part of Anti-Terrorism Awareness Month. He shared lessons learned about incident response from the Nov. 2009 shooting and how training and preparation for first responders has changed. Photo by Thomas Zimmerman.

Aug. 12, 2011 – August is Anti-Terrorism Awareness month and Carlisle Barracks brought in a speaker with a unique perspective on force protection issues.

Retired Lt. Col. David Ross, Chief of Police at Ft. Hood, came to Carlisle Barracks Aug. 12 and shared some of the lessons that he and his staff have learned as a result of the Nov. 5, 2009 incident.

“We took away from this horrible situation is that it’s vital, no matter who you are, to train and develop relationships with the first responders in your community,” he said. “We don’t operate in a vacuum and need to make sure that in the event a situation arises, you can work effectively as a team.”

Ross shared his experiences from that day and those that followed. He gave credit to the officers who were first on the scene for making sure the situation didn’t escalate.

“These two officers had never worked on a shift together, but since they had trained together they were able to handle the initial response until more help arrived,” he said. “They were on the scene within two minutes and it was over in less than four.”

Ross said that many factors often get overlooked in training that become issues in a real-life situation.

“Communication is key, and sometimes our systems can get quickly overloaded,” he said.

Some of the lessons learned he shared were:

  • Train with outside agencies, you can identify your shortfalls before an emergency
  • Line of communication is crucial, transfer the dispatch to the command post
  • Identify ahead of time hospitals and medical facilities that can handle trauma, acute care
  •  Develop emergency action plans for every building on your installation
  • Utilize mass notification systems to alert personnel of danger, centralize messages if possible
  • Notional is not the way to train. You need to walk through each step and train like you would operate in an actual emergency.

Ross spoke at Carlisle Barracks as part of Anti-Terrorism Awareness month.

“I heard him speak at the 2011 TRADOC Force Protection Workshop,” said Tom Vinette, Carlisle Barracks Antiterrorism Officer with the Force  Protection Division.  “An active shooter event may take place anywhere - any time.  The importance of hearing positive and negative impacts from those who have firsthand knowledge is always beneficial to a program manager.

“It is important to know what to do as the occupant of a building where an event of this magnitude may take place. Do you stay put and lock yourself in an office, run away using an evacuation plan, fight back to attempt to stop an active shooter” said Vinette. “All of the installation staff, employees, students  and families should  take an extra step to get involved, advocate the emergency plans for the installation and need to know.”

Ross also spoke with members of the Carlisle Barracks Plans and Training Division, DES staff and officers, local emergency response mission partners, and was a keynote speaker for an Incident Command (ICS-300) course at USAHEC Aug. 11.  


Raystown Striper Club hosts Wounded Warriors from seven VA Hospitals

On September 10, 2011, Wounded Warriors from seven VA Hospitals are coming to fish at Raystown Lake (Aitch).  We are expecting an increased participation of 225 plus wounded veterans.  We need your help!

Volunteers and boats are needed to escort veterans fishing and/or with boat rides. Also, needed are people to assist veterans with fishing, boarding and debarkation of the boats.  Please help us provide these veterans with an unforgettable day on the lake.
They served their country proudly, asking for nothing in return.  Help us show them how much we appreciate their service and sacrifice.
Each boat must meet all U.S. Coast Guard and state requirements. There will be a mandatory meeting at the 7-Points Visitor Center at 11 a.m., August 27 for ALL boat captains.  All volunteers and boat captains must pre-register.
The Raystown Striper Club is conservation oriented, with a keen eye toward improving fish habitat. As an organization, we have provided many man hours of service to the US Army Corps of Engineers. We build structure for fish habitat and help place them in the waters of the Raystown to benefit nesting and small fish. We have also provided many man hours toward lake clean up days, and also provided boats to remove trash and keep the water quality high and the beauty and aesthetics of Raystown like no other.
For More Information Contact:  Bob Kreiser
Raystown Striper Club, President
(814) 658-7358
Vince Lent
Raystown Striper Club, Treasurer
(816) 643-0581


Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos, USAWC public affairs

150 Years later: USAHEC prepares for winter camp


During the last weekend in September, Civil War “Soldiers” from around Pennsylvania, weary from summer fighting, will build a winter camp to sustain them as they refortify and train for the spring campaigns, on the grounds of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center as part of the Civil War 150: Going to Winter Camp on Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

In May the USAHEC Visitor and Education Center launched the exhibit, “A Great Civil War, 1861: The Union Dissolved.”  This exhibit will run until next spring.   It is the first in a series of four exhibits planned for the next five years to cover the full spectrum of the Civil War over the next five years.

“Going to Winter Camp” will feature a variety of activities including firing demonstrations, close order drills, cavalry demonstrations, a large Sutler’s Row of civilian merchants that sold non-military provisions to Soldiers, and the construction of a replica of the “Pine Cottage” cabin. 

On Friday, September 30, programs will encourage for school-aged children to look at different aspects of the Civil War throughout the event. 

Saturday’s special events include a series of lectures on Saturday, October 1, including Remembering “The War of the Rebellion” from the Emmy-Award winning filmmaker and Civil War battlefield preservationist Robert Lee Hodge.  The lectures will be located in the Visitor and Education Center along with a book sale.

The event will conclude on Sunday with military drill exhibitions and a demonstration on Civil War engineering, as well as a demonstration of a Civil War era baseball game.

The three day event is inspired by the winter of the war’s first year when both the Union and Confederate armies ceased fighting and entered winter camps due to operational conditions.  The weather conditions posed communication and supply chain problems and made maneuvering extremely difficult.  In this period of decreased activity led the armies to set up more permanent log cabin style camps, as opposed to tents or open-air camps that were used when Soldiers were on the move, and Soldiers could relax after months of fighting.    

  It gave troops an opportunity to train and prepare for the coming months of battle, as well as participate in camp activities such as sporting events card games.  Officers were allowed to bring their families to stay with them in the camps, and civilian merchants and other entrepreneurs would also set up shop near the camp to provide goods and services to the Soldiers.

Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos, USAWC Public Affairs

Skies are not the Limit: World War II veteran celebrates 90th birthday with a tandem jump at USAHEC

 See "Red" Falvey's tandem jump

April 13, 2011 - “It was absolutely wonderful,” said Richard “Red” Falvey.  “I can’t think of a better way to spend my 90thbirthday,” said Falvey after he celebrated his 90thbirthday with a tandem jump at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center today.  The jump was Falvey’s 26thjump.

“I am living the dream,” he said.

Falvey, a World War II veteran of the 506thParachute Infantry Regiment made his first combat jump on D-Day.

“Everything was helter-skelter,” said Falvey.  “13,000 men jumped into Normandy that morning, and we had an eleven minute window to jump everyone.  As I prepared to step out of the plane I saw one plane explode in a ball of fire and another spiral down to the ground.  I thought, ‘Those men never had a chance, please God, give me a fighting chance.’“

Falvey is also a veteran of Operation Market Garden, an Allied military operation fought in the Netherlands and Holland in Sept. 1944, and the Battle of the Bulge, which was the last major German offensive of World War II.

“Red” Falvey, a World War II veteran of the 506th                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Parachute Infantry Regiment, celebrates his                                                                                                                                                                           90thbirthday with a tandem jump onto the USAHEC                                                                                                                                                                grounds on Aug. 13.  Photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos.

Even though Falvey’s birthday isn’t until Aug. 21, he wanted to jump on the thirteenth because the number has significance to him. 

“The number 13, has always been significant to me,” said Falvey, as he prepared to make his 26thairplane jump on Aug. 13. 

“I made my 13thjump on Dec. 13, 1943 in England, I first stepped onto German soil on April 13, 1945, and the worst day of my life was June 13, 1944.  I was at Carentan, a bomb picked me up and threw me to the ground.  As I heard a Soldier cry out for his Mother, I remember pulling grass from my face so I could get lower.  I thought I was going to die.”

After the war, Falvey returned to the New York State railroad where he worked as a conductor until  his retirement in 1982.  In 1994, on the 50thanniversary of D-Day, Falvey returned to Normandy to participate in a ceremonial jump with fellow veterans of the war. 

Falvey tandem jumped with Mike Elliot, a member of Ranger Group LLC.

Tom Corbett, the Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, congratulates “Red” Falvey  after his successful tandem jump onto the USAHEC grounds.  Photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos.













Mike Elliot, a member of Ranger Group LLC, and Falvey execute a perfect landing at the USAHEC, after freefalling nearly 14,000 feet.  Photo by  Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos.


Army War College announces local impact of Armywide Civilian job cuts

Carlisle, Pa. [August 12, 2011] -- As part of the Army’s announced cuts of more than 8,700 people to meet decreased funding levels in the fiscal 2012 budget, the Army War College was directed to eliminate 56 Army Civilian positions no later than September 30, 2012.

Today, Col. Bobby Towery, deputy commanding officer of the Army War College, spoke to the workforce to detail the way ahead in reaching the Army manning goals while minimize the impact on individual employees.

Civilian positions identified for elimination include five of the six organizations of the Army War College, including 40 in the Army Physical Fitness Research Institute;  8 in the Center for Strategic Leadership;  3 in Strategic Studies Institute;  3 in Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute;   2 in the College.  Eleven positions currently are vacant.

Thirty of the 56 positions are at Carlisle Barracks. The 40 APFRI positions include 15 at the APFRI Annex at the Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and 11 at the Sergeants Major Course at Fort Bliss, Texas.

The 56 job cuts are likely to affect fewer than 56 people. The Army has given its commands broad personnel management to achieve reduction objectives while mitigating adverse impact on civilian employees. The command has started the analysis to determine the most effective way to reduce and reshape the workforce.

An immediate impact of the APFRI cuts is the Command’s decision to cease APFRI health and fitness assessments at each APFRI Annex.  AFPRI will turn its immediate focus on administratively closing out research records and contacting those participants already in some phase of an assessment.

The Army, according to its website, has approximately 350,000 civilian employees. The Army War College currently has 383 authorized civilian positions.

Towery expressed his commitment to the welfare of the employees and the continued mission of the U.S. Army War College.

Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs
Live utility billing to start July 1 for post residents

June 23, 2011 -- After months of mock billing, live utility billing for post residents will begin on July 1.

The DoD-wide initiative designed to help lower costs and increase energy conservation, was discussed again at a town hall meeting June 22 in Bliss Hall.

“We all have an obligation to do what we can to conserve resources and be good stewards of the environment,” said Lt. Col. Janet Holliday, garrison commander at the meeting.  The College Arms (smurf village) homes will not be included in this program.  

The utility billing means a few things for post residents. First, a monthly baseline for energy usage is calculated by averaging the consumption of occupied “like homes” in the same neighborhood each month, according to Jenny Lebowski, ista North America, who will handle the utility  monitoring for Balfour Beatty.  

"The resident’s Basic Allowance for Housing covers utility consumption up to baseline,” she said. What this means for post residents is that those who consume less than the month’s baseline can earn a rebate, those who exceed the current month baseline will be billed only for their “excess” consumption above the baseline.

