Banner Archive for August 2013
 

Harvest of the Arts, Welcome Jam comes to Downtown Carlisle Sept. 28

The Downtown Carlisle Association will host the 32nd Annual Harvest of the Arts fine art and craft show on September 28, from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. on West High Street and will feature more than  juried and non-juried artists from across the Mid-Atlantic region. Bringing more than 15,000 people in one day, this event has become one of the best end-of-year art shows in Pennsylvania.

In its 32nd year, the Harvest of the Arts will host the region's largest autumn juried and non juried arts & crafts show. With art exhibitors, crafters, food vendors, children's entertainers, sponsors, and performers, this year's event will coincide with Dickinson College's Parents & Homecoming Weekend, and the event will host the annual U.S. Army War College Welcome Jam.

Kid's Alley hosts a large array of children's entertainment, arts and crafts, games, activities and children's performances. Relocated to the First United Church of Christ campus at North Pitt and West Louther, the new set up will allow for larger theater performances and grassy areas for activities.

The event will also feature the "Meeting of the Marques," an artistry on wheels motor show featuring antique automobiles.

U.S. Army War College Welcome Jam

As part of the Harvest of the Arts, Carlisle welcomes the incoming U.S. Army War College class with its annual Welcome Jam featuring the Army Field band ‘Volunteers.’

The Welcome Jam will allow these new families to tour downtown businesses, enjoy the festival, and end the day with a special musical performance.

The Farmer's on the Square Farmer's Market will have special hours during the event. Carlisle's hometown farmers market will be open from 10 am to 3pm with a wide variety of locally grown produce, fruit, cheeses, meats, and flowers.

"Volunteers" to offer free concert

Since its inception in 1981, The Volunteers has been telling the Army story through rock, pop, country, and patriotic music. Its members have performed for millions of listeners in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Kuwait, and Iraq.

The Soldier-Musicians of The Volunteers tailor their concerts to their audiences, as comfortable in Veteran's homes, hospitals, and student events as they are rocking out huge arenas for screaming fans. Recent performances at Summerfest, Country USA, and the AAA 400 at the Dover International Speedway electrified those in attendance, while their annual support of the Army All-American Marching Band gives them the opportunity to work with high school musicians.


Parrish to look at strategic level education for senior NCOs

During the convocation ceremony, Command Sgt. Maj. Malcolm Parrish assumed responsibility as the first Army War College Command Sergeant Major. Here he accepts responsibility from Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo, War College Commandant.

 

One of the newest members of The War College is here with a mission straight from the top of the Army. His mission is so important that for the first time in its history, the Army War College has its own command sergeant major.

Command Sgt. Maj. Malcolm Parrish has been charged by the Army Chief of Staff and Sergeant Major of the Army with many tasks, one of which is seeing how the educational programs here can be adapted for Senior NCOs. 

“In the Army we have identified a gap in professional military education for our senior NCOs, especially at the command sergeant major rank,” he said. “One of my charges is to see how the programs here, at TRADOC, at [the Combined Arms Center], at the Sergeants Major Academy and West Point, as well as the other services, can be adapted to meet the needs of our senior NCOs.”

The task was so important that Gen. Ray Odierno, Chief of Staff of the Army, and Sgt. Maj. Raymond Chandler, Sergeant Major of the Army, created the position and authorized Army War College leadership to hand-select the person for the position.

“We’ve evolved as an Army, as an institution, and as a profession and we senior NCOs have much to offer our senior leaders, especially at the strategic level,” he said. “What we hope to do is to create more opportunities to learn alongside our officer counterparts and encourage leader development at all levels.”

Coming from a military family, Parrish knew he wanted to join the Army from a young age, he said.

“I was that kid who was wearing his father’s Korean War equipment, always playing outside,” he said. He enlisted under the delayed entry program during his junior year of high school. His career has taken him, his wife, Sharon,  and daughter around the world to assignments in Germany, Ft. Riley, Ft. Bliss and Ft. Carson, just to name a few.

Nearly 31 years after his initial enlistment, Parrish is eager to tackle this challenge, he said.

“The opportunity to come here and be a positive part of this institution is very important to me,” said Parrish. “I wanted to come somewhere I could make a difference. I hope that by the end of my time here I am able to present options for our senior leadership that create new opportunities for leader development at the senior NCO levels.”

Parrish’s other roles will be to serve as a sounding board for the commandant and the students of the War College.

Parrish poses for a photo with his wife, Sharon, and their daughter, Samantha.  

 

“A lot of times there may be an issue or something that they want to discuss but may not feel comfortable talking about it with their peers or the commandant. I have an open-door policy. A student can come in at any time and talk,” he said, adding that he plans to sit in on academic seminar sessions to provide an NCO perspective.  

Parrish bio

A native of Arrington, Va., Command Sgt. Major Malcolm D. Parrish entered the U.S. Army in September 1982. He received his basic and advanced individual training at Fort Knox, Ky., where he was awarded MOS 19D, Armored Reconnaissance Specialist.

During 31 years of service, CSM Parrish’s leadership positions increased in responsibility: squad leader, section sergeant, platoon sergeant, tank company first sergeant, headquarters and headquarters company first sergeant, headquarters and headquarters brigade first sergeant, battalion operations sergeant major, division G3 sergeant major, battalion command sergeant major.

Parrish deployed to Kosovo for KFOR 4A in 2002; and twice in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM.

Parrish is a graduate of numerous leadership courses to include the Command Sergeant Major Development Program and Senior Leader Development Course, the Senior Executive Education Program of the Kansas University School of Business and, as of August, the Army War College Senior Leader Seminar.


USAHEC hosts Army War College panel discussion to commemorate Women's Equality Day

Army Col. Lorelei Coplen and U.S. Ambassador Helen Reed-Rowe take questions from the lunchtime crowd during the Army War College special presentation about women's service in the military at the United States Army Heritage and Education Center. The discussion featured the two Army War College leaders with parallel stories to tell about women in the U.S. diplomatic corps and the U.S. military.

 

From the Votes-for-Women era to today, the U.S. experience for women's opportunities is recognized each August with Women's Equality Day.

This year, the Army War College invited the public as well as the military community to a special presentation about women's service in the military Aug. 27 at the Army Heritage and Education Center.

The discussion featured two Army War College leaders with parallel stories to tell about women in the U.S. diplomatic corps and the U.S. military. Both will offer short presentations and a question-answer session.

U.S. Ambassador Helen Reed-Rowe recounted the U.S. experience in extending voting rights to all Americans, to include women who made a difference in the suffrage movement. She will continue with a discussion of women's roles in the Department of State, noting Secretary Hillary Clinton's participation, then as First Lady, in the United Nation's 4th World Conference for Women in 1995 in Beijing, China.

Army Col. Lorelei Coplen offered insights about women's roles in the U.S. military. Decades after the passage of the right-to-vote amendment, the military integrated women in capacities beyond nursing. Women's military roles continue to evolve today, with the recent decisions to integrate women into combat organizations.  

 

BACKGROUND: Proclaimed by the President, the United States celebrates Women’s Equality Day in August each year to commemorate women gaining the right to vote. Generations of women uttered the phrase, “votes for women” as they fought to obtain the right to vote over the course of decades of struggle.  The suffrage movement culminated with the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920, which prohibited any U.S. citizen from being denied the right to vote based on sex.  


Staff Sgt. Ty Carter receives Medal of Honor at White House

by J.D. Leipold      

 

Barack Obama places the Medal of Honor around the neck of Staff Sgt. Ty Michael Carter during a ceremony, Aug. 26, 2013, at the White House.

 

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Aug. 26, 2013) -- Staff Sgt. Ty Michael Carter became the second Soldier to receive the nation's highest military award for extraordinary gallantry and selfless actions during the Battle of Kamdesh at Combat Outpost Keating, Afghanistan, on Oct. 3, 2009.

After telling the story of the ambush, which raged for 13 hours between 53 Soldiers and some 300 Taliban, and citing Carter's complete disregard for his own safety, President Barack Obama draped the Medal of Honor around the 33-year-old Cavalry scout's neck in the White House East Room, Aug. 26.

Near the Pakistan border, the Keating battle was the first since the Vietnam War in which two living service members received the Medal of Honor for their individual actions in the same battle. Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha was presented the Medal of Honor on Feb. 11, 2013.

Carter braved merciless enemy fire from rocket-propelled grenades, anti-aircraft machine guns, mortars and small-arms by running the 100-meter length of the outpost twice to retrieve ammunition for his fellow Soldiers. At the same time he provided suppressive fire to keep the enemy from over-running the post. Then, with complete disregard for his own safety, and in spite of wounds, he discarded his M-4 and ran to a critically wounded Soldier, rendered life-extending first aid. He carried the Soldier to medics as Romesha and his team provided cover.

The battle would end the lives of eight Soldiers. An additional 25 others suffered wounds.

Before the citation was read, Obama recalled Carter's words to him earlier in the day, then asked the Soldiers from his unit -- the 61st Cavalry Regt. -- to stand and be recognized along with the families of the eight fallen Soldiers.

"Ty says, 'This award is not mine alone,'" the president said. "The battle that day, he will say, was 'one team in one fight,' and everyone 'did what we could do to keep each other alive.' And some of these men are with us again. And I have to repeat this because they're among the most highly decorated units of this entire war: 37 Army Commendation Medals, 27 Purple Hearts, 18 Bronze Stars for their valor, nine Silver Stars for their gallantry."

Obama took a few minutes to address not only Carter's courage on the battlefield, but the courage to seek help for what he finally accepted and recognized in himself as post-traumatic stress.

