Banner Archive for August 2014

IMCOM Commander holiday safety message

We celebrate Labor Day across the country to recognize the achievements of American workers and the contributions they made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our country.  Our Army has ample reasons to be especially proud of the work you do every day on behalf of Soldiers and Families.  You deserve a day off and should take the time to enjoy this holiday weekend - but do it with appropriate planning and awareness for safety.

Many of us will celebrate this occasion with family and friends.  Holiday celebrations often mean more travel and increased recreational activities which increases the risk of accidents.  Let us use effective risk assessments and countermeasures to help prevent accidents on and off duty this Labor Day.

Privately owned vehicle accidents present the greatest threat to our safety. All IMCOM Soldiers should use the TRiPS system prior to driving long distances.  The link is found at

As with every holiday, civil authorities will be out on the roads to ensure highways are safe from impaired drivers.  Implement the Army Values of Integrity and Honor in doing what is right.  Do not drink and drive.  Get plenty of rest.  Put down the cell phone.  Your contributions to the IMCOM Family are invaluable and we need you back safely.  

While enjoying water-related activities, remember that with these activities comes added responsibilities.  Do not swim alone and only swim in approved swimming areas.  When temperatures are extreme, take necessary precautions to reduce the possibility of heat injuries by drinking plenty of water, using sun screen and not over doing outdoor activities.

With your diligence, IMCOM will continue the tradition of excellence and safety - plan and prepare for your holiday activities and look out for one another.  CSM Hartless and I are honored to serve with each of you.  Have a happy and safe Labor Day weekend!

Army Strong!

LTG David Halverson       CSM Jeff Hartless

Paving, re-lining project to add 11 spots to Lovell Ave parking lot

A paving project for the parking lot between 314 and 315 Lovell Ave will temporarily close a portion of the lot, but after complete, will add five vehicle and six motorcycle spots.

On Aug, 28 the parking lot will be closed starting at 6 a.m. for cleaning before the project can begin. After the lot has been cleaned, a portion of the lot will be re-opened.  The spots along the back, creek-side of the lot will remain closed.

On Aug. 29, the entire lot will be closed for paving and re-painting. Those working in the buildings or using Thorpe Hall can park along LeTort Lane and adjacent to the swimming pool near 330 Engineer Ave.

The project is expected to be complete and the parking lot re-opened on Sept. 2.  

By Claudette Roulo, DoD News, Defense Media Activity
DoD plays key role in disaster response, official says

WASHINGTON, Aug. 27, 2014 - September is National Preparedness Month, a time when people across the country are encouraged to prepare for emergencies and disasters, Todd M. Rosenblum, acting assistant Secretary of Defense for homeland defense and Americas' security affairs, said yesterday.

"National Preparedness Month is essentially about the entire nation building its preparedness to have resiliency to respond to natural or manmade disasters," Rosenblum said.

In addition, President Barack Obama has declared September 30th as America's PrepareAthon day, a day of action for individuals, organizations and communities to prepare for six specific hazards -- earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires and winter storms.

*DoD's disaster response role*

"National Preparedness Month is especially important for DoD ... because DoD plays a critical role in the national response to emergency events," Rosenblum said.

It's particularly important that DoD personnel be prepared, he said, because they may be asked to respond to a disaster while their homes or families are affected by that same disaster.

"What we have found over time is the most important thing you could do in terms of being able to respond effectively and recover quickly is to be prepared beforehand," Rosenblum said. "For the DoD family this comes intuitively, because for us preparedness means readiness."

*Be prepared, informed*

There are four elements to being prepared, he said: Be informed, make a plan, build a kit, and get involved.

Being informed means knowing what kinds of disasters may strike the area in which you live, he said. And whether that's hurricanes, fires, flooding, earthquakes, or broader hazards like terrorism, the Federal Emergency Management Agency's website can help people learn more about the hazards in their area and how to prepare for them, Rosenblum noted.

In addition to FEMA's website, each state and many counties or local governments offer disaster planning information on their official government websites.

*Have plan for emergencies*

Planning for a disaster or emergency means taking into consideration your family's unique needs so that everyone will know what they should do during an event.

Once you have a plan, you can build a toolkit so you will have the supplies you and your family need in the event you don't have power or water, or if the communication network goes down, he said.

"And finally, it is critical that everyone be involved, because preparedness, response and recovery have to involve everyone in the community, and the first responders are typically the leading edge. Many of those first responders will come from the DoD community at the base and installation level," Rosenblum said.

*DoD provides big capability*

DoD has the nation's greatest capability to respond to disasters, he said, and does so not just because it is required to under the National Response Framework, but because it is part of being a good neighbor.

The National Response Framework establishes the rules for how and when DoD and other federal agencies can contribute to the national response to disasters or emergencies. It's part of a suite of five National Planning Frameworks that include prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery.

Typically, when the National Response Framework is activated, FEMA will request that DoD provide a certain of capability -- logistical support or generators, for example. Generally, that capability will need to be made available within the first 24 to 72 hours of an emergency -- the most critical hours, he said.

DoD's contribution to national preparedness comes at multiple levels, Rosenblum said.

"Obviously, the mission of national defense and homeland defense is the center of our responsibility to the nation," he noted.

*Requesting federal assistance*

In addition, DoD is a critical actor in support to civil authorities during emergencies, Rosenblum said. If an individual state cannot meet its emergency response needs by itself or in partnership with another state, it'll come to the federal government for assistance, he explained.