Lebowski said that actual usage of homes is used to calculate the current month’s baseline, estimates would not be used.  To calculate the baseline ista does the following:

  • Remove unoccupied homes
  • Remove partial billing periods (move-in and move-outs)
  • Remove top and bottom 10% outliers
  • Calculate current average consumption
  • The average is then considered the baseline per profile

In the event of a rebate or invoice the following will be in effect:

  • Invoices over $15.00 in accrued balance will be billed monthly to the resident. (Checks, Money Orders and Credit Card Payments are accepted)
  • Invoices within threshold receive statement invoice. Balance is accrued  monthly until balance exceeds upper or lower thresholds
  • Conservation credit balances of $15.00 or more will be refunded monthly by ista North America in the form of a check mailed to the residents’ address. There are also options to pay invoices or view account information online at


Lebowski did offer some energy conservation tips that anyone can use.

  • If we turned off home computers when not in use, we could cut their CO2 impact by 8.3 million tons a year and reduce energy consumption by 1-2%.
  •  “Vampire” power can be up to 8% of a house’s bill – use power strips and turn them to OFF when not in use and unplug cell phone and iPod chargers when not charging your devices.
  •  For every degree the thermostat is set above 72 degrees, you can save 1 – 3 %.
  •  When washing clothes, by using warm or cold water to wash and always cold water to rinse you can save 4%.
  •  By turning off the dry cycle on the dishwasher and letting dished air dry you can save 1%.
  •  Use the microwave! It uses 2/3 less energy than the stove.
  •  Up to 16% of your heat can escape through unprotected windows. Close your drapes at night or install insulating shutters to retain heat.


More details on the program can be found at



Public Affairs staff report
New PKSOI journal focuses on building partner capacity

Aug. 10, 2011 – The newest Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute Peace and Stability Journal Online focuses on a concept we have heard much in the news and from DoD leadership in recent months, building partner capacity.

“It would be easy to think of Building Partner Capacity as the latest military buzzword; however, it is actually a renewed concept shaped by the Unites States’ experience and thinking over the last decade,” said Col. Cliff Crofford, PKSOI director. “In recent U.S. strategic guidance, BPC serves as a centerpiece concept focused on whole-of-government and comprehensive approaches. It is also integral to stability operations.”

In an effort to embrace Army doctrine and strategic thought, the journal explores a few unique aspects of this initiative.

  • Dr. Rich Yarger writes “Thinking Strategically about Building Capacity”
  • Prof. Raymond Millen writes “Building Intellectual Capacity in Partner Defense Forces”
  • Prof. Richard Coplen writes “Strategic Imperative for Host Country Economic Capacity Building: ‘Unity of Understanding'”
  • Jacqueline Chura-Beaver writes “Developing Host Nation Law Enforcement Capacity for Security Transition”
  • Col. John McGrath and Col. Roberto Nang wrote “Supporting the Rule of Law in Fragile States: Prison Medicine”
  • Japanese exchange officer Lt. Col. Hiroaki Takano writes “Military Support to Building Civilian Capacity : Human Resource Development Efforts by the Japanese Contingents in East Timor”
  • Capt. Bruno Himmler writes “Negative Health Impacts Related to Conflict: Identifying Key Areas for USG Engagement”
  • Col. Bryan Groves writes “Capacity Building in Korea – A Success Story”

The journal can be found online at

Suzanne Reynolds, Army War College Public Affairs

Photos by Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos, Army War College Public Affairs

Class year begins for students in the Army War College Class of 2012

Capt. Christopher Miorin, the commander of the United States Army Drill Team, and Harrisburg native, walks in between the rifles of his team.


The Class of 2012, the largest class to date, began classes on Aug. 1 and will be in residence through graduation on June 9, 2012, when the students earn a USAWC diploma and Master of Strategic Studies degree. 

 The Army War College develops, inspires and serves strategic leaders for the wise and effective application of national power in a joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational environment, emphasizing development and employment of land power.   

The USAWC is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Class of 2012 breakdown

  The Class of 2012 consists of 368 students, including 67 International Fellows, who are senior military officers from countries friendly to the U.S.

  The largest single category of students is the 210 Army officers from active, Reserve and Guard components.  The U.S. military officers enrolled in the class are board selected and typically have approximately 20 years of service, having reached the rank of lieutenant colonel or colonel or the equivalent rank depending on the military branch.



Members of the Army War College class of 2012 and their families arrive at Indian Field to watch the Opening Ceremonies.


 The American officers include 32 Air Force active, Reserve and Guard; 15 Navy active and Reserve; 18 Marine Corps, active and Reserve); and one Coast Guard officer. 

  Twenty-five high-ranking civilians from the Defense Department, the Defense Intelligence Agency, Department of the Army, Department of State, the National Security Agency, Department of Homeland Security, and the Veterans’ Administration are also in attendance.

  The 2012 International Fellows represent the following countries:  Afghanistan, Algeria, Australia, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burundi, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Germany, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Korea, Kuwait, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Mexico, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Nepal, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan(2), the Philippines, Poland, Romania, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Yemen and Zambia.

                                                 The Fife and Drum Corps marches on to Indian Field.


Opening Ceremony for the USAWC Class of 2012

  The Opening Ceremony for the Army War College Class of 2012 was held on Aug. 5 at Indian Field.

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



Members of the Army War College Class of 2012 watch the Opening Ceremonies.


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

The Army War College opening ceremony is the only time that these three prestigious units of the Army perform outside of the National Capitol Region.







Maj. Gen. Udaya Perera, International Fellows President, Col. Bobby Towery, Deputy Commandant, Army War College and Col. Robert W. Bennett, President of the Class of 2012, watch the Opening Ceremonies.










Two of the members of the Army Drill Team demonstrate synchronized rifle spinning during the Opening Ceremonies.















 Members of the 3rd United States Infantry (The Old Guard) stand in formation before the pass and review.








As the Drill Team marches off the field they execute the overhead rifle toss.

Photos by Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos and Scott Finger

Seminar 24 wins Boat Yard Wars

While Seminar 24 may be the last seminar numerically they proved they were first after winning Boat Yard Wars.  The event, which is both a teambuilding exercise and a way for students and their families to meet each other, divides the class into their seminars to build boats out of cardboard and duct tape.  Once they are built, two members from each seminar board the boat and race them across the pool as their seminar mates and families cheer them on. 



























Comprehensive Soldier Fitness (CSF) Program Extended to Family Members       

Family members play a significant role in a Soldier's life by supporting their resilience and well-being. Family members now have the opportunity to participate in the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness (CSF) program by taking the Revised Family Global Assessment Tool (GAT) and self-development modules.

The GAT is available to family members registered in DEERS.  They can log on from any computer with internet connection at the following site  The 82 question survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. All component spouses are encouraged to take the GAT 

 As an incentive for taking the Family GAT, the Exchange will give a coupon valid at Exchange base Subway Restaurants ® for one six inch sandwich or salad, valid until 31 August.  Guard and Reserve Families taking the GAT from the survey they follow the link will sign up for the Exchange Weekly Online E-Commerce Newsletter.  Once the signup is competed they will receive a code for 10% off their next online purchase.

WW2 veteran tandem airborne jump scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 13

A veteran combat parachutist of D-Day, June 6, 1944, Operation Market Garden of September 17-25, 1944, and the Battle of the Bulge, 16 December 1944 – 24 January 1945, will celebrate his 90th birthday with a tandem parachute jump, Aug. 13.

World War II veteran Richard “Red” Falvey, in tandem with veteran Golden Knight Sergeant First Class [retired] Mike Elliott, along with six other members of the Ranger Group Parachute Team, plan to do an airborne tandem jump into a landing zone on the Army Heritage Trail in Carlisle, Pa., now scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 13 at 12:30 p.m.

The second Airborne Soldier out of plane # 49 on D-Day, Falvey was a Soldier who trained with and dropped into Normandy with Easy Company, 2ndBattalion, 506thParachute Infantry Regiment, assigned to the U.S. Army’s 101stAirborne Division. Easy Company was the unit made famous by the book, Band of Brothers.  Falvey received 16 medals including the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Battle of the Bulge Medal.

The Army Heritage & Education Center will celebrate Falvey’s service with an educational presentation on the D-Day invasion with guest speaker retired Brig. Gen. Harold Nelson, the Army’s former Chief of Military History; and an introduction to the AHEC collection and materials from D-Day and Operation Overlord.

In addition, the 506thParachute Infantry Regiment re-enactment group will be on the Heritage trail conducting educational programs on the regiment and Falvey’s service during the war.

The schedule of event is as follows:









Meet and Greet  WW2 veteran‘ Red’ Falvey and the Ranger Group Parachute Team



Lecture: "Development of US Army Airborne Capabilities And WWII Airborne Operations," BG (Ret.) Harold Nelson Former Chief of Military History, Center of Military History



A History of Red Falvey and the 506th PIR, 506th PIR Re-enactment Group

WWII Core Area - Army Heritage Trail


Parachute jump, Red Falvey and Ranger Group Parachute Team

Heritage Trail USAHEC


Post event meet and greet with Red and the Ranger Group Parachute Team

Heritage Trail USAHEC



The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center archives one of the largest collections of U.S. Military items, with a collection of over 15 million historical pieces, some dating to the 16thcentury.  The Center is an all-in-one facility with on-site storage and preservation of historical items , along with a museum and historical trail where a variety of uniforms, weapons, documents, buildings and vehicles are linked to the stories of Soldiers and units.  The history center is part of the U.S. Army War College, the premier educational institute for senior leaders of the U.S. Armed Forces. 

The Army Heritage & Education Center is 20 miles south of Harrisburg, at 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle, PA, 17013.  All AHEC events are free and open to the public. Learn more at www.usahec.orgor join the community at!/usahec.

Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos, USAWC Public Affairs

Soldiers find success transitioning to civilian life with ACAP

Aug. 9, 2011- At some point in their career most Soldiers will have to make the transition from Soldier to civilian.  To ease the process the Army created the Army Career and Alumni Program, as well as the Transition Assistance Program to provide transition and job assistance services to the Soldiers and their family members.

“The decision to transition out of uniform is as important as the initial decision to put it on,” said Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, U.S. Army Installation Management Command commander. “Soldiers deserve as much support at this critical point in their service as they do with earlier parts of their career. That is why the Army is working to make ACAP even more effective.”

ACAP services include pre-separation counseling, Veteran Affairs benefits briefings, and Department of Labor Transition Assistance Program workshops, which cover career planning, job searches, resume writing and interviewing. The services are available to separating and retiring Active Component Soldiers, demobilizing Reserve and National Guard Soldiers, family members, retirees, and civilians affected by BRAC, reduction in force or Global Realignment.

The Carlisle Barracks ACAP/TAP programs are run by Jeff Hanks, the Employment & Transition Assistance Program manager, who makes sure that the transitioning Soldiers and their families get far more than the minimum requirements that the Army mandates.