"As Ty knows, part of the healing is facing the sources of the pain," Obama said. "So now he wants to help other troops in their own recovery. And, it is absolutely critical for us to work with brave young men like Ty to put an end to any stigma that keeps more folks from seeking help.

"So let me say it as clearly as I can to any of our troops or veterans who are watching and struggling: Look at this man. Look at this Soldier. Look at this warrior. He's as tough as they come. And, if he can find the courage and the strength, to not only seek help, but also to speak out about it, to take care of himself and to stay strong, then so can you. So can you."
 


Jessie Faller-Parrett, U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center
Family donates World War I-era items to USAHEC

USAHEC Collection Manager Greg Statler shows a World War I recruiting poster in the Artifact Storage Area to Jack Meikrantz and his father, Josh.

 

“I just love this stuff!” Jack Meikrantz exclaimed at the conclusion of his tour in the Conservation Facility at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center. The 9-year-old visited the facility with his 8-year-old brother, Connor, and parents, Elizabeth and Josh Meikrantz, to view materials donated to the center by his family. 

The artifacts belonged to Jack’s great-great grandfather Charles F. Manness, who served in the Headquarters Company, 107th Machinegun Battalion, 28th Division during World War I.  Charles F. Manness’ son and daughter donated the materials in late 2005, and this was the first time Jack and his family saw the pieces since the donation.  After years of looking at photographs of the items, Jack begged his mom for a chance to visit the facility and see everything firsthand. 

The family finally had the opportunity to spend an afternoon with several USAHEC staff members, learning more about World War I, and the objects which belonged to Charles F. Manness.  Jack and his younger brother Connor both agreed that seeing the materials was “cool because they were old,” but even better because they belonged to members of their family.  Their favorite?  A World War I helmet brought home from overseas by their great-great grandfather as a souvenir. 

In addition to learning more about World War I from Charles F. Manness’ materials, Jack and his family had the opportunity to tour the Artifact Storage Areas.  The USAHEC uses these sections of the Conservation Facility to store the thousands of artifacts in the collection.  The family viewed some of these materials, including paintings, swords, uniforms, helmets, maps, and military posters. Jack and Connor loved seeing the other items, especially the swords, but also witnessed the dedication the USAHEC staff puts into caring for the materials entrusted to them.  Preserving history is a critical piece of the USAHEC mission, and even at the age of 9, Jack already understood, as he affirmed, “it is important to preserve history, so you don’t lose it.”

 

Jack (left) and Connor (right) Meikrantz pose with a World War I German helmet, part of the collection of materials donated to the USAHEC which belonged to their great-great grandfather, Charles F. Manness.

 

 

The USAHEC mission is to make historical materials available for use to support the U.S. Army, educate an international audience, and honor Soldiers - past and present.  Donations like those from the Meikrantz family help the USAHEC honor Soldiers, while allowing the facility to preserve the stories of their service and sacrifice to share with future generations.


Return to COP Keating: Second Soldier to receive Medal of Honor from desperate battle

(Editor's note -- This article contains graphic language in some direct quotes. The use of this language in this article is not intended to be offensive, or gratuitous. It is used to convey what the Soldiers were thinking in the heat of the battle, and in the aftermath of the battle.)

WASHINGTON (Soldiers Live, Aug. 20, 2013) -- "Help me. Please. Help me," Spc. Stephan Mace begged as sniper bullets and rocket-propelled grenades landed all around him. His legs had been blown apart, and he tried to drag himself toward a nearby Humvee using his elbows. Although he'd nearly become incoherent because of the pain, Mace remained dry-eyed -- he had lost too much blood to cry.

Inside a Humvee, just 30 yards away, two other Soldiers were trapped by intense enemy fire. They witnessed the scene around them, horrified.

"Mace is right there. He's alive. I can get to him," then-Spc. Ty Carter told his superior.

"No," then-Sgt. Brad Larson replied. Hundreds of Taliban fighters surrounded their tiny, remote outpost in the mountains of Afghanistan, and had breached Combat Outpost Keating. Their radio was dead, and for all Larson knew, he, Carter and Mace might be the only Americans left alive. The men could barely crack the Humvee's windows to return fire before enemy snipers targeted the slivers of open space. If Carter left the vehicle, he would be mowed down in seconds.

"You're no good to him dead," Larson told him.

It was, Carter remembered, the worst part of the worst day of his life. He refused to give up on Mace, however, and will receive the Medal of Honor in a White House ceremony, Aug. 26, for his heroic efforts to save his comrade.

FROM MARINE TO SOLDIER

After a childhood spent between the Bay Area of California and Spokane, Wash., Carter joined the Marine Corps in 1998 as a combat engineer. He said he wanted to change his life, to live "honestly and honorably. Plus ... I could shoot guns and blow stuff up. After joining the service and being a Marine, the feeling of purpose was great."

It was that feeling of purpose Carter said he'd miss the most when his four-year stint in the Corps was over. But five years later, after Carter had attended community college in California and was looking for a way to support his new daughter Madison, he found that sense of purpose again in the U.S. Army. He became a cavalry scout, tasked with observing enemy movements, and was soon on his way to Afghanistan with Blue Platoon, Bravo "Black Knight" Troop, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.

THE FISHBOWL

When Blue Platoon first arrived in the lawless frontier region of Nuristan in May 2009, they went to Observation Post Fritsche, a tiny base high in the Hindu Kush mountains. It was meant to provide overwatch for Keating, but no one at OP Fritsche could actually see the combat outpost, which sat at the base of 10,000- and 12,000-foot mountains. The Soldiers knew Keating was dangerous, but they could never have imagined just how bad it was, and Carter was surprised to learn that they would need to wear body armor all the time when they rotated there during the summer.

"Then, when I finally saw it, I understood," he said. "There was no safe spot. ... Tactically it was one of the worst places anyone could have chosen. ... I was in a fishbowl, but as a Soldier, you do what you're told."

Highly trained insurgents subjected the men at Keating to near-daily attacks. You could be heading to the latrine, Carter remembered, and an enemy sniper might take potshots at you.

It was too risky to go outside, Mace had told his mother, Vanessa Adelson, during his midtour leave after she asked why he was so pale and skinny. Getting supplies in via helicopter was treacherous, and most of the time, the men ate meals ready to eat or goodies from home. Hot meals were a luxury, and with all the climbing the Soldiers did when patrolling the mountains, it was hard to consume enough calories, Carter explained.

The stress was unrelenting. As it turned out, the enemy fighters were probing, testing the Americans to see exactly how they would respond to each type of explosion and every line of fire. They were getting ready for the attack they would launch Oct. 3, 2009.

A WORST-CASE SCENARIO

Shortly before dawn that morning, some 300 to 400 Taliban fighters surrounded Keating. The location was then manned by 53 Americans, an Afghan National Army unit and its two Latvian trainers. The incoming barrage, from B-10 recoilless rifles firing rocket-propelled grenades, known as RPGs, anti-aircraft machine guns, Russian DShK 12.7mm heavy machine guns, mortars, snipers and small arms fire, was overwhelming from the start, Carter recalled. Insurgents even trained sniper rifles and machine guns on the barracks' doors.

Blue Platoon's job was to resupply ammunition that day, so Carter threw a Kevlar vest over his physical training clothes and grabbed the ammo he had on hand. He ran almost 900 yards through a gauntlet of bullets so thick that it "looked like it was raining" to Soldiers inside the Humvee that housed the long-range advanced scout surveillance system, known as an LRAS.

Red Platoon's Staff Sgt. Justin Gallegos, Larson (now a first lieutenant) and Mace were already there, fighting a desperate battle against shots coming from 12 different locations, Larson recalled. He said he went through 1,200 rounds in less than 10 minutes. Mace was a brave Soldier, the best in his section, according to Larson, but he looked all at once terrified, determined and resigned. As Larson started pulling M4 magazines out of Carter's vest, Carter realized that this was a fight for their very survival.

Sprinting back to the barracks, Carter yelled "everyone needs everything," found some lubrication and headed to the ammo supply point. He shot the lock off one building and then another, opening the door just as an RPG exploded behind him, injuring another Soldier.

He headed back to LRAS2, but "incoming had increased so much that I was almost running in a staggered pattern because explosions were pushing me from side to side." It was so bad that when he got there, the .240 gun outside the Humvee was destroyed, and Gallegos, Larson and Mace had been forced to take shelter inside. Mace was already wounded.

"Either get inside or leave," they told Carter.

TRAPPED

Soon joined by Sgt. Vernon Martin, the men were trapped in a Humvee that was "rocking back and forth," Carter remembered. "You could hear the tinking of rounds hitting the armor." Sandbags gave them extra protection, but "it was only a matter of time before the armor-piercing weapons of the enemy would punch through."

An RPG exploded the Humvee's gun turret, demolishing its .50-caliber gun and peppering the men with shrapnel. By this time, enemy fighters were inside the wire and after Staff Sgt. Clint Romesha, who would also receive the Medal of Honor for his efforts to retake Keating, radioed Gallegos that his team couldn't get to the LRAS2, the men decided to make a run for it.

Carter and Larson provided cover fire while Gallegos, Mace and Martin bounded toward the latrine and then the laundry trailer. RPGs landed almost immediately, knocking everyone down and sending up a cloud of smoke and dust that momentarily blinded Carter and Larson, who was shot in the helmet. When it cleared, Carter could see Martin rounding the corner of the latrine, while Gallegos helped Mace, who had been grievously wounded. Then Gallegos turned around, firing his weapon as he was mowed down by machine gun fire. He could have made it to safety, Mace's mother said, if he hadn't stopped to help her son.