"FEMA is typically the federal lead," he said. "Beyond that, FEMA will often reach out to DoD to provide assistance for especially large scale events, such as we saw in Hurricane Sandy or Hurricane Katrina."

Once an emergency or disaster occurs and DoD's help is requested, that help can take many forms, Rosenblum said. For instance, he said, installation commanders often have a mutual aid agreement with local first responders that promises the installation will provide assistance to the community in the event help is needed. Examples of how these agreements work may include a local fire department needing the help of an military installation's fire department during a large structure fire, or when service members help fill sandbags when a neighboring community is preparing to face a flood.

*Fire suppression aid*

Another way DoD provides disaster and emergency response is through its support of the National Interagency Fire Center, Rosenblum said.

"That means that DoD is ready to support, when requested, federal firefighting efforts," he said. "... Typically, the states first manage fire response, and if the fires are on federal land, then they will request support from the federal government."

Then, in partnership with a state's National Guard and lead federal agencies, DoD can provide assistance in fire suppression activities or in observing and identifying a fire's movements or behavior, he added.

*Hurricane Sandy disaster assistance*

"Hurricane Sandy is a great example of the diversity of support DoD provides, as well as the complexity of responding to an event in a major urban area that crosses state lines," Rosenblum said.

DoD support in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy was provided at multiple levels, he explained. First, it came under the immediate response authority. "It also was provided by the Defense Logistics Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers," Rosenblum said. DLA has a unique capability to let large-scale and emergency contracts quickly, he said, which enabled it to provide the generators that powered the recovery effort.

"In terms of the complexity of Sandy, what we also learned when power went out, one of the critical capabilities that was lost was the ability to pump gas," he said. Without gas, the generators couldn't run, which meant there was no power for communications. There was also no way to move people and goods, Rosenblum added.

So, he said, the first generators were dedicated "to making sure, at the gas station and at the larger infrastructure level, that those capabilities had sustainable power supplies so they could operate and therefore we could do the more direct tasks that assisted people in recovery."

Two Vietnam War Soldiers, one from Civil War to receive Medal of Honor

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Aug. 26, 2014) -- The White House announced today that Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins and Spc. 4 Donald P. Sloat will receive the Medal of Honor for actions in Vietnam.

It was also announced 1st Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing will posthumously receive the Medal of Honor for actions in the Civil War during the Battle of Gettysburg.

President Barack Obama will award the medal to Adkins during a White House ceremony, Sept. 15. At the same ceremony, Dr. William Sloat of Enid, Oklahoma, will accept the medal on behalf of his brother Donald, who died in battle. Details on Cushing's award will be announced separately, according to the White House statement.


Then-Sgt. 1st Class Adkins was serving with Detachment A-102, 5th Special Forces Group, 1st Special Forces at Camp A Shau, Vietnam. In the early morning hours of March 9, 1966, the camp was attacked by "a large North Vietnamese and Viet Cong force," according documentation.

Adkins, who manned a mortar, "received several direct hits from enemy mortars" and was wounded. Despite his wounds, he ran through exploding enemy fire to drag other wounded comrades to safety.

Then, as the fighting intensified, members of the South Vietnamese Civil Irregular Defense Group defected to the enemy, according to documentation of the battle.

Fighting continued all day and during the early morning hours of March 10, enemy forces launched their main attack. Adkins purposely drew enemy fire to his position so that Air Force pilots could attempt to evacuate the other Soldiers.

By 6:30 a.m., Adkins was the only man left firing a mortar, the document continues. When the last mortar round was fired, Adkins poured "effective recoilless rifle fire upon enemy positions." Despite additional wounds, Adkins "fought off waves of attacking Viet Cong, eliminating numerous insurgents."

After being ordered to evacuate the camp, Adkins and a small group of Soldiers fought their way out to the extraction point, carrying their wounded. Upon reaching the landing zone, they found out that the last rescue helicopter had departed, so the group evaded the enemy until March 12, when they were finally rescued by helicopter.

During the 38-hour battle and 48 hours of escape and evasion, it is estimated that Adkins killed as many as 175 of the enemy, while sustaining 18 wounds to his own body.

When asked how he could continue to help others evade the enemy with so many wounds, Adkins said "you just don't quit. You don't know what the word quit means."

He said, however, that the medal doesn't really belong to him. "I'm just a keeper of the medal for those other 16 people who were in the battle, especially the five who didn't make it."


Spc. 4 Donald P. Sloat distinguished himself while serving as a machine gunner with 3rd Platoon, Company D, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 196th Light Infantry Brigade, Americal Division, during combat operations near Danang, South Vietnam.

On the morning of Jan. 17, 1970, Sloat's squad was on patrol, moving up a small hill in file formation, according to documentation of the battle.

"The lead Soldier tripped a wire attached to a hand grenade booby-trap, set up by enemy forces," according to the document. As the grenade rolled down the hill, Sloat knelt and picked it up.

"After initially attempting to throw the grenade, Sloat realized that detonation was imminent" so he drew the grenade to his body and shielded his squad members from the blast, saving their lives, but sacrificing his own, the document concludes.


Cushing distinguished himself during combat operations in the vicinity of Cemetery Ridge, July 3, 1863, while serving as a commanding officer of Battery A, 4th United States Artillery, Artillery Brigade, 2nd Corps, Army of the Potomac.