“The program here, by far and away, exceeds the Army standard,” said Elton Manske, the director of the Carlisle Barracks Department of Human Resources.

Under the current guidelines, Soldiers spend 60-70 hours accessing ACAP resources said Lynch.  These resources include the pre-separation briefing, the two-and-a-half day Transition Assistance Program workshop, the four-hour VA briefing and individual counseling sessions.

“Our TAP work shop is four and a half days,” said Hanks.  “We force feed you like a fire house and give you all the tools you need to put into your tool box and make the transition smooth.

“There is no way you can cover everything in two and a half days,” said Staff Sgt. Michael Abney, who completed the Carlisle Barracks TAP course in July.  “It is still a lot of information for four days but at least in the four days, everything was spaced out to give the Solders the opportunity to ask questions and follow up on things.  Even though I have already taken the class, I am trying to get into another TAPS class before I retire in April because they through so much information at us, I couldn’t digest it all.”

“During the workshop we cover Veterans benefits and entitlements, as well as resume writing and interview techniques,” said Hanks.  “We also teach the Soldiers how to ‘dress for success’ by bringing in local retailers who educate the Soldiers on what types of suits to buy and how to maximize their wardrobe.  The workshop concludes with an employer panel made up of six to nine local employers who reconfirm everything we have taught and they also sit on mock-interview boards to help prepare the Soldiers.”

“I thought the ‘dress for success’ class was beneficial,” said Abney.   “I thought you could just put on a suit, but there is more to it.”

“The ACAP office is awesome,” said Sgt. 1stClass Pam Murphy, who went through the course in July 2010.  “Not only do you get tips on what types of business clothes to wear but Jeff (Hanks) brings in “dressers” from are realtors to show you how to style up your outfits so you can maximize your wardrobe.”

Soldiers are not the only people that can benefit from ACAP. 

“We encourage the spouses to come as well, because they are also transitioning out of the Army,” said Hanks.  “We can help them understand the benefits and entitlements as well as help them with the transition.”

ACAP also serves a retention tool. 

“About four out of 10 eligible Soldiers who start ACAP decide to reenlist or join the National Guard or Reserves,” said Lynch. 

“We scare some of the Soldiers,” said Hanks.  “They may think that they are the best Soldier ever, but some of the Soldiers are not as prepared as they think for civilian life.  While some military jobs have a direct civilian counterpart, many do not.  “Those Soldiers may be better utilizing their GI Bill to go to college or reenlisting.”

“This course more than prepared me to transition to civilian life,” said Murphy.

If you are retiring in less than two years, or if you are separating in less than a year, your first step in making a successful transition is to call Jeff Bobo, the Carlisle Barracks department of Human Resources transition technician at 245-3894. Contact Jeff Hanks at 245-3684 to schedule yourself for the next available TAP course.

Summer Sense – 101 Days of Summer – Army Substance Abuse Program


“Alcohol, Medications and Older People”– information provided by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.


Someone you care about has a problem.


You’re concerned – and with just cause. An older close friend or family member is taking medications and drinking alcohol at the same time. Or your loved one may have a medical condition that can be made worse because of alcohol.


What can I do?


The first step is to see if your loved one is aware of the situation. Does your older friend or relative know about the possible dangers of taking medications and alcohol together – or is he or she aware and just doesn’t care? Does your loved one know that alcohol can make an existing medical condition worse – or does it just not matter to him or her?


Share the facts.


Many changes happen to one’s body and health as he or she gets older – it’s a fact of life. The body takes longer to break down alcohol and that means it stays in your system longer. This can cause an older adult to have a different – and sometimes severe – reaction to alcohol than they did in the past.


The House of Representatives Select Committee on Aging Report, 1992 - 83% of adults age 65 and older take at least one prescription drug.  Over half of all prescriptions for older adults contain a sedative that can make you sleepy. Drinking alcohol while taking these drugs can be especially dangerous as a person gets older.


Your loved one can develop new health problems as he or she ages. Or existing health problems can become worse. Alcohol can make the problem worse, sometimes life-threatening-even cause new problems to occur.


In fact, if your older friend or relative has diabetes, gout, ulcers or chronic indigestion, he or she should check with a physician or pharmacist before drinking any alcohol at all.


A dangerous mix.


Alcohol – in combination with drugs or herbals – can impair judgment, speed up or slow down the effects of the drugs, and cause drowsiness.


Alcohol in combination with antibiotics can result in symptoms which include headache, rapid pulse, vomiting, heart palpations and breathing too fast.


Alcohol can irritate your bladder and cause you to urinate more often. This can make an older adult more prone to heat stress.


Is it the aging process or alcohol? 


In addition to the dangers of mixing alcohol with medications, your loved one should know how alcohol affects the overall aging process.


Problems he or she might blame on aging, (such as insomnia, depression, memory loss or decreased sex drive), might instead be caused by alcohol use or abuse.


Alcohol use can also harm older adults in other ways. Alcohol may affect one’s ability to digest food which could lead to malnutrition. The liver can be damaged by alcohol misuse. Alcohol could cause loss of coordination and balance which could lead to falls and broken bones.


Find out the reason behind their drinking.


If your loved one is ignoring the potential dangers of mixing alcohol and drugs – or is drinking more alcohol than before – help them take an honest look at why their habits have changed.


Has there been a life-changing event such as the death of a spouse, failing health, retirement, or loss of independence? Has his or her self-esteem dropped? Does your loved one have too much free time, spend too much time alone or have a previous history of depression?


What can you do to help?


If someone close to you has experienced a difficult change or loss, you can use your relationship with them as a tool to help them through their tough times.


Become a bigger part of their daily lives and routines. Make time for activities with them, finding new things for them to enjoy and occupy their time. Most importantly, look for changes in behavior or appearance that may suggest the beginning of a problem with alcohol.


If you think there might be an alcohol abuse problem, seek the advice of a professional before you talk about the subject with your loved one.


A professional counselor, especially one trained in the special need of older individuals as well as alcohol abuse, can help you approach the issue with your loved one. That professional can also guide you and your friend or relative to the help he or she needs. The blue pages of the phone book have listings of resources including: psychological professionals, social service agencies and local health departments.


Your interest and effort in helping your loved one could make a big difference in returning them to a safer, healthier lifestyle.


For assistance or additional information contact the Prevention office at 245 – 4576 or check out the PA Department of Aging at:

Soldiers to begin 2012 with nine-month deployments

August 5, 2011

By Rob McIlvaine


ARLINGTON, Va. (Army News Service, August 5, 2011) -- Beginning Jan. 1, most Soldiers will deploy for nine months, meaning more time at home with their families.

Secretary of the Army John McHugh signed a directive instituting a nine-month "boots on the ground" policy for deployed Soldiers, providing more "dwell" time at home for Soldiers and families.

"Implementation of this change is based on the projected demand for Army forces, and remains contingent on global security conditions and combatant commanders' requirements," said Lt. Col. Peggy Kageleiry, an Army spokesperson.

Corps units and above, and individual augmentee deployments will remain at 12-month deployments.

The goal for the corps units is to eventually get to nine-month deployments.

Most augmentees -- those with particular skills or those in low density skill sets and grades -- will remain on 12-month deployments.

This change in policy, to be fully implemented by April 1, will affect Soldiers in all named operations, including Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, Operation Noble Guardian in Kosovo, and Multi-National Forces Sinai in Egypt.

Reserve and National Guard unit tour lengths will be the same as active duty -- nine months. In their case, though, deployment and mobilization are two different issues. Even though these units may still be mobilized for 12 or more months, they will only spend nine months of that mobilization deployed.

It is clear to Army senior leadership that there are still issues tied to Guard and Reserve Forces that will need to be worked out, said Kageleiry.

Soldiers deploying under the change in policy will not be granted environmental morale leave -- known as R&R;, but commanders will retain the option of granting emergency leave and leave for special circumstances, according to Army regulations and local policy.

"This policy will enhance operational success by reducing the friction that comes with having 10 percent of a commander's personnel being away on leave in the middle of a deployment," Kageleiry said.

"Operational continuity is enhanced and risk to the individual Soldier is reduced by not having to move a warrior around on the battlefield to go on leave," she said.

Also, Kageleiry said, the reduced deployment length could potentially improve Soldier and family quality of life while continuing to meet operational requirements, and is an important step in sustaining the all-volunteer force.

The goal of the policy is to reduce the amount of time Soldiers are deployed and provide more time for them to spend with their families, depending on the needs of the combatant commander and the potential of decrease operations. Units deployed before the policy takes effect, January 2012, will continue to have 12 month deployments.

Currently, deployment has been 12 months with a goal of 24 months at home.

However, the Army will continue to review how to increase the amount of time Soldiers spend at home depending on the amount of time they are deployed.

"We are constantly analyzing all range of policies to address the issues of the mission, Soldiers, and Families. We believe that the current operational environment allows us to adjust the deployment policy in a way that meets all mission requirements and better serve our Soldiers and Families," Kageleiry said.