Carter and Larson both shot at insurgents who were only feet away. "Get back in the vehicle," Larson ordered Carter. "And then it got real quiet for a while and all you heard were the Apaches, so me and Carter were thinking, 'Holy shit,'" Larson remembered.

Between taking careful shots at insurgents through the windows -- the two Soldiers were down to five or six rounds each -- they talked about what to do if Keating was completely overrun. They decided they would wait for dark, low crawl to the river outside Keating, and swim downstream.

"I had no doubt I was going to die that day," Larson said, adding that he just wanted "to kill as many of them (as possible) before they got me."

"We weren't going to give up," Carter added. "We weren't going to surrender. We were going to ... come back and fight another day."

Eventually Carter saw Mace crawl first from behind the latrine, and then a second time from behind a rock.

"Are you OK?" Carter called the second time.

"Help me," Mace begged again.

"Let me go to him," Carter asked Larson.

"No," Larson refused again. "Tell him to stay behind the rock. He's got cover there."

Carter obeyed. "I'll get to you as soon as I can," he yelled to Mace.

Carter didn't know Mace well, but he was a Soldier and he was injured. That made them brothers, and Carter was livid that he had to sit by and watch.

"[It] basically just kind of crushed me -- the look on Mace's face -- it was destroying me inside," Carter said.

"I understood why Larson said I couldn't go," he conceded. "I still feel grateful he said that because I wasn't thinking in tactical terms. ... It didn't (make it easier), but he saved my life."

Carter did make it to a second Humvee that was only 10 or 15 feet behind them. It was "full of holes, cut up, punched right through the armor," but it also housed ammunition he and Larson desperately needed, and Larson finally agreed to let Carter go after Mace if he waited for one of the dozens of aircraft that swarmed Keating to make a gun run.

DARING RESCUE

Carter dashed to Mace and performed first aid under heavy fire before verifying that Gallegos was dead (Martin was missing). After another trip to confer with Larson, Carter carried Mace to the relative safety of the vehicle.

He estimated that Mace had been bleeding for about 45 minutes. His legs were mangled. His abdomen was gushing blood that had turned black. His lips were blue. He was groggy and he was in shock.

He "was getting worse by the second," Carter said. With Larson's permission, Carter exposed himself to enemy fire and left the Humvee once again, looking for anything that could help them.

"I never felt so alone in my life," he remembered. "It's like even the grass blades were out to kill you. ... Everything was a threat. ... The air smelled like burnt carbon ... (and) burning plastic because of the rocket-propelled grenades. ... It was sour, sulfury ... thick and angry."

And then, there it was: Gallegos' radio. And it worked.

Carter rushed back to the Humvee, and Larson coordinated with Romesha and Red Platoon's lieutenant to "release the death blossom," Carter said.

It was like World War II, Larson agreed, enough firepower for them to race Mace to the aid station at about noon. Out of breath, Carter fell to his knees, grateful he had managed to keep his promise.

FIRE

Then Carter reported for duty. After hours with no contact from his Soldier, Carter's platoon sergeant, then Sgt. 1st Class Jonathan Hill, who is now retired as a first sergeant, had feared he was dead. The battle was far from over however, and despite his relief, Hill ordered Carter back into the fray to identify sniper targets. After several hours, the fire that had consumed Blue Platoon's barracks with 15-foot flames spread to the tactical operations center, referred to as a TOC, and then to a tree that sat between the TOC and the aid station where medical personnel were hard at work giving Mace five buddy-to-buddy blood transfusions, a first for battlefield medicine. The tree had to come down.

Carter was the only one who knew how to work a chainsaw, so as burning embers fell on his neck, he chopped the tree until it fell onto the TOC, saving the aid station. Carter even stayed exposed to remove branches until Hill ordered him to take cover.

THE NIGHTMARE CONTINUES

The battle lasted for more than 12 hours. Adrenaline kept the men going, and the need to stay alive superseded any thoughts of the seven Soldiers who had already died, including Gallegos and Martin. That night, however, after reinforcements arrived, they had time to think about their fallen brothers, time to wonder why they had survived when others didn't.

It was "absolutely terrible," Carter remembered, "because that's when the emotions hit." And it got even worse when they learned that Mace, who had finally been evacuated half a day after he was wounded, died in surgery. "One of the things that kept me going was thinking that Larson and I were able to save Mace, and to hear that he died -- I was destroyed."

Down to just the uniforms on their backs and the weapons in their hands, Hill, Carter and the rest of Blue Platoon spent the next few nights outside on tops of containers. Under intermittent fire for the next few days, they slept for just a few minutes at a time, and only when they knew a trusted battle buddy was watching their backs, Hill remembered. And if the aircraft that constantly patrolled the skies above went silent for even a moment, everyone immediately went into battle mode once again.

Finally, three days after the battle, the Army sent the Soldiers to Forward Operating Base Bostick before bombing the now-ruined Keating. With another six months before the deployment ended, it wasn't long before Black Knight Troop was back in the fight. In fact, an improvised-explosive device blew up a Humvee that carried Hill, Carter and two other Soldiers just months later.

THE HIGHEST HONOR

It was at Forward Operating Base Bostick that Hill told Carter their leaders had recommended him for the Medal of Honor. The image of Mace begging for help haunted Carter. He was just beginning a long struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder, and at the time, was wearing sunglasses constantly because his "eyes would always well up." The Medal of Honor? Carter was almost insulted.

"Why would I even care about that right now?" he told Hill. Carter pushed it to the back of his mind, got help for the trauma of the battle, re-enlisted, transferred to Joint Base Lewis-McCord, Wash., deployed to Afghanistan again, remarried and became a stepfather and a father for the second time. After almost four years, Carter never really believed it would happen.

In fact, when a colonel recently called from the Pentagon to ask if Carter would be available to receive a phone call from a high-ranking official at a certain date and time, Carter initially said no. He was taking his family on vacation.

"You know what this is," his wife, Shannon, told him, and Carter agreed to plan their trip around the call. On the appointed day, they loaded their three kids into a camper and headed down the highway from Crater Lake, Ore., pulling into a gas station to wait for the call.

It was President Barack Obama, calling to give Carter the news. "I was like, 'OK,'" Carter said after he hung up the phone. Then he "hopped in the truck and continued on with the vacation."

Carter's first thoughts were what the medal would mean to his family. It was arrogant and selfish, he said, and now he's "trying to do what I can to make sure that everybody in Black Knight Troop is recognized for this, especially the families, who ... deserve this honor far more than I do. ... In the end, if it wasn't for (everyone else) ... they would be giving it to my mother."

Because of Carter and the other Soldiers who tried to help her son, Adelson said, Mace died in peace. "I'm so grateful ... because Stephan could have died in the dirt," she said. "I'm just overwhelmed with pride that another one of our Keating Soldiers is getting the Medal of Honor, but also that it was the person who rescued my son."

For his part, Hill's first reaction was "It's about time. ... I knew deep down inside that it was going to happen eventually, because knowing what he went through and knowing the extraordinary circumstances that he and everyone else faced, there was no way that something like this could be passed up."

He's "extremely, extremely" proud of Carter and all of his boys, but admits that he never wanted to say that a Medal of Honor recipient served under him -- it could only ever mean that something terrible had happened. He feels the same way about his own Silver Star: "Sometimes ... it's a curse. I've got something that reminds me every day of the shit storm that I survived and the shit storm where I lost my men, the shit storm that has affected all of us for the rest of our lives."

"I really don't want people to see this as, 'You deserve this,"' Carter agreed. "It's what happens when Soldiers come together who are cornered. They fight to the death for each other. I did what everybody else would have done."

(Editor's note: This is part one of a two-part series about Staff Sgt. Ty Carter, his heroic actions at Combat Outpost Keating, Afghanistan, and his struggle to overcome post-traumatic stress disorder. Read part II here: http://soldiers.dodlive.mil/2013/08/in-the-aftermath-of-keating-moh-nominee-carter-gets-help-for-ptsd/ )   


Two Carlisle Middle schools to remain closed Aug. 26

Lamberton and Wilson Middle Schools will remain closed on Monday, August 26, 2013. This additional day will allow time for teachers to prepare their classrooms following a full summer of construction/renovation at these buildings. The district appreciates the efforts of everyone involved in the project. Middle school students should report at the regular time on Tuesday, August 27, 2013.

Middle schools athletics will run on a regular schedule on Monday.

 All elementary and high school bus runs will operate on a regular schedule as posted for Monday.

Thank you for your flexibility as the different phases of the project are completed throughout this school year.

John W. Friend, Superintendent
Carlisle Area School District


We love our children, so Slow Down: It's school bus time

School busses will be picking up children at nine locations across the installation, between 6:45 and 8:30 a.m.

Carlisle Barracks' Bus Stop Courtesy plan is ready for the First Day of School here, Monday, Aug. 26.

At each of the 9 bus stops on post, a Garrison representative will be present with a roster of children's names and times of busses scheduled for

that bus stop.

The headquarters company commander, first sergeant, NCOs and civilian employees will "take positions" to ensure that each child gets to the

correct bus stop.

 Parents on post have received, by email, a schedule for bus stop location and pick-up time for their children.


Summer Sense Campaign: Has something got you down and you need someone to talk to?

Call the Employee Assistance Program

Army Substance Abuse Prevention Office 245 – 4576/3745.

    Sometimes in life we are presented with challenges. Whether it's financial, emotional or professional, sometimes it helps to talk to someone about those problems. To help with times like these the Army offers the Employee Assistance Program for civilian employees and their family members.