He was grievously wounded defending the Union's position during Longstreet's Assault, known as Pickett's Charge. He refused to evacuate, the White House said.

As the Confederates advanced, Cushing, who was 22 years old, manned the only remaining and serviceable field piece in his battery, the statement said.

"With the rebels within 100 yards of his position, Cushing was shot and killed during this heroic stand," the White House said. "His actions made it possible for the Union Army to successfully repulse the Confederate assault."

Team to mark post utilities Sept 2-5

From Sept 2 to 5, a team from OACSIM Installation Geospatial Information & Services (IGI&S) Support Center will be on post conducting locations of the majority of our utilities (Water, Sewer, Gas, Electric and Storm) as part of a project designed to update the Carlisle Barracks geospatial database. The team will be using survey grade GPS receivers to obtain coordinate locations of utility structures, i.e. water valves, gas valves, sewer & electric manholes. They are CAC holders and will have a letter acknowledging they are conducting business for Carlisle Barracks DPW.

This work will allow DPW to have accurate locations of Carlisle Barracks utilities structures, as well as conform to the data layers that HQDA wants each installation to have as a minimum.


Water outage set for Aug. 27


Thank you for your continued patience as DPW looks for the water leak on post.

The following areas will be without water for approximately 30 minutes during the late morning and potentially 30 minutes in the early afternoon Wednesday August 27th.


--Flower Road

-- Royal American Circle

-- Pratt Hall

-- Ashburn Hall

-- Quarters 6


If you have any questions or concerns about the time of the water outage, you may direct them to the Arthur Baldoni 245-4661

Carlisle Area School District bus stop locations, schedules
School starts Aug. 25

School busses will be picking up children at nine locations across the installation, between 6:45 and 8:30 a.m. starting on Monday, Aug. 25.

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 Carlisle Barracks representative will be present with a roster of children's names and times of busses scheduled for that bus stop.

Check out the information below for all on-post bus stops and other important information. 

Concerns regarding school bus transportation should be directed to the Carlisle Area School District.   Phone 240-6800,  Ext 17800, 17803, 17804 between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

For more information visit


  • No Kindergarten transportation for Carlisle Area School District students Monday, August 25th  through Wednesday, August 27, 2014. First day for Kindergarten  school bus Transportation is Thursday, August 28, 2014.
  • Students are required to be at their stop 5 minutes before the scheduled pickup time.


School times


8:40a.m. - 3:30p.m.


AM Kindergarten

8:40a.m. - 11:35a.m.


PM Kindergarten

12:35p.m. - 3:30p.m.


Middle School

7:46a.m.- 2:35p.m


High School

Swartz & McGowan Building

7:49a.m. - 2:45p.m




Route ID: 16E Letort Elementary

08:10- 743 CRAIG RD (NO 3)

08:12 -116 FORBES AVE (NO 4)

08:14- 637 LIGGETT (YSC) (NO 9)

08:16 - 256 MARSHALL RD (NO 6)

08:20- 17 GARRISON LN (NO 5)


Route ID: 16S Carlisle High School (Swartz, McGowan)

07:08- 116 FORBES AVE

07:10 -637 LIGGETT (YSC) (NO 9)

07:12- 256 MARSHALL RD (NO 6)

07:14 - 226 MARSHALL RD (NO 7)

07:15 - 120 FORBES AVE (NO 8)

07:20 - 516 N BEDFORD S



Route ID: 17E Letort Elementary

08:05 - 10003 CHICKAMAUGA DR (NO 1)

08:07 - 10014 CHICKAMAUGA DR (NO 2)


Route ID: 23S Carlisle High School (Swartz, McGowan)

07:20 - 743 CRAIG RD (NO 3)

07:25 - 17 GARRISON LN (NO 5)


Route ID: 27E Hamilton Elementary

07:54 - 637 LIGGETT RD (YSC) (NO 9)

07:56 - 256 MARSHALL RD (NO 6)

07:58 - 120 FORBES AVE (NO 8)


Route ID: 27S Carlisle High School (Swartz, McGowan)

07:10 - 10003 CHICKAMAUGA DR (NO 2)

07:12 - 10014 CHICKAMAUGA DR (NO 1)


Route ID: 34M Lamberton Middle School

07:00 - 116 FORBES AVE- YOUNG HALL (NO 4)

07:04 - 637 LIGGETT (YSC) (NO 9)

07:06 - 256 MARSHALL RD (NO 6)

07:08 - 226 MARSHALL RD (NO 7)

07:09 - 120 FORBES AVE (NO 8)

07:12 - 17 GARRISON LN (NO 5)


Route ID: 35E Bellaire Elementary

08:03 - 743 CRAIG RD (NO 3)

08:04 - 116 FORBES AVE -YOUNG HALL (NO 4)

08:06 - 637 LIGGETT RD (YSC) (NO 9)

08:08 - 256 MARSHALL RD (NO 6)

08:09 - 226 MARSHALL RD

08:10 - 120 FORBES AVE (NO 8)

08:16 - 17 GARRISON LN (NO 5)


Route ID: 35M Lamberton Middle School

06:50 - 10003 CHICKAMAUGA (NO 1)

06:51 - 10014 CHICKAMAUGA DR (NO 2)

06:56 -  743 CRAIG RD (NO 3)

Future challenges, lessons learned focus of War College talk

Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, director of Army Capabilities Integration Center, spoke openly about the myths of future wars, challenges facing the force and the importance of the human dimension of conflict to the Army War College Class of 2015 in Bliss Hall on Aug. 21.