Military Family Program--Dress for Success
  Learn how to choose the right attire for any occasion by attending the USAWC annual Dress for Success Workshop on Aug. 2, 8:30-10:30 a.m. or 1-3 p.m. (attend one or the other session). Sponsored by the Military Family Program, a professional Image Consultant will address the business wardrobe standards for both, men and women, as well as the lesser standards of business casual and casual attire.  The consultant will present examples of a professional wardrobe, discuss dressing "rich" while staying within a budget, and provide buying tips.  A strong professional image is paramount to leaving a lasting initial impression.
Summer 2011 County Fair
   This annual event is for newcomers to Carlisle Barracks (Class of 2012 students and their families, and new employees) to learn more about on-post activities and many downtown businesses. 
  This year's event will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 3 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.  More than 110 Downtown businesses will be located in the Letort View Community Center; Family Morale, Welfare, and Recreation activities--Thorpe Hall Gym; and Community Support activities--Thorpe Hall Gym and tents along Lovell Avenue.
  Due to the traffic congestion in the County Fair area, everyone is encouraged to use the shuttle bus, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., at the following locations (signs will be posted):  PX, intersection of Jim Thorpe Road--entrance to the Meadows, and Building 632, off Wright Avenue and Butler Road.
Changes to take effect on Thorpe Hall gym, Post roads, parking lots.
  Thorpe Hall gym:  The basketball court will be closed starting at noon on Tuesday, Aug. 2.  The second floor cardio area and the weight room will remain open.  The entire facility will be closed on Wednesday, Aug. 3 and return to normal operations on Thursday, August 4.
  Post Roads:  Lovell Avenue from Ashburn Drive to Guardhouse Lane will be closed on Wednesday, Aug. 3, from 6-9 a.m.  Exception:   Downtown businesses and Post activity representatives.  During that time Lovell Avenue will be one-way from the intersection of Ashburn Drive to Flower Road.
From 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Lovell Avenue will remain closed between Pratt Avenue and Guardhouse Lane.
  Parking:  The front row parking spaces in the lot between buildings 314-315 and along Letort Spring Run will be reserved for Downtown businesses.
APFRI Health Day
  APFRI Health Day will be held Thursday, Aug. 4, 8 a.m.-noon in Bliss Hall auditorium. Speakers will include from  8-9:15 a.m. - Dean Ornish, M.D., "The Power of Personalized Lifestyle Changes"; 9:30-10:30 a.m.-Leslie Bonci, M.P.H., R.D., "Strategies to Eat Well, Be Well, and Stay Well"; 10:45-11:30 a.m.-Thomas J. Williams, Ph.D., "APFRI Senior Leader Health and Fitness."
For more information contact APFRI at 245-4511.
USAWC Class of 2012 Opening Ceremony
   The Opening Ceremony for the Resident Class of 2012 will be held Friday, Aug. 5, 4-5 p.m. on Indian Field and will consist of performances by the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) Fife and Drum Corps, the U.S. Army Drill Team, the U.S. Army Band (Pershing’s Own) and a Retreat Ceremony.  In the event of inclement weather the ceremony will be cancelled.
Pa. State Hunter Education Class
  The Pa. Hunter Safety Course instruction and exam for the Carlisle Barracks Community (children must be 11 or older) will be held on Saturday, Aug. 6 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. in Wil Washcoe Auditorium, Root Hall.
Carlisle Barracks Commissary
  The Carlisle Barracks Commissary will be closed for total shelving reset on August 8-9.  It will reopen on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
2011 Basic Motorcycle Safety Course
  This course will be held from Aug. 10-14, classroom sessions will be held at the Chapel; riding sessions will be held in the parking lot adjacent to Buildings 314 & 315.  Registration for class must be accomplished at AIRS website at  Classroom sessions:  6 hours total; part 1 - Wednesday, 6-9 p.m. and part 2 - Thursday, 6-9 p.m.   Riding sessions: 10 hours total; part 1 - Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and part 2 - Sunday, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.  Motorcycles and helmets provided.  This course meets the DOD/DA training requirements.
Directorate of Emergency Services
  Carlisle Barracks Emergency Services Open House
This event will be held on Friday, Aug. 12, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Fire House.  Bring your children and enjoy lunch, the displays and demonstrations, and sign them up for the Kids’ Fire Academy in October.  You and your children will also meet McGruff, the crime dog, tour the fire house and police station, and meet Rosie, the Carlisle Barracks bomb dog.
Bike Rodeo
  A bicycle rodeo for ages 4 and up is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 13, 10 a.m.-noon, PX parking lot, to teach and inform children bicycle safety awareness.  The event will include:  helmet checks, bike inspections, an obstacle course, prizes, refreshments and McGruff.  This event is sponsored by the CBks Traffic Safety Office.  Pre-registration is requested but not required.  Parents and legal guardians can register their children at the Police Station, 400 Forbes Avenue.   This event is limited to family members of military personnel, DoD civilians and their invited guests.
WWII Commemorative Parachute Jump at USAHEC
  To commemorate the 90th birthday of World War II veteran Richard "Red" Falvey and to honor his jump on D-Day and during Operation Overlord, USAHEC is hosting a parachute jump event on Saturday, Aug. 13, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., in which Mr. Falvey will jump tandem with a member of the Ranger Group LLC onto the Army Heritage Trail.  The event will also feature an educational presentation on the D-Day invasion, as well as an explanation of the USAHEC collections and materials relating to D-Day and Operation Overlord.
Perspectives in Military History Lecture at USAHEC
  On Wednesday, Aug. 17, Maj. Gen. Gregg R. Martin, commandant, U.S. Army War College, will present a lecture on “Transforming the Army:  A ‘Wicked Problem’ for Strategic Leaders.”  This event is the General of the Army Omar N. Bradley Memorial Lecture, which inaugurates the 44th year of the Perspectives in Military History Lecture Series in the Visitor and Education Center Multi-Purpose room, 7:15 p.m.
For more information on this event call 717-245-3803 or visit
AHEC Hours of Operation:  Monday-Friday—9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.  Weekend hours are in effect.
Carlisle Barracks Women’s Equality Day Event
  On Aug. 18, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., in Wil Washcoe Auditorium, television personality, Judge Jeanine Pirro, former district attorney, county judge, elected politician, legal commentator, author, champion of women’s rights, mother of two, and Emmy-nominated TV court judge, will be the guest speaker for the Carlisle Barracks Women’s Equality Day event.  Food will not be provided--bring your brown-bag lunch.
Carlisle Barracks 23rd Annual Job Fair
  Network with more than 40 Central Pennsylvania businesses at the 23rdannual Carlisle Barracks Job Fair, Thursday, Aug. 25, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Letort View Community Center.  Bring your resume and Dress for Success.  For more information contact Army Community Service at 717-245-3685 or 4357.
USAWC Memorial Chapel Faith Fest
  Both Protestant and Catholic congregations will meet on the lawn for worship services/Mass, on Sunday, Aug. 28.  Mass and worship will start at 10 a.m. with the Catholic congregation on the back lawn and the Protestant congregation on the front lawn.  After services, a picnic lunch will be held.  Bring your lawn chairs and dress comfortably.
Carlisle Barracks Spouses’ Club sign-up tea
  Have you heard about the CBSC’s Welcome Tea/Super Sign-Up?  It’s a jam-packed event with sign-ups for classes, activities and vendors for incoming and returning members.  This year’s event will be held Wednesday, Aug. 31, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Letort View Community Center. 
Carlisle Car Show Information
  Traffic in the Carlisle area is heavy during these events.
Carlisle All-Truck Nationals:  Aug. 5-8 at the Carlisle Fairgrounds.
Corvettes at Carlisle:  Aug. 26-29at the Carlisle Fairgrounds
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    Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
    Convocation ceremony starts off USAWC year for Class of 2012

    Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, Army War College Commandant, welcomes the USAWC Class of 2012 during a convocation ceremony in Bliss Hall Aug. 5. The event served as the official kick-off for the 368-members class as they begin their 10-month resident course in strategic leadership. Photo by Thomas Zimmerman.


    Aug. 5, 2011 -- The Army War College Class of 2012 officially started their 10-month academic course with a convocation ceremony held in Bliss Hall, Aug. 5.

    During the ceremony, the 368-members class and their spouses were formally introduced to the USAWC faculty and key staff members. Dr. Bill Johnsen, USAWC Dean of Academic, served as the master of ceremonies.

    “You are embarking on a focused year of professional study, what a recent graduate referred to as a structured professional sabbatical,” he said. “In the course of the next 10 months, you will study, reflect, engage in seminar dialogue, in research, and you will write on subjects of professional importance that will help you in your transition to senior leader responsibilities.”    

    Maj. Gen Gregg Martin, USAWC Commandant, hosted the event and welcomed the students.

    “Congratulations class of 2012. Your presence here signals your tremendous achievements to date – and I thank you for your service,” he said. “Your selection to be an Army War College student is a mark of your nation’s trust and confidence in your potential.  You represent the best of our nations, with the greatest potential to lead at the strategic level. “

    He noted the profound impact the course would have on them both personally and challenged them to take full advantage of the opportunity.

    “You come here as leaders,” he said.  “You will build on your tactical expertise and learn to use it in a new way.  And you will leave as a different kind of leader if you do your part by embracing and engaging the program, and allowing us to guide and help you.

    “Our eyes are fixed on the horizon.  The motto of the Army War College has long been the Latin phrase ‘prudens futuri’  -- our updated motto, in English, is ‘wisdom and strength for the future.’

    You will need both:  much will be expected of you, starting your first day on the job after you graduate from the Army War College -- and your path will be uphill, complex, and challenging.”

    Martin also took a moment to remind the class that they will be led through this journey by top-notch staff and faculty.

    “They have been where you have been, and have been to where you'll be going,” he said. “They'll share their tremendous wealth of professional experience.  They are also highly educated – coupling their experience with education at some of the world's best universities.  They are passionate about you, and your professional development and education.”

    Martin also acknowledged the class of international officers that will study alongside their U.S. counterparts.

    “We are proud to welcome the largest class of International Fellows in our history -- reinforcing our view that the powerful seminar experience is fueled and strengthened by multinational, multiservice, interagency, and intergovernmental experiences and ideas,” he said. “They replicate the world you will work in, and the teams you will serve on.”

    Martin stressed to the students the need to establish priorities for the next year.

    “I want you to be smart and honest with yourself.  Determine your priorities wisely,” he said. “After years of demanding assignments, use this year to reset your body, your spirit, your emotions, your inspiration, and your relationships with family and friends. 

    “Align your professional goals and personal choices – and determine a way to achieve balance – investing not only in your thinking, but in your mental, physical and emotional resilience that are strengthened by your family and friendships.”

    As he closed his remarks, Martin provided one last piece of advice.

    “Embrace this experience.  Engage with an open mind.  Invest in yourself and in your family. Make a difference for your profession and your Nation.  I wish you the best of luck and look forward to our year together.”

    Public Affairs staff report
    Reserve component forum helps new students stay connected

    Aug. 3, 2011 -- About 30 Army Reserve officers, mostly students in the Army War College Class of 2012, took part in the first Reserve Component Senior Leaders Forum Aug. 3 with a lunchtime discussion guest speaker and mentor Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Phillips, the assistant deputy chief of staff, G1 (IMA).

    “Building upon earlier efforts to increase the presence of reserve component mentors for our students, we launched this program after general and flag officers in the February 2011 Senior Reserve Component  Officers Course recommended extended opportunities to have contact with our students,” said Col. Greg Martin, Army Reserve Advisor to the Commandant. We were also mindful that we could do this as a program at no cost to USAWC. 

    In a free-form discussion, Phillips referenced his career to provide context for recommendations to fellow Army Reserve officers. He urged them to build relationships, recommending that they meet new contacts daily, and to communicate the value of the USAR.

    “The USAWC mission statement says we will develop, inspire and support senior leaders.  One of the best ways to do this is to expose our students to current senior leaders,” said Col. Greg Martin, Army Reserve Advisor to the Commandant. “Our non-attribution policy promotes frank discussions, and we constantly hear from these senior leaders that they benefit from the exchange as well.”

    The next forum will include Maj. Gen. Nick Tooliatos, DCG TRADOC Army Reserve.  It’s estimated that there will be about 20 forums held this academic year.

    Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs Office
    Health Day provides tips to live a longer, healthier life

    Dr. Dean Ornish, president of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute, spoke about simple changes that can help people live longer and healthier lives during the Army Physical Fitness Research Institute Health Day Aug. 4 in Bliss Hall.


    Aug. 4, 2011 – The Army War College experience not only provides students  the tools to think and operate at the strategic level, they also provide tools to help them lead longer and healthier lives. 

    Internationally experts who focus on motivating lifestyle and nutrition changes came to the USAWC for the Army Physical Fitness Research Institute Health Day Aug. 4 in Bliss Hall.