    The EAP provides a free, confidential service which includes screening to identify the employee's problem, and, when appropriate, a referral to a facility or program (within or outside the Army) that can assist the employee in resolving his or her problem. "The EAP acts like a 'triage,' we listen to you, and help point you in the right direction for any help you might need." 

    Participation in the EAP is voluntary and, ultimately is the employee's decision to participate or not.

    In addition to substance abuse problems, the Army EAPs provide referral services to help employees achieve a balance between their work, family and other personal responsibilities.  

EAP services for employees and supervisors  

  • Assessment and problem identification
  • Referral for treatment and rehabilitation to appropriate community counseling/treatment resources
  •  Follow-up services to aid an employee in achieving an effective readjustment to his or her job after treatment
  • Training and education for supervisors and employees about alcohol and drugs

  EAP can assist employees and their families in finding help for:

  • Depression, anxiety and other mental health issues
  • Grief and loss
  • Marital / relational issues
  • Divorce and separation
  • Alcohol and drug problems
  • Job stress / anger issues
  • Parent / child relationships
  • Child / elder care
  • Financial issues

Who can use it?

    The Employee Assistance Program is available to federal employees and their family members. Family members may contact the EAP directly and do not need to be accompanied by the employee when meeting with the EAP Representative. 

 

 

Is it confidential?

    YES.

    One of the EAP professional's highest priorities is to protect the rights of the EAP client.  The meetings and all records are subject to the same regulations as other Occupational Health Services files.

    No one may be informed of your participation in any of the Employee Assistance Program's without your written permission.

Will using the program affect my job?

    Your job security and promotional opportunities will not be affected because you seek assistance.

    By working with the EAP professional to resolve your problems before they interfere with your job, you can remain an effective and productive employee.

EAP supervisor referrals

    Occasionally, workers' personal problems manifest themselves and interfere with their work. A supervisor may elect to refer an employee to the EAP for assistance.

    This is the supervisor's way of saying that he or she cares and is concerned about you. Their interest is in helping you to resolve any personal problem, which may be adversely affecting your job performance.

How do I contact the EAP? 

    Contact the EAP office at 245-4576/3745. EAP representatives are available weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. EAP is located at 632 Wright Ave. Carlisle Barracks.

    Appointments may be scheduled at other times if you are unable to come during these hours.

    For more information contact the EAP at 245-4576/3745.

 

 


Thomas Zimmerman, Public Affairs Office
 Report suspicious activity -- here's how

As always, the  Security team here reviews and adjusts force protection measures regularly, and incorporates additional measures on a random basis so as to avoid predictability.

All personnel have a role in security: maintain general awareness of surroundings in order to become a target of opportunity; AND report all suspicious activity.

See something suspicious on post, online or get a strange phone call probing for information and don’t know what to do? You can report it using the Suspicious Activity Report tool located now at http://carlislebarracks.carlisle.army.mil/iWatch/SuspiciousActivityReport.cfm

“The tool provides employees and residents with an easy to way report anything suspicious,” said Barry Farquhar, head of the post’s plans and training division. The reports can be made anonymously if desired.

“Disclosure of the reporter's personal contact information is voluntary, but important if additional or clarifying information is needed,” said Farquhar.

The tool also allows the post to be able to track these reports to see if there are patterns developing.

“Using previous reporting systems we really had no idea if anything was reported at Carlisle Barracks because it was reported to another organization,” said Farquhar. Now reports will come into a central location and will be delivered to the appropriate organization, whether it’s law enforcement, the intelligence analyst or sent higher for more analysis.

Incident reporting tips:

  • Be Observant & Attentive
  • Remember Details about People, Places, Conversations, and Vehicles (Including License Plate Numbers)
  • Act Non-Committal and Ask for Time to Think Over Any Offers
  • Report the Incident Only to US Army Intelligence Special Agents
  • Do not self-investigate

   Immediate threats should be reported to the Carlisle Barracks Provost Marshal Office 24 Hour Line at (717) 245-4115.


By Jim Garamone, American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today announced seven new initiatives to strengthen and standardize the department's sexual assault prevention and response effort.

In a memo to the field, Hagel called elimination of sexual assault in the military one of the department's top priorities.

"This effort requires our absolute and sustained commitment to providing a safe environment in which every service member and DOD civilian is free from the threat of sexual harassment and assault," he wrote in a statement. "Our success depends on a dynamic and responsive approach. We, therefore, must continually assess and strive to improve our prevention and response programs."

On May 6, 2013, the secretary directed the services and defense agencies to strengthen the program in commander accountability, command climate, victim advocacy and safety.

The secretary's initiatives announced today strengthen these areas further. They include:

-- The secretary directed the services to improve victim legal support. He directed the service secretaries to create a legal advocacy program to provide legal representation to sexual assault victims throughout the judicial process. He set Nov. 1, 2013, as an initial operating capacity for this and for it to be fully functional by Jan. 1, 2014.

-- Hagel directed that pre-trial investigative hearings of sexual assault-related charges are conducted by Judge Advocate General officers.

-- The secretary directed service secretaries to enhance protections calling on them to develop and implement policies allowing for the reassignment or transfer of members accused of committing sexual assault or related offense. Hagel wants this done in order to eliminate continued contact while respecting the rights of both victims and the accused.

-- Hagel is requiring timely follow-up reports on sexual assault incidents and responses to be given to the first general or flag officer within the chain of command.

-- He also directed the DOD Inspector General to regularly evaluate closed sexual assault investigations.

-- Hagel ordered the service secretaries to standardize prohibitions on inappropriate behavior between recruiters and trainers and their recruits and trainees across the department.

-- And, Hagel directed the DOD general council to develop and propose changes to the Manual for Courts-Martial that would allow victims to give input during the sentencing phase of courts-martial.

The new measures should strengthen the department's sexual assault prevention and response programs, the secretary said.

"Remember, we are all accountable and responsible for eliminating this crime from our ranks," Hagel said in the memo.
 

 
 
 

Job Fair:  Carlisle Barracks offers job-seeking event

45+ central Pa. businesses registered for 25th annual Job Fair

The Job Fair at Carlisle Barracks is the largest in Central Pennsylvania and, this year will take place at the Army Heritage and Education Center, 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle 17013 on Thursday, Aug. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Job seekers will find free parking and easy access to the Center.

The Carlisle Barracks Job Fair is sponsored on behalf of military, veterans, military family members – and open to ALL regardless of association with the military. Participating employers from local, national and government agencies are hiring.

Opportunities exist for permanent long-term and for flexible and temporary positions.

Employers:  Contact Jeffrey Hanks to pre-register as a participant, 717-245-3684, or Jeffrey.hanks@us.army.mil    


Convocation, spouse welcome kick off War College year for Class of ‘14

 

Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo, Army War College Commandant, speaks to the Class of 2014 during the convocation ceremony Aug. 9 in Bliss Hall as the faculty look on.

 

The 385-member resident class, 90 USAWC Fellows, and 9 CSA Army Senior Fellows were formally introduced to the Army War College faculty and key staff members in a formal ceremony to mark the new academic year. This is one of the largest classes in history, and includes the largest body of 77 International Fellows.

The Army War College Class of 2014 officially started their 10-month academic course with a convocation ceremony held in Bliss Hall, Aug. 9.   Provost Dr. Lance Betros introduced the War College faculty – a mix of academic professionals and uniformed practitioners of the art of war and the application of strategy.

 “This year you will focus your intellectual energies on the issues associated with the global application of Landpower at the strategic level,” said Betros. “To assist you in your studies is a superb faculty of dedicated teachers, scholars and professional in a variety of disciplines. They are the very finest our Army, the sister services, federal agencies and academia have to offer.

“They will guide you, lead you and mentor you. They are your partners for the next year and, we hope, long into the future,” he said.

Betros urged the students to take advantage of the opportunities of this year.

“Your experience at Carlisle Barracks, and other institutions for the Fellows, will likely be the last time in your professional careers for prolonged study and reflection. You have ten precious months – make the most of them.”

Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo, War College Commandant, challenged the class to influence history this academic year.   

“Here you sit, Class of ’14, at a true strategic inflection point in the United States,” he said. “It is real. You could not be in a better place to have meaningful impact on the dialogue and play a role in our nation’s future.

“Ladies and gentlemen, faculty and students, we have a chance this year greater than any in the last decade to influence national outcomes with our academic output, our writing, research and discourse. There is no question in my mind that this group of 500 dedicated professional sitting here in Bliss Hall, actually this entire War College, is more than ever relevant to our nation’s needs.”

A new chapter in USAWC history was reflected when Cucolo introduced students, faculty and staff to the first command sergeant major for the Army War College.  The significance of Cmd. Sgt. Major Malcolm Parrish at this time in the College was reflected in a formal Assumption of Responsibility ceremony, and in Betros’ comments about his role.

During the convocation ceremony, Command Sgt. Maj. Malcolm Parrish assumed responsibility as the first Army War College Command Sergeant Major. Here he accepts responsibility from Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo, War College Commandant.

 

“Starting this year we will widen our focus to include preparing the most senior non-commissioned officers for service at the strategic level,” said Betros. “The arrival of Command Sgt. Maj. Malcolm Parrish, the very first command sergeant major of the U.S. Army War College, represents the start of this initiative. He will advise the Chief of Staff of the Army and the Sergeant Major of the Army on how best to deliver strategic education to the non-commissioned officer corps.”

Student Class President Col. Ken Kamper introduced a note of levity as he characterized, for the student body, the diversity of experiences among them.