Frank discussion was the theme of the day for the Army War College Class of 2015 in a Bliss Hall address by one of the Army’s leaders of experience and vision.

Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, director of the Army Capabilities Integration Center, spoke openly about the myths of future wars, challenges facing the force, and the importance of the human dimension of conflict.  

“In order to properly plan and be successful, you have to understand the human and political dimensions of war,” he said. “You have to determine what is driving conflict before you can engage.”

He also stressed the importance of balancing the competing demands of change and stability with respect to strategy.

“We focus, at times, too much on change - not continuity,” he said. “Before we try to develop new strategies, we have to understand the past, making sure to incorporate what we have learned as we try to predict the nature of war in the future. We’ve learned the importance of this in a painful way after the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

McMaster outlines four challenges facing the Army and DoD that will play a vital role in planning for the future – the dwindling budget, the robust military industrial complex, a war-weary culture and a neglect of history. These challenges must be overcome with creative solutions from leaders like the students at the War College, he said.

“We need you to provide insights and think about these challenges,” he said. “This is an exciting time to serve, you can help shape the future of our nation.”

By Steven Carpenter, IMCOM Military Personnel Division
IMCOM trains managers to help Soldiers transition

SAN ANTONIO (Aug. 20, 2014)  –  The Soldier for Life program is here to help guide Soldiers and their Families  during the transition from active duty to civilian.

Thirty-seven garrison-level administrators of the program spent a week gaining tools and inspiration at the Transition Services Manager Signature Course hosted by the U.S. Army Installation Management Academy Aug. 11-15 at Joint Base San Antonio –Fort Sam Houston.

The Soldier for Life - Transition Assistance Program, formerly the Army Career and Alumni Program, provides transitioning Soldiers with the counseling, employment and education workshops and seminars required to comply with the Veterans Opportunity to Work Act, Career Readiness Standards and DoD transition guidelines and directives.

According to its website, Soldier for Life enables Armyand community efforts to facilitate successfulreintegration of our Soldiers, veterans, andtheir Families in order to keep them ArmyStrong and instill their values, ethos andleadership within communities. 

Course participants split into three groups to identify challenges and come up with solutions to issues affecting site operations. Throughout the course, they shared best business practices for effectively accomplishing the day-to-day mission.

The Soldier Life Cycle, scheduled to debut Army-wide Oct. 1, was central to the discussion. Under the SLC concept, Soldiers will begin preparing for separation to civilian life early in their careers. Support will continue throughout active service, allowing Soldiers to ‘Start Strong’ and ‘Serve Strong.’  

Another area of emphasis was the career skills program, which worked to get Soldiers into job training programs.

The managers heard presentations from a variety of leaders within the Department of Defense and from outside agencies. They included Wayne Boswell from the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Walter Herd from the U.S. Army Human Resources Command, Col. Kevin Hicks and Lt. Col. Robert Hensley from Soldier for Life, Robert Sanders from the Department of Veterans Affairs and Teresa Gerton from Department of Labor Under Secretary for Policy.  Additionally, they interacted with a panel of eight employers from for-profit and not-for-profit industries.

For more information about the Soldier for Life program, visit

Tips for a safe Labor Day  – From the Army Center for Substance Abuse Program


The summer season is coming to an end and we are gearing up for that last big celebration or picnic. Everyone needs to relax, unwind and say good-bye to summer. Many of us will share this time with our families or close friends. It is up to us to enjoy this weekend in a responsible, safe way.

Every year, hundreds of families are faced with the devastating consequences of someone driving after consuming too much alcohol. The following information offers suggestions on how to have a safe Labor Day Weekend.

Remember “It’s Always OK NOT To Drink”. SAFE PICNIC/PARTY PLANNING

When throwing a picnic/party, it is important to remember that you have a responsibility to your guests that they all have a safe afternoon or evening at your party.

If alcohol is being served it is important to always offer your guests non-alcoholic beverages and food. You should also have activities such as dancing or games so as to not make alcohol the main-focus of the event. By offering your guests other activities, you are encouraging them to spend their time socializing instead of drinking.

As host of the party, be prepared to help identify safe and sober transportation for all of your guests. This can be accomplished by identifying a safe-ride program in your area, providing your guests with the telephone number for a local taxi company or simply offering all of your guests a good nights sleep in your home.

Ensuring a safe and sober ride home for all your guests is the easiest way to ensure a safe holiday event.


Always know who is driving – Make sure the designated drivers have plenty of non-alcoholic drinks.

Serve food – Especially foods such as cheese, nuts, and meat as these foods help slow the body’s alcohol absorption rate.

Obey the law – ID anyone you may not know at your party. Never serve anyone who is under 21 or is already intoxicated.

Focus on fun – Have games, music, entertainment or other activities to shift the emphasis from drinking to socializing.

Know what to look for – Signs of impairment can include lack of coordination, aggressive behavior, very talkative, very indifferent, slurred speech and incoherent speech.

Offer Safe-Rides – Whether it is providing taxi company numbers or having a designated driver available, make sure no one leaves the party to drive impaired.


 Decide beforehand who will be the designated driver. Make a pact with your friends that someone will call the Police. While this may be hard to do, it will help deter anyone from leaving the party drunk.

Leave Early – Statistics show that the highest percentage of drunk drivers, are on the road between 12:30 and 3:00 AM.