    “We sincerely hope that you’ll take the time this year to focus on developing your leadership, health, and fitness not only for you, but for your families and those you’ll lead once you leave here,” said Dr. Tom Williams, APFRI director.

    Dr. Dean Ornish, president of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute, opened the symposium with a discussion about the power of personalized lifestyle changes.   

    “We tend to think of advances in health as a new medicine, or procedure, but it can be just as beneficial to make simple changes in your lifestyle,” said Ornish. “We need to address the underlying cause of the problems, like heart disease. When we can treat the cause, the body has a remarkable ability to heal itself. Simple changes can not only prevent, but sometimes reverse the most sever medical conditions. “

    One of the techniques he discussed was meditation and its ability to manage stress and make physical difference in your health.

    “Not only can meditation make a dramatic difference in how your body handles stress, it can help how your body reacts to stress, lessening the physical damage it can do to your body,” he said.  

    He said that diets are commonly not the way to go.

    “If you go on a diet, you are likely to go off a diet,” he said. “To the degree you can eat healthier foods, the better you will feel and the more likely you will continue to do it. You can force yourself to do anything for a period of time, but if it’s un-enjoyable it’s not sustainable. It’s not just about being healthier, it’s about living longer.”

    “Don’t wait for a heart attack to make you make changes,” he said. “Be proactive.”

       Ornish recommended these tips to make simple lifestyle changes:

    • Consume mostly plants, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and soy products in the natural forms
    • It if came from a plant, eat it, if it’s made in a plant, avoid it
    • Use meat as a flavoring or as a special occasion food
    • Reduce the intake of fat, saturated fats, hydrogenated fats and trans fats
    • Reduce intake of sodium
    • Consume 4 grams a day of fish oil or equivalent
    • Organic is better, both taste and health
    • Choose quality or quanity
    • Avoid processed foods with ingredients a 3rd grader can’t pronounce
    • Don’t eat breakfast cereals that change the color of milk
    • Exercise is essential to improve your ability to fight off health problems.  Make activity a regular part of your lifestyle. 
    • A glass of pomegranate juice every day can make a big difference in your health.  It is packed with helpful antioxidants.    
    • 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. 


    Dr. Leslie Bonci discusses nutrition

    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, followed Ornish with a discussion on strategies to eat healthy and how to stay healthy. She also works with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Penguins and other sports teams in the Pittsburgh area.

    “You need to fuel your body with the proper foods and nutrients in order for your body to properly function,” she said. “Nutrition is the prescription for disease prevention and management. This isn’t about perfect eating, it’s about what’s doing best for the body.”

    Bonci said that optimizing what goes into your body is key.

    “Every one of us in the room needs a different amount of food,” she said. “So there is not a one-size-fits-all amount of food. You need to pay equal attention to the types and amounts of food, your eating habits, including what and how often you eat.”

    Bonci provided some 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
    • Portions are critical, less is more in general
    • Need to choose an inclusive, not exclusive eating pattern
    • Balanced eating is crucial, this means some fats are necessary
    • Eat a variety of colors of vegetables and fruits  
    • Protein is important in your diet
    • Yogurt is not a good source of milk
    • You can eat meat, just choose the leanest meat you can find
    • How and when you eat is just as important as what you eat
    • Slow down when you eat. Sit down, use utensils and chew
    • For fluids, 11-16 cups of 90-125 ounces per day, including water, milk, juice, coffee, tea, except alcohol. Think beyond the glass, many fruits and vegetables also have large amounts of fluids
    • Be selective with your carbs, opt for higher fiber carbs
    • The goal is not to eliminate fats, just be selective
    • Think nutrient rich at home and at the grocery store


    Dr. Tom Williams presents APFRI program overview 

    Williams closed out the symposium with a talk on senior leader health and fitness.  

    “We hope that you are able to mitigate not only your own risks, but also for those that you are leading,” he said. “We want to help you in the coming year to increase your fitness level to optimize you for the demands of a strategic leader. Leaders set the tone. We help you focus on the complex interplay between leadership, health and fitness.”

     A proactive approach is necessary said Williams.

    “We want you to strategically think ahead on your own health and fitness, don’t wait until the risk factors kick in,” he said.

    Williams outlined the APFRI programs available, including assessments of strength, fitness, and endurance, noon-time lectures, along with coaching and mentoring for optimal performance as leaders. 

    “The assessments provide a ‘snapshot’ of your current health and fitness status with a recommendation for improvement,” he said. The four- phase program is completely voluntary and students may opt out at any time. All data collected is confidential.

    The APFRI program includes the following:

    • Phase I- Comprehensive Health/Fitness Assessment
    • State-of-the-art cardiorespiratory fitness level determination
    • Screening for cardiovascular disease
    • Body composition
    • Muscle strength/flexibility
    • Aerobic fitness using treadmill
    • Use of War College norms to assess readiness relative to other leaders
    • Phase II-  Educational intervention and one-on-one coaching sessions
    • Phase III- Assessment of Changes during War College year

    Phase IV- Follow-up questionnaires and assessments

    APFRI is an Army Leader Development Program initiative that provides assessments and education linked with Professional Military Education at the Army War College, U.S.Army Sergeants Major Academy, Command and General Staff College, and the Marine Corps War College.   For more information on the APFRI program visit

    Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta
    Meeting our fiscal and national security responsibility

     To all Department of Defense personnel:

    As I begin my second month in office as Secretary of Defense, I wanted to take the opportunity to share my thinking with you on one of the key challenges we face as a Department: how to ensure that our military has everything it needs to protect our national security at a time of considerable fiscal challenge in our country.

    I know that many of you have been watching with concern the deficit reduction negotiations in Washington. As President Obama has said, our growing national debt, if not addressed, will imperil our prosperity, hurt our credibility and influence around the world, and ultimately put our national security at risk. As part of the nation's efforts to get its finances in order, defense spending will be - and I believe it must be - part of the solution.

    The reductions in defense spending that will take place as a result of the debt ceiling agreement reached by Congress and the President are in line with what this Department's civilian and military leaders were anticipating, and I believe we can implement these reductions while maintaining the excellence of our military. But to do that, spending choices must be based on sound strategy and policy. In the past, such as after the Vietnam War, our government applied cuts to defense across the board, resulting in a force that was undersized and underfunded relative to its missions and responsibilities. This process has historically led to outcomes that weaken rather than strengthen our national security - and which ultimately cost our nation more when it must quickly rearm to confront new threats.

    I am determined not to repeat the mistakes of the past. In order to make the key decisions on how to best implement spending reductions, the President said in April when he unveiled his fiscal framework that "we're going to have to conduct a fundamental review of America's missions, capabilities, and our role in a changing world." As a Department, we are following that approach. We are asking ourselves: What are the essential missions our military must do to protect America and our way of life? What are the risks of the strategic choices we make? And what are the financial costs?

    Achieving savings based on sound national security policy will serve our nation's interests, and will also prove more enforceable and sustainable over the long-term.

    We expect that the responsible transitions in Iraq and Afghanistan will help reduce total U.S. defense spending over the coming years. But I will do everything I can to ensure that further reductions in defense spending are not pursued in a hasty, ill-conceived way that would undermine the military's ability to protect America and its vital interests around the globe. For example, the debt ceiling agreement contains a sequester mechanism that would take effect if Congress fails to enact further deficit reduction. If that happens, it could trigger a round of dangerous across-the-board defense cuts that would do real damage to our security, our troops and their families, and our ability to protect the nation. This potential deep cut in defense spending is not meant as policy. Rather, it is designed to be unpalatable to spur responsible, balanced deficit reduction and avoid misguided cuts to our security.

    Indeed, this outcome would be completely unacceptable to me as Secretary of Defense, the President, and to our nation's leaders. That's because we live in a world where terrorist networks threaten us daily, rogue nations seek to develop dangerous weapons, and rising powers watch to see if America will lose its edge. The United States must be able to protect our core national security interests with an adaptable force capable and ready to meet these threats and deter adversaries that would put those interests at risk. I will do all I can to assist the Administration and congressional leaders to make the commonsense cuts needed to avoid this sequester mechanism.

    Our military has always taken on and succeeded in every mission it has been assigned - from the efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief at home and abroad. You - the men and women of the military - have never said "I can't do it." Nor have the civilians who support you. That is the military ethos - to salute and press on. The ethos of this nation's leaders and policy makers must be to ensure that the missions assigned to the military meet critical national security priorities. It is our responsibility to determine those priorities and to ensure that you will always have the training and equipment to succeed in those missions.

    I am aware that as Washington discusses strategy and policy, you and your families are discussing the implications of decisions that may be made. I promised in my first message as Secretary that I will fight for you. That means I will fight for you and your families as we face these budget challenges.

    The force has been stretched by a decade of combat. We owe you and your families the support you have earned - both on the battlefield and on the home front. To be sure, the current budget constraints will make it all the more challenging to modernize and recapitalize the force. Platforms from the build-up of the 1980s are reaching the end of their shelf life and must be replaced, and units and equipment that have been stressed by a decade of combat must be reset. Going forward, we must ensure that the military gets the effective and affordable weapons it needs by redoubling our efforts to enforce procurement discipline.

    We also must continue to tackle wasteful and duplicative spending, and overhead staffing. We must be accountable to the American people for what we spend, where we spend it, and with what result. While we have reasonable controls over much of our budgetary information, it is unacceptable to me that the Department of Defense cannot produce a financial statement that passes all financial audit standards. That will change. I have directed that this requirement be put in place as soon as possible. America deserves nothing less.

    The United States faces a series of tough choices ahead on the budget as we seek to balance the need for fiscal solvency with the need to protect our security. We can - and must - address the budget and protect the country. As we do, we will be guided by the principle that we will do what's right for our nation now and for its future. By better aligning our resources with our priorities, this Department can lead the way in moving towards a more disciplined defense budget. Only in that way can we ensure that we fulfill the fundamental duty for those of us in public service - which is to do everything we can to give future generations of Americans a better and safer life.

    Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos, USAWC public affairs

    Garrison command team welcomes class into their new homes


    The Garrison command team along with Bif Coyle, the resident chief housing officer, inspect a kitchen as part of their effort to ensure that the homes are up to standard.


    As part of their on-going effort to provide quality service to the residents of Carlisle Barracks, the Garrison command team  inspects every recently vacated home on post, to make sure it meets their personal standard of cleanliness.  If it meets the standard, the command team will sign off that the house is ready to be occupied by a new family.  If it doesn’t meet the standard, it is re-cleaned until it does.

    But the attention doesn’t stop there. Once the students move in to their new quarters, a member of the command team visits them to make sure that they are happy with their new home and to inquire if there are any problems or concerns they would like addressed.


    Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Blakey inspects a stove as part of the garrison command team’s commitment to providing quality homes to residents.