 “Our class represents a tremendous breath of experience and diversity,” he said. “Our 77 international classmates hail from 66 countries.  American students represent not only all the services, including both active and reserve components, but civilians as well from across a wide variety of intergovernmental and interagency positions.

“We bring with us nearly 10,000 years of leadership and service to our fellow citizens.  There is a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience in our class,” he said.

The vast array of experience across the class suggests why the year will be beneficial to each student, he said.

 “By and large most of our leadership experience has been at the tactical and operational level,” he said. “Those -- some in our class as well -- with experience at the strategic level know strategy and policy at the strategic level is a constantly evolving art, and there is always much to be learned.”

He echoed the provost’s message to design wisely their personal version of the Carlisle Experience.

“In this complex world the Carlisle Experience is an amazing opportunity which has been granted to each of us,” he said. “It is an opportunity to gain perspective and balance, to learn, to read and write, to contemplate and reflect, to participate in dialog and discussion, to learn to question and explore all assumptions—all of this will help each of us grow and develop the skills, attributes and competencies of senior national security leaders.  We are called, we will be called upon, as we graduate, to exercise strategic leadership in a variety of roles—may our leadership be guided by the light of learning and reason.”

Following convocation, a coffee social with students, spouses, faculty and staff served as opportunity to find old friends from earlier assignments and start new relationships.

 

The students applaud as Class President Col. Ken Kamper speaks about the operational and tactical experience of the class.

 

Spouses included in welcome activities

Student spouses met separately with the commandant who welcomed them and shared his vision for the students’ year to develop the professional identity and skills of a strategic leader.

We built this program for overarching outcomes, Cucolo said to the spouses. Students are expected to embrace a new identity as senior national security leader at the strategic level, which entails mastery of peer leadership, reflecting thinking and visioning, courageous communications, leading and stewarding the Profession of Arms and serving as its exemplar, and self-actualizing. Families have a role in helping students rethink their professional identity, he said.

Cucolo recognized the experience and leadership that is resident among the student spouses. 

“We know how to take care of ourselves, and are committed to look out for others,” he said about joining a unique military community in an outpost of pride and military tradition.  Student spouses can select from a range of opportunities as rich as the students – and often overlapping.  For example, personal development opportunities include Military Family Program, FLAGS, elective auditing, programs at the Army Heritage and Education Center, and NoonTime Lectures, among others.

 


Defense Dept. reduces Civilian employees' furlough requirement from 11 days to 6 days

Defense Department civilian employees who have had to take a weekly unpaid day off from work since July 8 are getting some relief, as the total number of furlough days has been reduced from 11 to six, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced today.

“I enthusiastically welcome this new development on the furlough -- that my civilian employees will not be further disadvantaged this fiscal year,” said Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo, Carlisle Barracks Commanding General. “I am extremely proud of all my civilian personnel. They handled these hardships with incredible patience, perseverance, and professionalism and I have even greater respect for their service. No one should take it for granted, ever.

“Carlisle Barracks is in the midst of doing internal crosschecking, but we would like to get back to business as usual the week of August 19,” he said.   

Details about complete the revised furlough program will be shared here.

The full text of Sec. Hagel’s announcement --

When I announced my decision on May 14 to impose furloughs of up to 11 days on civilian employees to help close the budget gap caused by sequestration, I also said we would do everything possible to find the money to reduce furlough days for our people. With the end of the fiscal year next month, managers across the DoD are making final decisions necessary to ensure we make the $37 billion spending cuts mandated by sequestration, while also doing everything possible to limit damage to military readiness and our workforce. We are joined in this regard by managers in non-defense agencies who are also working to accommodate sequestration cuts while minimizing mission damage. As part of that effort at the Department of Defense, I am announcing today that, thanks to the DoD's efforts to identify savings and help from Congress, we will reduce the total numbers of furlough days for DoD civilian employees from 11 to six.

When sequestration took effect on March 1, DoD faced shortfalls of more than $30 billion in its budget for day-to-day operating costs because of sequestration and problems with wartime funding. At that point we faced the very real possibility of unpaid furloughs for civilian employees of up to 22 days. 

As early as January, DoD leaders began making painful and far reaching changes to close this shortfall: civilian hiring freezes, layoffs of temporary workers, significant cuts in facilities maintenance, and more. We also sharply cut training and maintenance. The Air Force stopped flying in many squadrons, the Navy kept ships in port, and the Army cancelled training events. These actions have seriously reduced military readiness.

By early May, even after taking these steps, we still faced day-to-day budgetary shortfalls of $11 billion. At that point I decided that cutting any deeper into training and maintenance would jeopardize our core readiness mission and national security, which is why I announced furloughs of 11 days.

Hoping to be able to reduce furloughs, we submitted a large reprogramming proposal to Congress in May, asking them to let us move funds from acquisition accounts into day-to-day operating accounts. Congress approved most of this request in late July, and we are working with them to meet remaining needs. We are also experiencing less than expected costs in some areas, such as transportation of equipment out of Afghanistan. Where necessary, we have taken aggressive action to transfer funds among services and agencies. And the furloughs have saved us money.

As a result of these management initiatives, reduced costs, and reprogramming from Congress, we have determined that we can make some improvements in training and readiness and still meet the sequestration cuts. The Air Force has begun flying again in key squadrons, the Army has increased funding for organizational training at selected units, and the Navy has restarted some maintenance and ordered deployments that otherwise would not have happened. While we are still depending on furlough savings, we will be able to make up our budgetary shortfall in this fiscal year with fewer furlough days than initially announced.

This has been one of the most volatile and uncertain budget cycles the Department of Defense has ever experienced. Our fiscal planning has been conducted under a cloud of uncertainty with the imposition of sequestration and changing rules as Congress made adjustments to our spending authorities.

As we look ahead to fiscal year 2014, less than two months away, the Department of Defense still faces major fiscal challenges. If Congress does not change the Budget Control Act, DoD will be forced to cut an additional $52 billion in FY 2014, starting on October 1. This represents 40 percent more than this year's sequester-mandated cuts of $37 billion. Facing this uncertainty, I cannot be sure what will happen next year, but I want to assure our civilian employees that we will do everything possible to avoid more furloughs.

I want to thank our civilian workers for their patience and dedication during these extraordinarily tough times, and for their continued service and devotion to our department and our country. I know how difficult this has been for all of you and your families. Your contribution to national security is invaluable, and I look forward to one day putting this difficult period behind us. Thank you and God Bless you and your families.


Class of 2014 starts off War College experience with tips on living longer, healthier  

On their first day in Bliss Hall, the members of the Army War College Class of 2014 learned valuable tips that will help them lead longer, healthier lives.

Two internationally-known experts who focus on motivating lifestyle and nutrition changes spoke to the class in an event sponsored by the Senior Leader Development & Resiliency Program Aug. 6.

“We want you to leverage this year to get the right balance in your life,” said Dr. Thomas Williams, SLDR director. “Your health, and the topics discussed here are a topic of strategic importance for leaders.”   

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. “

Ornish recommended these tips to make simple lifestyle changes:

  • Consume mostly plants, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and soy products in the natural forms
  • Use meat as a flavoring or as a special occasion food
  • Reduce the intake of fat, saturated fats, hydrogenated fats and trans fats
  • Avoid processed foods with ingredients a 3rd grader can’t pronounce
  • 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, 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.

It is important to think about nutrition as a way to optimize the performance of the body. There are things we do wrong in this regard such as:

  • Rushing through meals, making it more difficult to recognize when the body is sated.
  • Going for the $ value of a food item over the nutritional value.
  • Not spending time in the kitchen preparing food, quick and easy does not mean better nutritional value.
  • Short changing our bodies in regards to a balanced diet representing the appropriate portions from each of the food groups.

The ideal eating plan covers certain aspects:

  • The type and amount of the food to be consumed
  • The eating habits involved: how often, rate, consistency.
  • The amount of physical activity in a day
  • How and when you eat is as important as what is on the plate.
  • Fluid is an equally important aspect of a diet.
  • 11-16 8 oz. cups, or 90-125 oz. depending on the need is the recommended daily intake.
  • Water, milk, juice, soup, coffee, tea are the best fluids to ingest.
  • Men are recommended for 125 oz. Women  90 oz.
  • All fluids are acceptable except for alcohol. Caffeine does not dehydrate the body, and for work outs water or sports drinks are the only drinks that will help the body regain lost fluids.
  • Cut back on soda, fruit punch, alcohol and energy drinks.

Fat is an important part of a healthy diet and nutrition plan. Eliminating fat does not mark a healthier diet.

  • Fat should comprise 20-35% of daily caloric intake.
  • The type of fat used does matter.

 When travelling look for the healthier option.

  • Special requests are ok.
  • Open faced sandwiches
  • Dressing on the side
  • Don’t super size. Portion control is important.


International Fellows bring diverse perspectives to USAWC class

International Fellows, with the Old Guard, lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.

 

The Army War College will integrate 77 international officers from 67 countries into the resident class of 2014. When classes start in August, three new countries will be represented here for the first time: Kosovo, Mauritania and South Sudan.  With about 175 family members, this IF class is the largest to date – with many layers of pay-off for the Fellows, their US colleagues, and the community.

The  Army  War  College  has  the  largest  body  of  Inter- national  Fellows  among  senior  service  colleges.   When Gen.  George  Casey,  then-Chief  of  Staff of  the  Army,  directed  The  War  College  to   double  the  number  of  IF seats  from  40  to  80,  he  opened  opportunities  for  nations to send an  officer almost every year, said Col. John Burbank, director of the International Fellows Program. Significantly he multiplied the opportunities for U.S. students to learn from their multinational study partners.