Be extremely cautious and observant when driving, even if it is early.

Remember that many people begin drinking early at office holiday celebrations.

If you have too much to drink and/or do not feel comfortable with your designated driver, call a taxi or ask the host to help you identify a safe,

sober ride home.


A designated driver is a person in a group of two or more drinking age adults who agrees not to drink any alcoholic beverages and to safely transport the other group members home.

If it is a large group, more than one Designated Driver may be needed.

Designated Drivers should not drink any alcoholic beverages and are therefore never the person least drunk.

Designated Drivers are also important if someone is taking medication that makes them drowsy or otherwise impaired.

When you use the Designated Driver Program, this does not mean that you should drink beyond control, you too need to be responsible.


1. Eat before and during drinking.

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

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

4. Alternate between alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

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

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

7. Remember, it’s ALWAYS ok NOT to drink.


FACT – the loss of lives to impaired driving is completely preventable. There are alternatives.

For additional information contact your ASAP office at 245-4576.

A reminder on endorsement

Due to the popularity of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, it's timely to  remind all military service members and federal employees that the Joint Ethics Regulation prohibits linking your government position, title, rank, or uniform in a manner that could be considered endorsement of a non-federal entity. You are freely able to do so off-duty and in civilian attire.

Carlisle Barracks holding Fall Yard sale Sept. 6

Carlisle Barracks residents can set up sales in their yards with set-up beginning no earlier than 6 a.m. Sales will officially begin at 7 a.m. and end at 2 p.m.

2LT Laura Bremer, International Fellows Program Office

Field Studies Program orients International Fellows*, families to unique nature of United States

Pennsylvania played a key role in welcoming 79 International Fellows and almost 200 family members who are newly arrived in Carlisle for a year at the Army War College.  A trip to Philadelphia, birthplace of the American republic, and to Lancaster, model of cultural diversity, provided insights about the heritage and values of the United States.  

Fellows and families visited Old Philadelphia and Independence Hall where the founding fathers signed the U.S. Constitution and attended a production of “Freedom Rising” at the National Constitution Center.  This 360-degree multimedia experience highlighted the story of the U.S. Constitution and transported the audience back to the American Revolution and the debate about crafting of the constitution , through the American Civil War, the Civil Rights movement and other key historical moments in American history.

Fellows and Families in Philadelphia (photos credit Laura Price)

While in Philadelphia, the International Fellows visited Boeing Corporation’s CH-47 Chinook Helicopter and V-22 Osprey assembly lines and engaged corporate executives on the relationship between Boeing and the Department of Defense and, more specifically, on the complex process of U.S. foreign military sales.  Meanwhile, the International Fellow families visited the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

“The visit to Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell was a very special experience,” said Canadian Fellow Col. Ted Middleton. “To stand in the very room where the US Declaration of Independence and Constitution were debated, drafted and signed brought history to life.  To actually see the Liberty Bell and appreciate its legacy put a perspective on the struggle for freedom that most never see,” he added. “The visit to Boeing gave the IFs insight into the relationship between a commercial enterprise and the military enterprise in the provision of defense capability to the United States and the export of defense capability to allies abroad.”

Lt. Col. Juma Sipe from Tanzania remarked on how important it was to understand the origins of the United States to fully appreciate it culture. 

 “Many great things mark the beginnings of the U.S. as a nation. If a new generation lost touch with historical realities, this generation is likely to downplay the great values of the nation. A very notable and appreciated reality is the American preservation of its beginnings through historical touch with actual places and material used in achieving the independence.


“The Liberty and Independence Halls in Philadelphia exemplifies the true value the American people have placed in preserving their history. These places are a must visit for a person visiting the United States for the first time,” said Sipe.

The orientation trip included a day in Lancaster County and the Amish farmlands, to provide the international officers a brief insight on how Americans foster political, social and economic pluralism.  A certified tour guide was able to answer specific questions on the Amish culture associated with their visits to farms and cottage industries, like woodworking, quilt making, and crafts.  

Fellows remarked at the two seemingly different cultures existing side-by-side in the same community with respect for each other’s beliefs with regard to work, worship, and family. 

International families learn about the Amish experience in America.

“The trip to Lancaster was an interesting look at a unique faith and family based cultural co-existing in harmony with the larger world surrounding it,” said Middleton. “Of particular value was the discussion with the Amish gentleman on the bus, who gave a candid and honest perspective of the commonalities and differences between his chosen way of life and our own.  This trip served as an excellent example of cultural inclusiveness in Pennsylvanian society.”

“Despite the melting pot metaphor for a heterogeneous society becoming more homogeneous … America still has diverse cultural and religious values that seem to have withstood many tests of time,” said Tanzanian Fellow Sipe. “We [from the other parts of the world] get affected by the Western Culture while we are thousands of miles away from the Western world,” he said, noting in contrast that,  “Amish people live adjacent to or opposite non-Amish people whom they call the ‘English,’ but they have withstood the change for centuries. Amazing and admirable people! This is a strong sense of personal awareness and determination to preserve their culture.”

Field trips to Philadelphia and Lancaster, among other destinations like West Point, are part of the U.S. Field Studies Program for International Military Students. An integral part of the total training program, the Field Studies Program complements the military education program. The program objectives, to provide the international student with an awareness and understanding of the society, institutions and ideals of the American democratic way of life, are derived from the laws authorizing the programs that make up the Security Assistance Training Program. Field Studies funds are included in course tuition.  Additional costs associated with family member participation are borne by the Fellows themselves or by Army War College Foundation funds that have been donated for the purpose of enhancing international family members’ experiences in the United States.