    Lt. Col. William McDonough, garrison commander, greets Lt. Col. George Hanhauser, student, outside his home at Young Hall.  After ensuring that the houses were acceptable for the new students to move into, a member of the garrison command team met with the students individually to introduce themselves and inquire if there are any concerns or issues that need addressing.




    Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos

    Welcome to Carlisle!

    Aug. 2, 2011 - Every year the Carlisle Barracks Youth Services hold welcome jams for children age 6-18.  The Jams, which are held near the pool pavilion, give the kids the chance to meet other kids, and to find out about the services and programs YS offers.  Approximately 300 kids took advantage of the three, high school, middle school and elementary school, events, which included food, dancing and games.  For more photos from the Welcome Jams, check out the Army War College Facebook site at


    Senate confirms two Soldiers to top military positions

    ARLINGTON, Va. (Army News Service, August 3, 2011) -- Gen. Martin E. Dempsey was confirmed by the Senate Tuesday as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Gen. Raymond T. Odierno was confirmed to assume Dempsey's post as chief of staff of the Army.

    Dempsey, after serving only five months as the Army's chief of staff, will assume his new position when Adm. Mike Mullen retires Sept. 30. Odierno, who currently serves as commander of the U.S. Joint Forces Command, which is being deactivated, will assume his new job Oct. 1.

    Both were nominated by President Barack Obama at a Memorial Day White House news conference.

    Obama said during his announcement of these personnel changes, that Dempsey's tenure as chief of staff "may go down as one of the shortest in Army history," adding that during his 36 years in the military, Dempsey has become one of the nation's most respected and combat-tested generals.

    At the Senate confirmation hearing, Sen. John McCain called Odierno "one of the finest military officers I have had the opportunity to know." McCain explained that Odierno was responsible, along with Gen. David Petraeus, for implementing the surge in Iraq.

    "All of us who have had the opportunity of knowing General Odierno are proud of his new position and know he will carry out his responsibilities with the same outstanding leadership and efficiency he has displayed in the past," McCain said.

    The debt-ceiling bill also passed by Congress Tuesday included $2.1 trillion in deficit cuts over the next decade and also called for a bipartisan committee to come up with at least another $1.2 trillion in cuts by the end of the year or automatic cuts would be triggered, possibly affecting Defense programs across the board.

    At his Senate confirmation hearing, Dempsey warned lawmakers against cutting too much from the nation's military budget, saying that cuts of $800 billion or more would be "extraordinarily difficult and very high risk."

    During his nomination as the 38th chief of staff of the Army, Gen. Odierno testified July 21 in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee that he is "proud to be part of this Army with the opportunity to serve with these great men and women."

    He expressed concerns, however, with budget cuts.

    "First off, the Army is about Soldiers," he said. "So when we talk about defense cuts, you're talking about structure, you're talking about end-strength of the Army...

    "We must avoid our historical pattern of drawing down too fast and getting too small, especially since our record of predicting the future has not been very good."

    At the same Senate confirmation, Army Lt. Gen. Charles H. Jacoby was approved for a fourth star and confirmed as head of the U.S. Northern Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command.

    Jacoby most recently completed his tour as commanding general, I Corps, including a combat tour in Iraq serving as the commanding general, Multi-National Corps-Iraq.

    Tyler Davis, Army War College Public Affairs

    Military Family Program sponsors 'Dress for Success'

    How would you rate your wardrobe for work? Do you dress professionally and conform to the regulations, specifications and traditions of the “civilian uniform”?

    “Dress for Success,” is a informational seminar hosted by professional image consultant Rita Gworek in Bliss Hall Aug. 2.  Gworek has presented image seminars for the new Army War College students for the last 10 years, to guide the transition from military uniform to corporate business and casual attire. The seminar was sponsored by the Military Family Program as one of the welcome events for the Army War College Class of 2012.

    Gworek’s main point on building a wardrobe and dressing professionally is that clothing cost is not as important as fit and quality.

    “It’s important to send the right message, and how you dress is important to that message,” said Gworek, as she began the two-hour seminar about proper attire for business, business casual and casual events for both men and women.


    If you missed the event , here are the main points she made:

    • Focus on fit and quality when shopping for new clothes.
    • For men and women both, the ideal suit colors are dark blue, charcoal gray and black; these colors give an air of power and control.
    • If you wear a striped shirt, remember this rule: at 10 feet away, you should be able to just barely see the stripes, which should start to seem more defined at 5 feet. If it is visible beyond 10 feet the stripe is too powerful and is overwhelming your appearance.
    • When shopping for suits, watch for sales. The benefits of a quality suit will outweigh the initial cost.  She recommended that USAWC students focus on 100, 110 or 120 grade wool suits. Wool suits are better in quality and heat dissipation. They also maintain their pleats and are very wrinkle resistant.
    • Purchase suits with two or three button, and never button the bottom button.
    • The cuffs of the shirt sleeves should show a quarter inch to a half inch below the suit coat sleeve.
    • Never wear a short sleeve shirt with a tie.
    • When sizing pants, hold them where you believe they will rest around your waist, and size them so they break  just once at the top of the shoe.
    • Purchase woven ties:  the quality of the material is better than the non-woven tied that are flimsy and  do not rest as well. The widest part of a tie should equal the widest part of the lapel on the suit jacket, with 2-3 inches being the accepted standard.
    • Shoes can be either square or round toe, just not an extreme. Too pointy or square will take away from the overall look. Shoes should also be darker than the rest of the suit.
    • Best sock choices are over-the-calf socks that are similar to, if not the same color as, the shoes.
    • Wingtip shoes are only for suits; slip-on dress shoes are acceptable as long as they are sleek and simple. Black shoes can be worn with any color suit including blues.
    • Women should wear jewelry with collared shirts;  it should be simple and have substance, and not  be flashy or dangly.
    • Women should always wear nylons, hose or stockings, with closed shoes:  no straps or open toes.

     For more information on Military Family Program events, visit




    Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos & Tyler Davis, USAWC Public Affairs

    Lt. Col. William McDonough, Carlisle Barracks Garrison Commander: 245-3232

    As an Army “brat,” Lt. Col. William McDonough knew he wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps.

    “When I joined, I didn’t think about a career. I joined the infantry, which is what I wanted to do because that’s what my father did.”

    After completing his initial enlistment, McDonough realized that he missed the Army.  However instead of re-enlisting, he went to college and completed ROTC.  After graduation he was commissioned into the Infantry.

    After a four-year branch detail to the Infantry, he became a Military Intelligence officer. 

    “I like intelligence -- it’s like solving puzzles," said McDonough.

    McDonough said he and his family were very excited about his assignment here because, in many ways, it was like going home.

    “Carlisle Barracks is like the town I grew up in and plan on retiring in,” he said.  “It has the same demographics ... the same environment.

    “Everyone we talked to said this was a great post and community.  I never heard one bad thing about this post or the area," he said.

    McDonough says that his job as garrison commander is to ensure that people have a great quality of life while they are here.

     “If a member of the Carlisle Barracks community does not feel that a problem is getting resolved please contact me, I am always available.”

    Col. Michael Garvin, DENTAC commander: 245-2916

    When Col. Michael Garvin left for college, his goal was be a trauma surgeon.  However his student advisor advised him to consider dentistry.   After working at a dentist’s office he realized that he had found his calling.

    So, after graduating from The Citadel and serving four years as a transportation officer, Garvin resigned his commission to study dentistry at the Medical College of South Carolina.  After graduating and two years of private practice, he returned to the Army. 

    Garvin has spent the last 20 years working with Soldiers but said his time with new Soldiers at Fort Jackson meant a lot to him.

    “I found out there that many Soldiers joined the Army so they could get dental care,” he said.

    As DENTAC commander his goal is to get the students “dentally well,” as opposed to dentally fit.

    “Dental fitness means you are deployable," said Garvin.  "A patient could have periodontal disease, or need permanent restorative materials but nothing is urgent.  It can wait until they redeploy.  Dental wellness allows them to fix all problems they may have, bridges, crowns, etc.

    “While the students are here, they have the opportunity to get the work done that they have been putting off due to other needs," he said. "They can get dentally well.”

    When he is not at work, Garvin enjoys playing the trumpet with his wife who is a flautist.


    Col. Stephanie Wilcher, Dunham Health Clinic commander: 245-3041 

    As the mother of five children and the grandmother of four, Col. Stephanie Wilcher knows firsthand the importance of preventive health care, which is why she is making that a priority as commander of the Dunham Health Clinic.   

    “You will get the best health care available here,” she said.  “There is a sincere dedication to keeping everyone well.”

    As part of her dedication to quality health care, Wilcher wants to get the Carlisle Barracks community more involved in the health care process.

    “We want to get the patients' perspective on health care issues,” said Wilcher.   “We have several councils and committees, such as the performance improvement committee, health plan management, patient safety, environment of care safety, health plan management, that community members can serve on which will improve the quality of care we provide.”

    If you are interested in serving on any of these committees please contact Becky Thumma at:

    Wilcher is a new graduate of the Army War College class of 2011.  Despite her bachelor's degree in Nursing and a master's in Business Administration, she said that she has learned the most at the Army War College.

    “The War College experience and what I learned is probably the greatest learning that I have had,” said Wilcher, a proponent of lifelong learning. She is currently working on a PhD in Organizational and Behavioral Leadership.

    Bob Suskie, Director of Emergency Services: 245-4115

    Bob Suskie, the director of emergency services, knows what it means to serve.  He is a retired Army Military police officer whose job it is to provide security and safety for the Carlisle Barracks community through coordinating the police force, the fire department and the gate guards.

    “The Army has a campaign of “see something, say something,” said Suskie.  “Even though this is a small post, report it and stay vigilant.”

    Suskie, a Pennsylvania native, who has been part of the Carlisle community for several years, advises newcomers to take advantage of what Cumberland County and Pennsylvania have to offer. 

    “There are lots of family events to enjoy, from day trips to Hershey or Lancaster County,  it is a wonderful place to live.”







    Jacqueline Schultz, CYSS Liaison, Education and Outreach Services Director: 245-4638

    As school liaison for Carlisle Barracks, Jacqueline Schultz is in constant contact with incoming students and their parents before and after their arrival.

     Preparing local schools for the large influx of military children that enter the district every year takes considerable planning and communication. To make things easier, Schultz implemented a digital in processing system for the incoming students, which helps her prepare school district paperwork before the students arrive.

    “I do the work before they get here,” said Schultz on the digital in processing system. “They don’t need to run into snags that slow down their transition.”

    With a degree in elementary education and experience in child welfare, Schultz is amply suited to serve us here at Carlisle Barracks, and has been doing so for the last nine years.

    We have an open door policy here, with no appointments necessary,” said Schultz “Our goal is to put the student’s minds at ease, we are here to help them.”

    Bob Salviano, Youth Services Director: 245-4180

    Bob Salviano, the Youth Services Director for Carlisle Barracks, has a diverse background in education and military service.

    He and his staff provide a variety of before and after school activities as well as summer events for kids on post. Under his direction Youth Services has seen a massive expansion of programs and facilities to better serve the families of staff on post and at the War College.