The War College student seminar replicates the JIIM environment in which graduates will work: joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational. The International Fellows contribute to seminar discussions, case studies and exercises the perspectives of their nations and regions and a diverse set of experiences.   “We expect to learn as much from them as they do from us,” said Burbank about the College’s policy to consider them ‘fellows’ for whom individual initiative is an essential part of the program.

“The role of the International Fellow is to attend the exact same educational curriculum as our U.S. students, and to graduate with a USAWC diploma and a master’s degree in Strategic Studies if they qualify,” he said.

 “Most importantly, we hope that these officers, most of whom will become flag officers and eventually strategic leaders of their country’s military, will form lasting relationships with their fellow students and neighbors here in the United States,” said Burbank.

This   year   International Fellows   will participate in the full schedule of core courses, to include the Defense Management course,  examining  the  U.S. defense processes and systems to pro- vide trained and ready  forces for employment by the combatant commanders. IF participate with the full student body in the academic field trips to meet with strategic leaders of New York City’s corporate, non-profit, and government agencies; and to explore the civil-military  relations  with  Congress,  among others, in Washington D.C.   The  International Fellows  will  use  the  Term  II elective period for field trips to Unified Commands, Army, Navy, and Air Force installations and Interagency and civilian organizations.

Transitioning to American life

 

Malaysian Fellow Brig. Gen. Stephen is interviewed by local news at the Harrisburg Senators baseball game in late July.

The International Fellows’ six-week orientation to the Army War College and the Carlisle area began in mid-June, to help them transition to living and studying in the United States.  Orientation is a team effort, with assistance from the staff of the International Fellows Pro- gram and the volunteer sponsors from Carlisle Barracks and neighboring com- munities. The Fellows secure housing and furniture; learn their way around U.S.  appliances,  electronics  and  utilities;  apply for a drivers’ license;  and orient themselves to the U.S.  way of banking.  Along the way, they and their families become familiar with their new home town and central Pennsylvania.

In July, a robust  program  introduces Fellows to U.S. culture and institutions through study and travel in the  continental United States. They travel to Washington D.C. to participate in meetings, panel discussions, and tours at US-AID, CSIS, Department of State and the Pentagon. They learn about all levels of government through visits to Carlisle Borough, Cumberland County, the state capitol in Harrisburg, and national level agencies. They meet the people behind institutions like Hershey Medical Center and Hershey School; civic organizations such as Kiwanis and Rotary clubs, and recognize the diversity of American society. Former governor spokesperson Tim Reeves addressed the IF class about freedom of speech and freedom of the press – one of several guest speakers selected to provide a better understanding of American culture and American values, said Burbank. The International Fellows and their families are equally integrated into the greater Carlisle community. They live in the neighboring communities; their children attend local schools and play sports; they shop in local stores and try all that Carlisle has to offer--a variety of restaurants, entertainment, culture and history.  In turn, local schools and community members learn about different countries’ language and culture – and form lasting relationships.

 

 

 


Lt. Col. Kimberly Peeples, Garrison Commander
A special welcome to all Newcomers to include the Students, Families of the USAWC Class of 14

 

 

Activities for newcomers include "welcome jams" held for high school and middle school students allow kids to make friends before school starts and learn more about their new community. Carlisle sponsors a welcome jam for all newcomers downtown September 28, in conjuction with Harvest of the Arts.

 

I have a tremendous staff of extremely experienced and dedicated people ready to serve. They have been preparing for your arrival for many months, and we are all happy that you have arrived safely to Carlisle Barracks.

We are a small, close-knit community - but a community not defined by the housing footprint or the fence line. Approximately one third of student families live on post in some of the 221 family quarters managed by our housing partner, Balfour Beatty Communities. Whether you are living on or off post, we strive to ensure that you will have an unforgettable Carlisle Experience filled with fond memories on post, throughout the Army War College, and across the greater Carlisle area community.

Several new faces have joined my experienced garrison team, and they’ll help us take a fresh look at our programs. For example, our new Outdoor Recreation manager brings a great deal of outdoor experience. Bruce Nielson just joined us after spending the last 4 years as a professional guide in Zion National Park, Utah.  Please visit him to plan some exciting Pennsylvania adventures. We also have two new graduates managing our Youth Sports program with a plan to take our already strong program to new levels with your input and recommendations.

For the first few months of the academic year, we’re sponsoring a number of events to help you get to know each other and the community such as the County Fair, Welcome Picnic and ‘Boatyard Wars open on Aug. 9, welcome jams, ice cream socials, and school orientations.  We have a great bowling alley (newly renovated) and a beautiful golf course facility. If you would like to get involved in the community, we have a robust volunteer program managed through Army Community Service. Whatever your desire, I think we will have something to interest you. Please pick up the MWR First Choice Magazine each month for our event highlights!

We’re proud of the services and activities we offer – but we’re always striving to improve and best support your ‘Carlisle Experience’. We will do everything possible to support and serve during your tour. I read every comment card submitted through ICE and the comment box at the Exchange. You can also call my office at 717.245.3232, or stop and talk with me around post. We welcome your input, comments, and suggestions in an effort to sustain the programs that are working, and to continuously grow and improve where needed.

This is your home town. I hope that you’ll find Carlisle Barracks and the local community as welcoming we have. Since our arrival in May, we have found Carlisle to be an extremely welcoming place and wonderful community. I enjoy walking the post at night with my son, Van.  His favorite stop is the Fire Department at the center of our historic post.  We hope that you will have a similar experience.

Again, welcome to Carlisle Barracks, an outpost of pride and military tradition! We are so happy that you are here. John and I look forward to meeting you!


Carlisle Barracks team delivers security, emergency services

Carlisle Barracks police enter Dunham Army Health Clinic during a recent force protection exercise. The police along with other post and local emergency responders train to ensure the security of Carlisle Barracks Families and employees.

 

Emergency services at Carlisle Barracks come in three flavors: security guards, post police, and firefighters. Each set of emergency responders are Dept of Army Civilians, each with distinctive background requirements. “To be a Security Guard for the US Army, you need a campaign medal signifying that you’ve served in a combat zone, or during the Vietnam era,” said Bob Suskie, director of Emergency Ser-vices. They complete a local 3-week training program, and must pass a physical annually and a physical fitness test, he added.

Since 2001, the access control point at the Claremont Visitors’ Gate has been in place to safeguard the student population, the families who live on post, and the workforce.  Since then, the check- point has been studied  and modified multiple times – working with community leaders and with higher headquarters to make it as efficient and effective as is possible.

“The process  is  smoother  and  faster when people cooperate and show patience with the security force as  they implement Army and Carlisle Barracks policies,”  said  Suskie.    The lane for ID card holders is  speediest;  random checks are possible.  Visitors are asked to show valid identification, and all visitors’ cars are inspected – averaging 3 minutes per car.

James “Chess” Chesserhas been police chief here since October 2009 when he relocated from Savannah,  Georgia.  An Army brat originally, from a long line of Army Soldiers, Chess served in the Army  as  Military  Policeman  and  MP Investigator,  and  retired  to  serve  as chief deputy for a sheriff’s department in Georgia.   “I  took a break from the Army for about three years and took the chance to work for the government again.

“I call it coming back home,” said Chess for whom this is his hometown. He lives on Marshall Road and has many  reasons to care about the expertise of the police force.

“In May, a vehicle ran into the perimeter fence and left the scene,” he said. “The two  officers  working   midnight shift found the breech, and then found the vehicle parked at the nursing home. Working with local police, we were able to secure the fence and bill the driver.

Officer Jason McCoy, the third shift patrolman, is the officer who puts on the bike rodeo and repairs our police bikes. He came to us a from a small Pa. town where he was the police chief,” said Chesser.  “Officer Jeffrey Matthews is our  most  experienced  incident-command officer.  He came to us from the Pentagon where he  was working as a DOD Police during the 9/11 timeframe.

Det. Sven Sheppardreceived a lost cell phone recently, tracked down owner Sgt. 1st Class Burns, and returned it to him the day before he left Carlisle to retire to Washington state, said Chesser, ready with a host of stories about his force.

“It’s the quality of all of the proactive patrolling and policing we do. If we find a broken window, we make sure it’s reported  and follow up – so the whole wall doesn’t fall down,” said Chesser, referring to the “Broken Window” theory of policing.

DA Civilian Police operations here create a visible presence for a proactive deterrence and for fast response to calls for  assistance.   Keeping kids safe is a primary responsibility for the police officers, who prepare for this assignment at the  9-week Army DA Police Officer Academy at Fort Leonard Wood. Kids on bikes and bouncing balls on narrow streets are the reason for the 15 mph speed limit.

Bicycle patrols get the police officers out of patrol cars and out with the kids, the runners, the walkers – the community.  “We conduct walk-throughs of the Youth Center, movie theater, Exchange, and Commissary so we can get to know the community – important when much of the community turns over each year,” said Suskie.  “They’ll walk through the skate park to get to know the kids and so the kids know them.”

Emergency services here are stronger because  of  agreements  with  several neighboring law enforcement agencies. Suskie and Chesser both belong to the Cumberland County Chiefs of Police Association. “We share information and do a lot of work with the Carlisle Borough Police Dept and Middlesex and North   Middletown   townships,”   said Suskie. “We have  a good partnership with them, the county Emergency Operations Center,  and  the  Cumberland County Special Reaction Team.”