With homes leased, cars bought, U.S. banking deciphered, and cell phones in hand, the International Fellows will participate in seminar learning, their children in school, spouses active in English language classes, the Conversation and Culture program, and friendships in the community. They will leave the United States with an introduction American history and culture and a year of growth both professional and personal.

In addition to the U.S. military officers and federal civilians, the Class of 2015*  includes senior military officers of Afghanistan, Albania, Armenia, Austria, Australia, Bangladesh., Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burundi, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Congo/ DROC, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djbouti, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Ethiopia, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, UAE, UK, Yemen.


Library Integrates Root and Ridgway Hall Collections

Stephen D. Crocco, Ph.D., recently joined the Army War College as Chief Librarian of the newly integrated library collections at Root Hall and Ridgway Hall.

Crocco’s priority will be to make these collections and supporting services function as a single library, much as universities have multiple libraries that are part of the same system.  Already, students and faculty can do a single search that will show published holdings in both locations. Increasingly, library users will be able to search for personal papers, oral histories, and other unpublished resources in the climate-controlled environment of Ridgway Hall, part of the Army Heritage and Education Center campus.

Before coming to the Army War College, Crocco was Library Director at Princeton Theological Seminary. Prior to that, he was the Library Director at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He holds a Ph.D. in Religious Ethics from Princeton University and a master’s degree in Library Science from the University of Pittsburgh.

Crocco mentioned a comment by former TRADOC commander Gen. Robert Cone, that there “is no reason not to demand the equivalent of . . . a Princeton-level education in strategy from the Army War College.” “That sentiment fits perfectly with my vision to create a Princeton-level library here,” he said.

“There is still a lot of talk at colleges and universities that the library is the heart of the institution,” said Crocco.  “That has changed somewhat with the explosion of online resources. But the library is still the place where students learn how to identify and use the best resources—as well as the resources to avoid.”

“Library staff are as useful as ever, if not more so,” he said. In pointing students in the right directions, they help free students for the really important work of reading, thinking and, then, writing, he added.

The integrated USAWC Library will allow students to more easily draw upon the unpublished manuscript materials in Ridgway Hall. “Every subject has a history,” he said, referring to students’ research projects. “At some point, every project has to account for that history.”

 Stephen D. Crocco, Ph.D., Chief Librarian


Perspectives in Military History lectures begin:  Cyber warfare and patterns in US national security

History lecture on cyber warfare and the changing historical patterns in US national security

'New types of battlefields and new ways of cyber war' leads the wide-ranging topics of the popular yearlong public lecture series, Perspectives in Military History, presented by the Army Heritage and Education Center for Army War College students and all who are interested in historical perspectives of the U.S. national security.

Scholar and author Dr. Jack Jarmon will give a presentation, with question-and-answer period, about "The New Era in U.S. National Security: Changing Technological Patterns of Geopolitical and Economic Competition from the Industrial Age to the Information Age."  Jarmon will guide the audience from  Cold War politics -- through the past decade of asymmetric warfare and technology’s impact on institutions and policy makers -- to a discussion of cyber warfare and the crime-terrorist nexus.  The event is free and open to the public, Wednesday, Aug. 20 at 7:15 p.m. at the Army Heritage and Education Center. Visit or call 717.245.3972 for your questions.

Dr. Jack Jarmon has taught international relations at the University of Pennsylvania, the John C. Whitehead School of Diplomacy, at Seton Hall University, and Rutgers University, where he was also Associate Director of the Command, Control, and Interoperability Center for Advanced Data.  He served as the USAID technical advisor for the Russian government in the mid-1990s.  His private sector career includes global consultant firms, technology companies, financial institutions, and was the Director of Strategic Alliances at Nortel Networks, Brampton, Ontario. Book signing will follow for his book, The New Era in U.S. National Security: Introduction to Emerging Threats and Challenges.

Perspectives in Military History is a monthly public lectures series, sponsored by the US Army Heritage and Education Center, to provide to the US Army and the American public a historical dimension to the exercise of generalship, strategic leadership, and the warfighting institutions of landpower.

Save the dates --

17 September 2014 – Perspectives in Military History: “To Antietam Creek, The Maryland Campaign of September 1862” with Mr. D. Scott Hartwig

15 October 2014 – Perspectives in Military History: “Richmond Redeemed: Enduring Lessons in Leadership from the Siege of Petersburg,” With Dr. Richard Sommers

6 November 2014 – Brooks E. Kleber Memorial Lecture: “Exposing the Third Reich: Col. Truman Smith in Hitler’s Germany,” With Dr. Henry Gole

19 November 2014 – Perspectives in Military History: “Iraq, How We Lost the Hearts and Minds,” with Mr. Peter Van Buren

5 February 2015 – Brooks E. Kleber Memorial Lecture: “Connecticut Unscathed: Victory in the Great Narragansett War, 1675-1676,” with Major Jason Warren

18 March 2015 – Perspectives in Military History: “George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring that Saved the American Revolution,” with Mr. Don Yeager and Mr. Brian Kilmeade

15 April 2015 – Perspectives in Military History: “Lincoln's Gamble: The Tumultuous Six Months that Gave America the Emancipation Proclamation and Changed the Course of the Civil War,” with Mr. Todd Brewster



Maj. Erica Iverson, Army Capabilities Integration Center

Wargame to Examine the Fall of A 'Megacity'

Army War College's Center for Strategic Leadership and Development hosts and supports Army's Deep Futures Wargame

Aug.19, 2014, FORT EUSTIS, Va. -- It's 2035, and a city of more than 10 million people is in a state of crisis plagued by insurgency, internal corruption and struck by a natural disaster in the form of a major flood.