    “We offer as many programs, if not more than all other Army installations,” said Salviano. “Our summer camp is the best you can find locally or at any other military installation.”

    Just a few of the programs and classes offered are art, cooking, music, martial arts, golf, tennis, soccer, basketball and educational trips within the local community. 

    The youth services also provide a school age program which provides activities and study sessions. The school age program is accredited by the National After School Association, and received the highest score of any military afterschool program.

    “That’s our job, to satisfy the wants of needs of the families, especially the kids, we are here for them.”



    Sharri Duval,TRICARE Benefit Specialist: 240-2862

    Sharri Duval has a family history of military service. Her husband is retired Air Force officer, her nephew is in the Army, and her four uncles served across the sister services throughout World War II. It makes sense that for her to serve the armed forces in some way.

    “I enjoy working with the students and their families,” said Duval. “It’s important to be supportive of the military.”

    Duval is a TRICARE Enrollment Benefit Specialist at the Carlisle Barracks Dunham Clinic. She has been in the insurance and medical industry for over 20 years and worked at the Dunham TRICARE office for the last four and a half years.

    Duval encourages anyone with questions or concerns over their TRICARE coverage to come to the TRICARE office and see one of the representatives.

    “We try to make the new students feel welcome and understand our healthcare system here.”

    TRICARE office hours are 7:30 am – 4:30 pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. Thursday hours are from 7:30 am – 12:00 pm.

    Spouses Club sign-up tea slated for Aug. 31


    Have you heard about the CBSC’s Welcome Tea/Super Sign-Up?  It is a jam packed event full of classes, activities and vendors for our incoming and returning members.  This year’s event will be on Wednesday, August 31st from 10 am – 2 pm.    Classes can include, but are not limited to; quilting, cake decorating and jewelry making.   Other people may choose to lead a book club, gourmet dining club or bunko. The possibilities are endless!

    This year we are also opening our event to vendors on a space available basis with priority given to existing and new CBSC members.  If you are a potential instructor or vendor, it’s not too early to start planning for this event. 

    Contract packets will be available on our website soon at  Contact Linda Markley at for further information.

    Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos, USAWC Public Affairs

    Carlisle Barracks responds to 'bomb threat'

    July 27, 2011 - A phone call about bomb threats triggered a series of responses from the Emergency Services on post, the installation operations center, and multiple law enforcement agencies and fire departments from off post.  The phone call was simulated. The bomb threat was part of an exercise. But, the response was real and thorough.

    Dale Zortman, a K-9 handler with the Pennsylvania State Police leads his bomb dog through the basement of Upton Hall during a force protection exercise July 26. Carlisle Barracks law enforcement partnered with state and local first responders for the exercise. Photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos.


    “We had two objectives,” said Barry Shughart, the installation emergency manager about the post’s annual force protection exercise.  “The first was to test the installation’s ability to respond to emergency situations, and our ability to work with local emergency response organizations.”

    In the simulated attack the police desk received seven bomb threats early in the morning of July 26.  The post police evacuated the buildings and called local law enforcement agencies to help find the bombs.  Assisting the Carlisle Barracks police department were the Capitol Police and the Pennsylvania State Police. 

    The exercise simulated a bomb explosion in the Carlisle Barracks DES building, which tested the ability of the DES to continue to provide security with limited resources at an alternate location said Carlisle Barracks Police Sgt. Kevin Koons.

     “All in all it was an excellent exercise that highlighted the outstanding partnership our emergency services and emergency management teams enjoy with our local, regional, and State law enforcement and emergency management organizations,” said Elaine Leist, deputy garrison commander.

    Nick Mikkelson, the Carlisle Barracks Physical Security officer, holds up a stick of dynamite prior to hiding it in Shughart Hall as part of a Force Protection Exercise held on July 26.  Real dynamite is used to provide training for the bomb dogs. Photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos.

    Carlisle Barracks DES agencies have a memorandum of understanding with local law enforcement and emergency service agencies to provide assistance to each other if needed. 

    “Training together gives us a chance to practice with local agencies, and identify and iron out any communications problems before a real-life situation,” said Koons.

     “We only have one bomb dog on post,” said Carlisle Barracks Police Officer Harold Weary, who is the Barracks K-9 handler.  “The dogs can only search for about 45 minutes before they get tired, so if we need to search a large building like Root Hall, or multiple buildings, we have to call for backup.

    “Plus, in the event of a real-world emergency, the guys are familiar with the buildings on post,” said Weary, about the outside police forces.

    Pennsylvania Capitol Police officer Mike Schmidt agreed with Weary’s comment on the value of joint training.

    “We rely on each other for any kind of situation that pops up.  So it is good that we all work together and train together,” he said.  “Plus, the training worked out for us because it took us out of our normal training environment.”

    Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs
    USAWC Fellows start their year of studies

    July 28, 2011 -- This week the Army War College Fellows Class of 2012 began their experience with an orientation program at the Center for Strategic Leadership.

    Each year the Department of the Army selects a limited number of officers as Senior Service College Fellows. The selected officers  to take part in a unique 10-month program that partners the Army and various universities, allied service schools, civilian ”think tanks”, corporations, and government agencies, in lieu of residence at a senior service college.

    Officers from the active component, National Guard and Reserve are assigned to the USAWC to study and conduct research in this capacity during a given academic year. This year, 89 Fellows are taking part 47 different fellowship programs. The 89 fellows are the largest in the programs history.   

    “I wanted to take part in this fellowship to gain a different perspective on strategic issues,” said Col. Dave Trybula, who will study at the Institute for Defense Analyses in Washington, D.C. “I will be able to look at issues from outside the Army and DoD perspective while I think will help in my development as a strategic leader.”

    “This will provide me a great opportunity to learn from the great faculty, but also to help share the Army story to a different audience,” said Col. Viet Luong, who will study at Stanford. “I really think the next year will be very rewarding.”

    “My fellowship will allow me to see how other nations look at issues strategically,” said Lt. Col. Dan Cormier, who will study at the Institut des hautes études de défense nationale in France.

    “I am very interested to see how non-military organizations approach complex issues like intelligence and how to share it,’ said Lt. Col. Nichoel Brooks, who will study at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. 

    “I’ve been working most of the last few years in cyber issues, so I am really looking forward to seeing how they look at these issues from their perspective and how it differs from that of the Department of Defense,” said Lt. Col. Jan Buckner, who will be at the National Security Agency for her fellowship.

    Originally started in 1972, the program began as the Army Research Associate Program, where selected officers could volunteer for a year at an academic institution in lieu of attending a senior service college.  In 1987, under the direction of the Chief of Staff of the Army, the USAWC established a direct affiliation with the fellows and created the current program.

    “The program serves as an opportunity for the officer to obtain an educational experience equivalent in quality to the resident course program based at a civilian institution where there are different goals and objectives,” said Kevin Connelly, the program director. “They are able to see how the corporate and civilian worlds work strategically.”  

    Other organizations and universities that are hosting fellows include Columbia University, Georgetown University, the Drug Enforcement Agency, the NATO Defense College, and the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

      Carlisle Barracks organizations, Downtown Carlisle businesses welcome Newcomers


    County Fair activities, August 2010.








      County Fair is an annual event for newcomers to Carlisle Barracks (Class of 2012 students and their families, and new employees) to learn more about on-post activities and many downtown businesses. 

      This year's event will be held on Wednesday, August 3 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.  More than 110 Downtown businesses will be located in the Letort View Community Center; Family Morale, Welfare, and Recreation activities--Thorpe Hall Gym; and Community Support activities--Thorpe Hall Gym and tents along Lovell Avenue.

      Due to the traffic congestion in the County Fair area, everyone is encouraged to use the shuttle bus, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., at the following locations (signs will be posted):  PX, intersection of Jim Thorpe Road--entrance to the Meadows, and Building 632, off Wright Avenue and Butler Road.

    Changes to take effect on Thorpe Hall gym, Post roads, parking lots.

      Thorpe Hall gym:  The basketball court will be closed starting at noon on Tuesday, August 2.  The second floor cardio area and the weight room will remain open.  The entire facility will be closed on Wednesday, August 3 and return to normal operations on Thursday, August 4.

      Post Roads:  Lovell Avenue from Ashburn Drive to Guardhouse Lane will be closed on Wednesday, August 3, from 6-9 a.m.  Exception:   Downtown businesses and Post activity representatives.  During that time Lovell Avenue will be one-way from the intersection of Ashburn Drive to Flower Road.
    From 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Lovell Avenue will remain closed between Pratt Avenue and Guardhouse Lane.
      Parking:  The front row parking spaces in the lot between buildings 314-315 and along Letort Spring Run will be reserved for Downtown businesses.

    Strong Bonds program helps build resiliency for Soldiers, families

    July 29, 2011 -- Strong Bonds is a chaplain-led program for commanders which builds relationship resiliency. The Strong Bonds mission is to increase Soldier and family readiness through relationship education and skills training. Four Strong Bonds programs applied to the Army Force Generation cycle help single Soldiers, couples and families to thrive in the turbulence of the military environment. Attendees voluntarily participate in a Strong Bonds offsite training designed to maximize relationship training impact. The "get away" provides an emotionally safe and secure training environment in which to address the effect of military lifestyle on relationships.

    Beginning in 1999, with four events and 90 couples in the 25th Infantry Division, Hawaii, Strong Bonds has spread throughout the active and reserve components of the Army. In 2004, the U.S. Code was amended to allow command funding for "chaplain-led programs to assist members of the armed forces building and maintaining a strong family structure," (Title 10, ~1789). The Army is in its fourth year of a five-year longitudinal study evaluating the outcomes of the Strong Bonds training program. Preliminary outcomes show a 50 percent lower rate in divorce with an increase in marital satisfaction for participants. During the 2011 HQDA Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) Conference the Army Strong Bonds Program was chosen as the number one Mobilization, Deployment and Family Readiness Strength initiative.

    The Army continues to provide relationship training tools and make them available to Soldiers and their families. For Fiscal Year 2011, commanders from the active Army, the National Guard and the Army Reserve planned more that 5,000 events for over 500,000 attendees, including units and Soldiers geographically dispersed from military installations.

    Healthy relationships contribute to the maintenance of a healthy Army and a secure future force. With increasing demands placed on Soldiers and families, to include both frequent deployments and duty relocations, intimate relationships are fully tested. Research shows that training in communication skills, intimacy, and conflict management increases marital satisfaction and reduces rates of family violence. Building family resiliency is part of a strategic approach to cope with the high operational demands placed on today's Army.

    For more information call the Post Chapel at 245-3318 or visit

    Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, IMCOM Commander
    Army Career and Alumni Program: Supporting Soldier career success

    July 29, 2011 -- The decision to transition out of uniform is as important as the initial decision to put it on. Soldiers deserve as much support at this critical point in their service as they do with earlier parts of their career. That is why the Army provides the Army Career and Alumni Program and is working to make ACAP even more effective.