Throughout the year, first responders exercise  responses  and  cross-agency coordination in a series of exercises on post. Once a year, for example, they train together with the SRT.  This year, they’ve educated and supported employees in Collins Hall, Root Hall, and Dunham Army Health Clinic in ‘active shooter’ response exercises. Residents will notice   DES’s   monthly   training events.  For each shift, the firefighters, police  and  guards  will  train  together once a month in a on-post training site marked with “Training Event” signs.

Carlisle   Barracks   Firefighters   must meet Army requirements to be part of the force here, and they are among the few exempted from the furlough.  The fire company here has agreements with surrounding townships and Carlisle borough  to  support,  as  2nd  responders, other firefighting when there is a need. There when they are needed, they exercise  firefighting skills and processes as they build good will and mutual support.  The fire department sponsors an annual fire prevention program in October, complete with open house.

The security guards and post police are included in furlough, and they’re maintaining security through a series of interim  measures.   The bike rodeo and the  DES  open  house  were  cancelled, 4th quarter training has been suspended; all shifts have been reviewed and rearranged with police chief, captains & detective taking shifts on the road. Reduced manning on the gates occasionally results in backed-up traffic and slower  entrance times. The  construction site for the new YS is an enclave, cut off from the rest of the post by the post perimeter fence so that construction trucks can come and go without adding to traffic at the checkpoint while keeping the post secure.

 


Family member starts CHS new student sponsorship program 

Janie Haseman, daughter of Army War College staff member Col. Mark Haseman, has created a new sponsorship program for new Carlisle High School students. Located at  carlisles2s.weebly.com ,  the  site  has  basic  information about the school, its sports, classes, and graduation requirements.

“The CHS new student sponsorship program is an opportunity for any new student to Carlisle High School to meet a current student before they arrive, as well as get any questions that they may have answered,” she said.  “If they don't want to request a sponsor--a current student who shares their grade, gender, and usually interests--they can always peruse the wealth of information about CHS found on the program's website (CarlisleS2S.weebly.com), much of it difficult or impossible to find elsewhere.”

Haseman said that her purpose in creating the project was to ensure that all new students are provided with the re- sources they need throughout their transition to Carlisle High School and in some cases, didn’t have, but she though they should.

“I moved to Carlisle last summer, and looking back at the end of the year I realized there were definitely some things that would have been nice to know before starting school here,” she said. “I wanted to make everything I wished I had known available to new students, so I created a website to help out with that.”

Haseman took part in a similar program while living overseas.

“When I first moved to SHAPE (Belgium) to begin high school there, I was sponsored by someone who eventually became a really good friend,” she said. “I ended up becoming a part of the leadership team for the sponsorship program at that school. I thought it was great and really helpful, so with some guidance from the faculty advisor at SHAPE I decided to begin the same type of program here.”

Her goal, she said, is to make moving to a new area easier for the newcomers.

“I really hope that they will just feel comfortable--or at least more comfortable than they would otherwise--walking into school for their first few days,” she said. “Transitions are never easy, but I would hope that this program would make things a little more simple, keeping new students well informed and giving everyone an easy way to meet new people.”


by Thomas Zimmerman
Rosado assumes duties as USAG Command Sgt. Major

Command Sgt. Maj. Charles Rosadoaccepts responsibility from Lt. Col. Kimberly Peeples, Garrison Commander, during the assumption of responsibility ceremony Aug. 2.

The new top enlisted Soldier at the U.S. Army Garrison at Carlisle Barracks has singular goal in mind for his time here, taking care of people.

“We are in tough times for Soldiers, civilian employees and their Families,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Charles Rosado, who assumed his responsibilities during a ceremony Aug. 2 in Reynolds Theater.  “Even with the fiscal challenges we face, I still see a dedicated, professional staff here and I want to do all I can to support them.”

Rosado, a Long Island, New York native who will soon pass the 29-year mark in the Army, comes from a military family. His father served in the Air Force and multiple other family members served in the Army and Navy. Rosado and his wife, Katherine, have seven children from ages 16 to 33.

“I always knew that I wanted to serve in the Army,” he said. “It’s hard to explain just how welcoming and special it is to be a part of the Army community. You can just see and feel the pride this community takes when you drive on this beautiful installation. You can tell that people love being here and being a part of the Army.”

That community extends beyond just the Soldiers and the families who work at Carlisle Barracks he said.

“I want to make sure that we not only take care of those who live and work here, but also those other servicemembers and their Families who live here but work at the other installations in the area,” he said. Rosado also wants to be a resource for the military retirees in the area and the Soldiers who work at the tenant organizations here.

“I just want to be able to give back to the Army, which has given so much to me,” he said.

Lt. Col. Kimberly Peeples, garrison commander,  said that Rosado was the perfect choice.

“Command Sgt. Major Rosado is a Soldier’s Solider,” she said. His is a professional and extremely caring individual I am confident that the Army has made the right choice in assigning Command Sergeant Major Rosado to this historic post.”

Rosado bio

Command Sergeant Major Charles A. Rosado entered the U.S. Army in November 1984. He received his Basic and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sill, OK where he was awarded the MOS 31V. During his 28 years of service, Rosado has held numerous leadership positions which include squad leader, section sergeant, platoon sergeant, AIT Instructor, Battalion Communications Chief, Brigade Communications Chief, First Sergeant, Network Operations Sergeant Major, and G6 Sergeant Major.

His previous assignments include Headquarters, 25th Infantry Division (Light), Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; Alpha and Charlie Company, 615th Aviation Support Battalion, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade; Headquarters, 4th Brigade Combat Team; Headquarters, 2-227th Aviation Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, Fort Hood; Headquarters, 369th Signal Battalion, Fort Gordon, GA; 413th Signal Company, 94th Air Defense Brigade, Darmstadt, GE; Headquarters, 1/12 Cavalry Regiment, Fort Knox, KY; 61st Maintenance Company, 227th Maintenance Battalion; and Headquarters, 24th Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, GA.

Throughout his career, Rosado has continued to further his military education and training. He completed the Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical School, The Equal Opportunity Leader Course, The Warrior Leader, Advanced Leader, and Senior Leader Course, The First Sergeant Course, and the Sergeant’s Major Academy Course (Class 60).

Rosado has earned his Associate Degree of Science in General Education from Central Texas College. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and is in his senior year.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, three oak leaf clusters, Meritorious Service Medal, two oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal, four oak leaf clusters, the Army Achievement Medal, four oak leaf clusters, the National Defense Service Medal, one Bronze Star, Korean Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Army Superior Unit award, and the Meritorious Unit Citation.

 


Class of 2013 Distance education program student award winners

 

The Commandant of the U.S. Army War College is pleased to announce the names of students who received awards at the graduation ceremony July 26 :

The Commandant’s Award for Distinction in Research

 

Deegan,

    COL Michael J.

    U.S. Army Reserve

   

“Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Legitimate Weapon

Systems or Unlawful Angels of Death?”

 

COL Brett D. Weigle

DDE

Ferrell,

    LTC Bruce K.

    U.S. Army

 

“Avoiding Praetorian Societies: Focusing U.S. Strategy on Political Development”

 

Professor William J. Flavin

PKSOI

The AWC Foundation Award for Outstanding Program Research Paper

Raphun,

    COL Charles R.

    U.S. Army Reserve

 

“The Telecommunications Industry and Cyber Network Security: A Strategic Collaboration”

 

COL Jonathan D. Beard

DDE

 

 

The AWC Foundation Personal Experience Monograph Writing Award

Nielsen,

    COL Peter E.

    U.S. Army

 

“Diplomatic Support Hospitals in Iraq: Improving Interagency Collaboration and Surgical Team Training”

 

Mr. Frank E. Blakely

DDE

Cook,

    COL Amy F.

    U.S. Army

 

“The Dichotomy of Detention Operations: A Tale of Two Facilities”

Dr. Jeffrey L. Groh

DDE

 

The AWC Foundation Daniel M. Lewin Cyber-terrorism Technology Writing Award

Cartin

    Mr. Josh M.

    Department of State

 

“Don’t Forget the Humans: Toward a 21st Century Offensive Cyber Strategy”

 

COL Brett D. Weigle

DDE

The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) Writing Awards

 

 

Trautman,

    COL Tracey J.

    District of Columbia Army

        National Guard

 

 

“NATO’s Smart Defense: Increasingly Relevant to the U.S. Military”

 

COL Harold M. Hinton

DDE

The Lieutenant General Thomas J. Plewes Reserve Components

National Security Strategy Writing Award

 

 

Lloyd,

    LTC Earnest R. 

    U.S. Army Reserve

 

“Stability Operations, Civil Information Management and Spatial Decision Support Systems”

 

Professor William J. Flavin

PKSOI

The AWC Foundation Alumni Lifetime Membership Award

Elderd III,

    COL Raymond K.

    U.S. Army Reserve


What parents need to know about college drinking

Army Substance Abuse Program – 245-4576

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

A Snapshot of Annual High-Risk College Drinking Consequences

The consequences of excessive and underage drinking affect virtually all college campuses, college communities, and college students, whether they choose to drink or not.

  • Death: 1,825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including motor vehicle crashes (Hingson et al., 2009).

  • Injury: 599,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are unintentionally injured under the influence of alcohol (Hingson et al., 2009).

  • Assault: 696,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are assaulted by another student who has been drinking (Hingson et al., 2009).

  • Sexual Abuse: 97,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape (Hingson et al., 2009).

  • Unsafe Sex:400,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 had unprotected sex and more than 100,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 report having been too intoxicated to know if they consented to having sex (Hingson et al., 2002).