The challenges, opportunities and potential approaches for the U.S. Army to conduct operations in such a complex environment will be the focus of the Deep Futures Wargame, being conducted Aug. 17-22, at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania.

The wargame is the culminating event in Unified Quest 2014, the Army chief of staff's future study plan, which examines a variety of feasible mid- to long-range strategic and operational settings and explores a broad set of ideas about future conflict.

Unified Quest is a series of rigorous intellectual planning seminars, symposia and forums with representatives from the Department of Defense, government agencies, academia and subject matter experts who examine how the future Army must adapt, evolve and innovate in the face of a rapidly changing and complex world.

"The key to the Army's exploration is examining the continually changing character of war, the role of conventional and special operations forces in the land domain and finding gaps in capability and capacity," said Col. Kevin Felix, chief of Future Warfare Division.

The wargame is a continuation of an effort started in 2013, to anticipate the enduring and emerging challenges and opportunities for the Army in 2030-2040.

Throughout the week-long event, participants will provide specialized insights into several strategic and operational challenges and identify shortfalls in Army capabilities, ultimately determining on how the Army must operate, educate, train, organize and equip its force to inform future concept and capability development.

During his recent address to the West Point Class of 2014, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno emphasized the importance of megacities and the role of future leaders.

"Megacities present a unique operating environment: the scale, density, connectedness and complexity [being] far greater than anything the joint force has ever faced," Odierno said.

He further emphasized to the Army's newest leaders that because megacities are projected to double in the next 10 years, there is a high likelihood that they will conduct operations in such an environment.

During the wargame, participants will use computer simulations, acting as regionally aligned forces made up of military representatives from U.S. and coalition partners. They will rapidly respond to various scenarios, addressing the unique complexities of rapid urbanization in a megacity. This will better prepare the Army in developing future concepts, capabilities, capacity and doctrine that will help achieve operational success.

Participants will support two groups; an operational working group, and an innovation group.

The operational working group will replicate U.S. and allied forces, and is tasked with planning and executing crisis-response and limited-contingency operations in support of the host nation. The group will use advanced technologies to improve the force's mobility, protection, lethality and sustainment. They will encounter strategic problems and collaborate to develop solutions based on their various fields of expertise. Specifically, they will examine how an Army should conduct expeditionary maneuver to confront emerging challenges and achieve campaign objectives in support of U.S. national security goals.

The innovation group will consider options for force design of the future.

The end state of the Unified Quest 14 Deep Futures Wargame will provide the Army new insights on future conflict, implications for possible scientific and technological investment, and ideas on how to better prepare for the future operational environment.

"Unified Quest explores beyond the boundaries of the known and distills ideas and concepts required for America to retain its tactical, operational and strategic advantage, in 2025 and Beyond," Felix said.


Emergency Services Open house set for Aug. 20

Come check out some of the great programs on post to help keep you and your family safe at the  Emergency Services Open House tomorrow, Aug. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be free hot dogs, games, special guests and more.

New Army PT uniforms result of Soldier feedback

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Aug, 11, 2014) -- A new Army Physical Fitness Uniform will become available service-wide, beginning in October next year.

Its design is based on Soldier feedback, said Col. Robert Mortlock, program manager, Soldier Protection and Individual Equipment, Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

There's a three-year phase-in program and the cost will be about $3 less than the current IPFU, or Improved Physical Fitness Uniform, he said.

The Army Physical Fitness Uniform, or APFU, program was actually initiated because of Soldier feedback. A February 2012 Army Knowledge Online survey of some 76,000 Soldiers found that Soldiers had issues with the IPFU, he said. They liked its durability but believed the IPFU's textiles had not kept pace with commercially-available workout clothes. They also had concerns with other things, particularly modesty issues with the shorts, especially in events like sit-ups. Those concerns were expressed by males as well as females.

The issue was of such concern that Soldiers were purchasing spandex-like under garments to wear beneath the trunks, Mortlock said.

Another issue was that there were not enough female sizes in the IPFU, he said, meaning IPFUs that would fit all shapes and sizes.

PEO Soldier worked closely with the Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center to develop a new PT uniform that met Soldier concerns but did not cost more than the IPFU. The APFU met the goal of controlling costs and improving performance by adopting lighter high tech moisture wicking fabric. The APFU introduces multiple sizes, including female sizing, and has solved the modesty issue, Mortlock said.

The fabric of the trunks will continue to be made with durable nylon fabric, but it is lighter than and not as stiff as the IPFU trunks. Also, there will be a four-way stretch panel inside the trunks, sort of like bicycle pants, which eliminates the need for Soldiers to purchase their own under garments. The trunks include a bigger key pocket and a convenient and secure ID card pouch.

In all, some 34 changes were made to the new APFU,

The APFU has five parts: the jacket and pants which resemble warm ups, trunks or shorts, and the short- and long-sleeve T-shirts, he said. The ensemble is modular; meaning parts of the APFU can be mixed and matched, for example, short- or long-sleeve T-shirts with the pants or trunks. During PT formations, the platoon sergeants will determine the appropriate combo.