    ACAP delivers transition and job assistance services to Soldiers to support them in making informed career decisions. These services include pre-separation counseling, Veteran Affairs benefits briefings, and Department of Labor Transition Assistance Program workshops, which cover career planning, job searches, resume writing and interviewing. ACAP services are available to separating and retiring Active Component Soldiers, demobilizing Reserve and National Guard Soldiers, Family members, retirees, and Civilians affected by BRAC, reduction in force or Global Realignment.

    In April 2010, the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army directed a thorough review of ACAP, which included visits to ACAP centers and thousands of interviews with Soldiers and Civilians. The study found that while Soldiers are allowed to use ACAP services up to two years prior to retirement or one year prior to separation, they do not always have leadership support in doing more than the minimum required by law, which is attending the pre-separation briefing no later than 90 days prior to separation. However, just meeting the letter of the law is too little, too late. The more Soldiers are able to use ACAP services, the more successful their transition.

    Based on the study results and the Vice Chief of Staff’s guidance, over the next few months ACAP is implementing an enhanced 12-month transition program model focused on helping Soldiers develop an Individual Transition Plan and put it into action. Under this choice-based, results-oriented model, Soldiers will have the opportunity to spend up to 60-70 hours accessing ACAP resources, including the pre-separation briefing, the two-and-a-half day Transition Assistance Program workshop, the four-hour VA briefing, and individual counseling sessions. The TAP workshop is also being updated, to incorporate development of the Individual Transition Plan.

    The 12-month timeframe is designed to minimize conflict with unit mission requirements and enable Soldiers to take full advantage of ACAP resources. About four out of 10 eligible Soldiers who start ACAP decide to reenlist or join the National Guard or Reserves, while others need to get a solid start preparing for the next phase of their careers, whether it is going to school, starting a new job or starting a business. New policy and guidance on the transition program will be issued in the first quarter of FY12.

    The key to making ACAP as effective as possible is leader commitment. ACAP is a commander’s program. Soldiers will take off the uniform at some point, whether through separation or retirement, and it is up to leaders to take care of them until the very last day. Taking care of Soldiers includes supporting their active participation in ACAP, and if a Soldier decides to separate, making sure no stigma is attached to their decision.  

    It is smart business to support Soldiers’ use of ACAP. In FY10 the Army spent more than $500 million in unemployment compensation for veterans, a number expected to rise even higher in FY11. The Army is looking to reduce that amount by better preparing Soldiers to enter the civilian workforce.

    More to the point, it is the right thing to do to support Soldiers’ transition planning. Transition is stressful under the best of circumstances, and right now Soldiers are facing a tough job market.  We have to equip our Soldiers to take the skills and values they learned in the Army and translate them into success in the next phase of their career.  When Soldiers take off the uniform, we want them to know they made the right choice for themselves, their careers, and their families when they put it on in the first place. It’s the least we can do for their service and sacrifices.



    Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos, USAWC Public Affairs
    Inside facts to help newcomers fit in fast

    Lt. Col. Tim Fischer, a member of the Class of 2012, moves his household goods into his new house.


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

    ACS lending closet

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

       Items available include:

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

     Vehicle registration

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

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

    RV Registration

    Barracks Crossings Recreation Vehicle Storage Lot (RVSL) is a secure, fenced in lot with 24 hour access located behind the Skill Development Center (Bldg 870) on Carlisle Barracks.  It consists of 48 parking slots. RV is defined to include truck campers, motorized RV's, campers, boats with trailers, utility trailers, horse trailers, etc. All must have validated licenses. Camper tops and canoes/kayaks without trailers are not accepted in the storage area.  Storage fees range from $240 per annum to $480. 

    Barracks Crossings is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Gate guard schedule

    Claremont Gate is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Ashburn gate is open Monday – Friday 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.  Ashburn gate is closed on all Federal holidays.

    Post residents walk their dogs.

     Key post policies

    • Dogs are required to be under control on leashes at all times, regardless of where they're at on the installation.  All waste needs to be picked up by owners as well.
    • The speed limit on post is 15 miles per hour (5 in parking lots), because of narrow streets through housing areas and the large amount of children on post.
    • No motorcycle or moped may be registered or operated on Carlisle Barracks unless the operator has attended a motorcycle safety foundation course and possesses an MSF card. 
    • Also, motorcycle and moped riders are required to wear a Department of Transportation approved helmet, goggles or full- shield properly attached to helmet, full- fingered gloves, long trousers and a long sleeved shirt or jacket, and sturdy footwear, a brightly colored outer upper garment during the day and reflective upper garment during the night. 
    • For safety purposes, no swimming or wading is allowed in streams.  The LeTort Spring is a fast moving stream, and children and small animals can be carried away.
    • Trash and Recycling are picked up every Monday. Trash and recycling should be placed in their correct bins and placed on the curb.
    • Helmets are required to ride a bicycle on post.  Per Pennsylvania law, bikes should be ridden on the road going with the flow of traffic.

    Hunting licenses

    Hunting license applications will be handed out on August 2 at 2 p.m. in Upton Hall, second floor auditorium.  Licenses are also available online through the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Outdoor Shop at

    A hunter safety course instruction and exam for new students and their dependants (11 years or older) will be offered on Aug.  6, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Wil Washcoe Auditorium.  Students must pre-register with the State Fish and Game Commission and complete the online self paced training prior to attending the class.  The registration and training can be found at:

    Weather or emergency operations policy

    In the case of weather or other type of emergency on post, residents and employees will be notified in a variety of ways.

    • An email will be sent out to all post employees via their work accounts
    • The “giant voice” will sound an alarm.  If you here it, please check the Carlisle Barracks Banner at: information or check the Army War College Facebook page.
    • You can also call post operations at 245-3700
    • Your home, cell and office number will be called, notifying you of the emergency.

    Chapel Services

    Catholic Masses are Saturdays (Reconciliation Mass) at 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. (Catholic Mass), Sundays at 9:15 a.m., and Monday- Friday at noon. 

    Protestant Services are also offered on Sundays at 11 a.m.  The Junior Youth of the Chapel meets Sundays from 4:30 to 17:45 p.m., and the Senior Youth of the Chapel meets on Sundays from 6 to 7:15 p.m.  

    Jewish services are conducted at Milton B. Asbell Center for Jewish Life, 262 W. High Street on Friday evening at 1915 and Saturday morning at 1015. For information on Hebrew School or Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services, call 717-732-5005.


    Eastern Orthodox Services are conducted atDivine Liturgy, 1000, Sundays, at Holy Trinity Cathedral, 1000 Yverdon Drive, Camp Hill. Phone 763-7441.

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


    A Teen Center employee plays pool with one of the post kids.  The teen center is located at 637 Liggett Rd. 

    Child Development Center

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

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

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

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

     Health Care

    Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic offers routine and same- day acute care appointments to both Soldiers and their family members Monday through Wed. and Friday vfrom 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The clinic is closed Thursday afternoons.

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

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

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

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

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

     Commissary and Exchange Hours

    ·         The Commissary is open Tuesday through Saturday 9:00a.m. to 6:00p.m. and Sundays 11:00p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    ·         The Exchange is open Monday through Saturday 9:00a.m. to 6:00p.m. and Sundays 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    New students sign for their on-post housing. 

    Recreational Facilities on Post

    ·         Thorpe Hall (Gym): Open Monday through Friday 5:30a.m.- 8: 30 p.m., Saturdays  7 a.m. to 5p.m., and Sunday 8 a.m. to 5p.m. 

    ·         Strike Zone Bowling Center: Open Monday through Thursday 8:30a.m. to 8p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday 1 to 7 p.m. and closed on Sundays.

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

    ·         Splash Zone (Post Pool): Open daily 11a.m.-12:00p.m. for lap swimming and 12 to 7p.m. for open swimming. Located behind the LVCC (seasonally).  Day and monthly passes are still available.  Day passes cost $3 for children age 6-17 and adults over 65, and $4 for adults.  Children  5 and under are free.  The pool will close for the season after Labor Day.

    Important Post Phone Numbers

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

    Thomas Zimmerman, Army War College Public Affairs
    USAWC class of 2012 start their class year

    Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, USAWC Commandant, shakes hands with a member of the Army War College Class of 2012 in Bliss Hall Aug. 1. Martin and other college and post leadership spoke to the students and spouses for the first time as a group. Photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos.


    Aug. 1, 2011 – The Army War College Class of 2012 started their year of personal and professional development with a welcome by college leadership in Bliss Hall Aug.1.

    Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, USAWC commandant, welcomed the 367 students in the class and urged them to take full advantage of their time here.

    “Welcome and thank you for your service,” said Martin. “I was in your shoes about a dozen years ago and I can tell you that this will be a foundational experience for the rest of your career.

    “You each have a tremendous amount of experience. We need you to make a difference for our nation.  What you learn here is what you will need to be successful at the strategic level.”

    Martin provided some advice to the students on ways to gain the most form their 10-month program.

    • Develop yourself personally and professionally
    • Embrace and engage the experience
    • Expand and develop your mind
    • Assess yourself holistically, allow yourself to get healthy and fit as you can
    • Invest in your families
    • Invest in your relationships

    Martin said that the students needed to prioritize this lives during their time here in order to maximize the experience.

    “Create and craft your own journey. Figure out what you want to gain from this experience and develop a plan to get there,” he said.  “Invest in yourself and use all of the resources of the Army War College.”

    Members of the class said they were ready for the experience.

    “This is a great opportunity, I’m honored to be here,” said Lt. Col. John Box. “I hope this year allows me to build on my experience and how I can learn from my seminar mates.”

    “I’m anxious to learn from the viewpoint of the international students in the class,” said Lt. Col. Rodney Garfield. “I think they will provide a valuable perspective to some of the challenges we face.” 

    “I’ve heard great things about this college from previous students,” said Lt. Col. Jeffrey Jarosz. “I can’t wait to get started.”


    Opening Ceremony Aug. 5

    The USAWC year will officially kick off with an Opening Ceremony Friday, Aug. 5 at 4 p.m. here on Indian Field.


    Class of 2012 breakdown

    The U.S. Army War College Class of 2012 consists of 368 students, which include 210 Army (includes Reserve and Guard); 32 Air Force (includes Reserve and Guard); 15 Navy (includes Reserve); 18 Marine Corps (includes Reserve); and one Coast Guard officer.  U.S. military officers are board selected and typically have approximately 20 years of service, having reached the rank of lieutenant colonel or colonel.

    25 civilians from the Defense Department, the Defense Intelligence Agency, Department of the Army, Department of State, the National Security Agency, Department of Homeland Security, and the Veterans’ Administration are also in attendance.

    Rounding out the class are 67 International Fellows, senior military officers representing Afghanistan, Algeria, Australia, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burundi, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Germany, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Korea, Kuwait, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Mexico, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Nepal, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, the Philippines, Poland, Romania, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Yemen and Zambia.