  • Academic Problems:About 25 percent of college students report academic consequences of their drinking including missing class, falling behind, doing poorly on exams or papers, and receiving lower grades overall (Engs et al., 1996; Presley et al., 1996a,1996b; Wechsler et al., 2002).

  • Health Problems/Suicide Attempts:More than 150,000 students develop an alcohol-related health problem (Hingson et al., 2002), and between 1.2 and 1.5 percent of students indicate that they tried to commit suicide within the past year due to drinking or drug use (Presley et al., 1998).

  • Drunk Driving:3,360,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 drive under the influence of alcohol (Hingson et al., 2009).

  • Vandalism:About 11 percent of college student drinkers report that they have damaged property while under the influence of alcohol (Wechsler et al., 2002).

  • Property Damage:More than 25 percent of administrators from schools with relatively low drinking levels and over 50 percent from schools with high drinking levels say their campuses have a "moderate" or "major" problem with alcohol-related property damage (Wechsler et al., 1995).

  • Police Involvement:About 5 percent of 4-year college students are involved with the police or campus security as a result of their drinking (Wechsler et al., 2002), and  110,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are arrested for an alcohol-related violation such as public drunkenness or driving under the influence (Hingson et al., 2002).

  • Alcohol Abuse and Dependence:31 percent of college students met criteria for a diagnosis of alcohol abuse and 6 percent for a diagnosis of alcohol dependence in the past 12 months, according to questionnaire-based self-reports about their drinking (Knight et al., 2002).

 

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

 

  • Pay special attention to your son’s or daughter’s experiences and activities during the crucial first 6 weeks on campus. With a great deal of free time, many students initiate heavy drinking during these early days of college, and the potential exists for excessive alcohol consumption to interfere with successful adaptation to campus life. You should know that about one-third of first-year students fail to enroll for their second year.

  • Find out if there is a program during orientation that educates students about campus policies related to alcohol use. If there is one, attend with your son or daughter, or at least be familiar with the name of the person who is responsible for campus counseling programs.

  • Inquire about and make certain you understand the college’s “parental notification” policy.

  • Call your son or daughter frequently during the first 6 weeks of college.

  • Inquire about their roommates, the roommates’ behavior, and how disagreements are settled or disruptive behavior dealt with.

  • Make sure that your son or daughter understands the penalties for underage drinking, public drunkenness, using a fake ID, driving under the influence, assault, and other alcohol-related offenses. Indicate to them that you have asked the college/university to keep you informed of infractions to school alcohol policies. (for alcohol policies on college campuses see www.collegedrinkingprevention.gov/policies).

  • Make certain that they understand how alcohol use can lead to date rape, violence, and academic failure.

  • Stay actively involved in the life of your child.

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE LAW IN PENNSYLVANIA – provided by the PA Liquor Control Board, LCB-162 04/11 – www.lcb.state.pa.us

 

A youth (under age 21) commits a summary offense if he or she attempts to purchase, purchases, consumes, possesses, or knowingly and intentionally transports any liquor or malt or brewed beverages. The penalty for a first offense of this nature is a $300.00 fine and/or 90 days in jail and 90 days suspension of driving privileges. Knowingly and falsely misrepresenting your age for the purpose of buying alcohol is punishable with up to a $300.00 fine, 90 days in jail, and 90 days license suspension. Manufacturing, altering, or selling an identification card to falsely represent identity, birth date or age is punishable with a fine up to $5,000.00 and 2 years in jail. A driver, under age 21, with a blood alcohol level of .02% or higher could lose his or her license for up to a year, spend up to 24 months in jail and be fines up to $5,000.00.

 

KNOWING THE LAW IS IMPORTANT, BUT IT IS NOT ENOUGH

 

Your student’s college or university can add consequences in addition to the civil charges. These can include academic probation, loss of housing, fines, suspension and expulsion. Talk to your student about these issues before they head off to campus and continue communication while they are on campus.

 

For additional information contact the Army Substance Abuse Prevention Office at 245 – 4576.


Army recognizes fourth Annual Antiterrorism Awareness Month

What is it?

The Army's antiterrorism (AT) program protects personnel, information, and facilities in all locations and situations against terrorist activities. The purpose of AT Awareness Month is to instill Army-wide heightened awareness and vigilance to protect Army communities from acts of terrorism. To protect our communities, we must embed AT awareness into training, leader development, and education across the force. That level of awareness is our most certain defense against terrorists.

Why is this important to the Army?

Antiterrorism awareness empowers the entire Army (units, leaders, Soldiers, DA civilians, families, and contractors) to take prevention measures and encourages each individual to serve as a "sensor" -- continuously aware of and reporting suspicious activity. This year AT Awareness Month focuses on priority areas such as recognizing and reporting suspicious activity, the use of social media to support community outreach, and Army law enforcement as a critical enabler for the protection our communities.

What is the Army doing?

Some of the Army's most significant AT initiatives for fiscal year 2013 (FY 13) include continuous emphasis on the implementation of iWATCH Army, development of a primer for the use of social media to expand AT awareness community outreach, and an ongoing, concerted effort to establish a new Army Threat Integration Center (ARTIC) to integrate, fuse, analyze, and disseminate all-source threat information. Most recently, on July 17, 2013, the Department released and a new Sergeant Major of the Army's Antiterrorism Awareness Video.

In support of an active AT awareness campaign, the Department of the Army, Office of the Provost Marshal General (OPMG) develops products and tools to support the field. These products are available on the Army OPMG Antiterrorism Enterprise Portal (search terms: Army OPMG ATEP on AKO).

In addition, to commemorate the attacks of 911, the OPMG (AT Branch) will establish an AT information booth in the Pentagon from Aug. 6-8, 2013, to share information with members of the Army staff as well as other Pentagon tenants. Commands from across the Army will also be conducting events to observe AT Awareness Month.

What continued efforts does the Army have in the future?

  • • Increased AT awareness associated with cyber threats
  • • Integration of AT into the Army Protection Program and DOD Mission Assurance
  • • Continuation of AT awareness quarterly themes for FY14
  • • Execution of quarterly Army AT synchronization video teleconferences

President Obama to award Medal of Honor

On August 26, 2013, President Barack Obama will award Staff Sergeant Ty M. Carter, U.S. Army, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry.  Staff Sergeant Carter will receive the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as a cavalry scout with Bravo Troop, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, during combat operations in Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan on October 3, 2009.

Staff Sergeant Carter will be the fifth living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.  He and his family will join the President at the White House to commemorate his example of selfless service.

PERSONAL BACKGROUND: 

Staff Sergeant Ty Michael Carter grew up in Spokane, Washington and claims Antioch, California as his home of record.  He is married to Shannon Carter and they have three children; Jayden Young, Madison Carter and Sehara Carter.   

Staff Sergeant Carter enlisted in the Army in January 2008 as a cavalry scout.  After completion of training at Ft Knox, Kentucky, he was assigned to 3-61 Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, where he deployed to Afghanistan from May 2009 to May 2010.  In Oct 2010, he was assigned as a Stryker gunner with 8-1 Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.  He completed a second deployment to Afghanistan in October 2012.  Carter is currently stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington and is assigned to 7th Infantry Division.

His military decorations include:  Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Army Good Conduct Medal, Navy Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two Campaign Stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon w/Numeral 2, Army Service Ribbon, Oversea Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, the Combat Action Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge and Air Assault Badge.

Staff Sergeant Carter has also been credited with the following unit awards: Valorous Unit Award and the Meritorious Unit Commendation.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

THE MEDAL OF HONOR:

The Medal of Honor is awarded to members of the Armed Forces who distinguishes themselves conspicuously by gallantry above and beyond the call of duty while:

  • engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States;
  • engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or
  • serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party. 

The meritorious conduct must involve great personal bravery or self-sacrifice so conspicuous as to clearly distinguish the individual above his or her comrades and must have involved risk of life. There must be incontestable proof of the performance of the meritorious conduct, and each recommendation for the award must be considered on the standard of extraordinary merit.


Army Ten-Miler's U.S. service members lottery opens Aug. 1

WASHINGTON (July 31, 2013) -- The Army's race will hold a special online lottery for U.S. service member, Aug. 1-15. The lottery is open to all U.S. service members and they must use a .mil email address when registering.

Lottery registration will be conducted at www.armytenmiler.com, and 500 registrants will be randomly selected by a computer generated drawing, Aug. 16.

Registrants will be required to enter a valid credit card, but will not be charged unless selected. Between Aug. 1 and Aug. 20, all registrants will receive an email notification stating whether they were selected or not selected. The searchable database on the Registration/Confirm tab of the Army Ten-Miler website will be updated with the names of the runners that were selected by 23 Aug.

Lottery winners who are unable to run may transfer their registration thru the Army Ten-Miler Transfer Program until Aug. 30, or join a team until Sept. 6. Questions? Call 202-685-4820.

ABOUT THE ARMY TEN-MILER

The Army's 29th annual Army Ten-Miler race is scheduled for Sunday, 20 Oct. in Washington, D.C. at the U.S. Pentagon. Produced by the U.S. Army Military District of Washington, D.C., known as MDW, this prestigious race attracts 35,000 military and civilian runners from around the world. It is the third largest 10-mile race in the world, and all proceeds benefit Soldier and Soldier family MWR programs.

The Army Ten-Miler event also features a two-day Army Ten-Miler Expo, presented by Boeing, on Oct. 18-19, at the D.C. Armory. The expo hosts more 75 exhibitors and attracts 40,000 attendees. Race day activities include a "world class" race with elite athletes, live music, youth activities, and the popular "Hooah Tent Zone" which features interactive displays and exhibits by Army installations from around the world.