Soldier feedback not only determined the form, fit and function of the APFU, it also determined its look. The Army made prototypes of the APFU in a variety of colors and designs and taken to a series of Soldier town halls at Fort Hood, Texas, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. Soldier feedback was solicited about the design features as well as the preferred color scheme.

Then, the Army launched a second AKO survey, in which more than 190,000 responded, Mortlock said. Soldiers overwhelmingly favored a black T-shirt with gold lettering and a black jacket with gold chevron and the Army logo.

Then it was on to testing.

About 876 Soldiers at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, Join Base Lewis-McChord, Fort Bragg, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Fort Hood and Fort Jackson, South Carolina, wore the APFU during PT for a three-month period, providing feedback on form, fit, comfort and so on, Mortlock said. The APFU also was tested for things like durability, laundering, fiber strength, color fastness and color maintenance after laundering.

A key part of testing addressed the concern of some Soldiers that a black shirt may cause over-heating. Instrumented tests showed that the lighter weight material and superior moisture wicking fabric more than compensated for any increased heat from the dark material.

The response to the APFU was "overwhelmingly positive," he said, particularly with the trunks.

Not only that, Soldiers said they wear the APFU on weekends and off-duty outside the installations, Mortlock said, adding that many said they wouldn't wear the current IPFU off-duty. That means communities across the country will soon see Army pride as Soldiers do their workouts.

The APFU will come in two types, the Clothing Bag variant, and the Optional APFU, which will be visually the same as the APFU Issue variant, but uses some different materials. The individual items of the two variants can be mixed together. The Optional APFU variant will become available first when it arrives in Army military clothing sales stores sometime between October-December 2014.

The Clothing Bag issue variant will be issued to Soldiers from the clothing initial issue points, starting between April to June 2015, and to Reserve, National Guard, and Senior ROTC from July-August 2015. The APFU will be phased in as the IPFUs are used up and worn out. The mandatory wear date will go into effect approximately October 2017, or about three years after the APFU is introduced.

In conclusion, Mortlock said the Army reached out to Soldiers at "multiple touch points to ensure we got this right. The message is we're listening to Soldiers. We're continuing to listen to Soldiers, and this is the Soldiers' selection and Army leaders went along with this."

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Remembering history: Women's Equality Day event at AHEC, Aug. 26 at noon

Shuttle bus service: departing 1130 from Root Hall to AHEC;  departing AHEC 1315 to Root Hall  in time for students'  1330 Special Progams Brief in Bliss Hall

Aug. 12, 2014 -- Historian Tania Kirkman will share narrative linking the women of the American Red Cross volunteers working overseas in World War II with the nation's development for women that followed.

The Women's Equality Day commemoration is open to everyone in the Carlisle Barracks community and central Pennsylvania -- Tuesday, Aug. 26, noon to 1 p.m. at the Army Heritage and Education Center, 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle.

Tania Kirkman is a collector, living history educator and historian of the American Red Cross in World War II and the Civil War. She will discuss the history of women in the Red Cross, explain their service, and give an eye-opening description of what these women faced and overcame as part of Military Welfare and Clubmobile services during the war -- a major change for women.

The event will include a display of uniforms, patches and insignia, field equipment and other items specific to the Red Cross.

In 1971, a joint resolution of Congress established August 26 as Women's Equality Day, commemorating the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the Woman Suffrage Amendment, giving full voting right to U.S. women.

Meet your community – Julie Teague

Julie Teague, Antiterrorism Specialist, talks with Tom Vinette about the emergency mass notification system, which operates through phone calls and emails.Julie Teague, Antiterrorism Specialist, talks with Tom Vinette about the emergency mass notification system, which operates through phone calls and emails.

The next time you get a phone call or email alerting you about a post closure, inclement weather, or an emergency, you can thank Julie Teague for keeping you safe and in the know.

In addition to her duties in the Installation Operations Center, Teague has worked tirelessly over the last six month implementing a new emergency mass notification system, which operates through phone calls and emails.

Teague, who originally came to Carlisle Barracks as a TV production NCO in 1993, has served the community in a variety of positions, her most recent in the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization, and Security. She said that the history of Carlisle Barracks and the missions it supports are a few of the things she enjoys most about working here.

Her dedication to her work is apparent according to Bob Baxter, DPTMS director.

“She has worked more than six months through multiple issues to ensure the system would operate properly, train the workforce, and entered thousands of lines of data, to help with the protection of Soldiers, Civilians, and Family Members on Carlisle Barracks,” he said. She works well above her current pay scale and coordinates with NETCOM and the vendor to resolve numerous issues, often finding the workarounds in the software that stumped the experts.”

The Army War College regretfully announces the death of a valued member of the military community.

Colonel Steven Lee Rohlena died in his home in Carlisle on July 30.

Col. Rohlena was a member of the Army War College resident Class of 2011. He had recently returned to Carlisle to take a position as the Senior Advisor for Strategic Logistics in the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute of the U.S. Army War College.

Col. Rohlena, 49, was previously assigned in Brussels, Belgium, where he served as logistics advisor to the U.S. Mission to NATO. His 26-year career spanned the globe with assignments of increasing responsibility in Army Logistics. He served in Operation Restore Democracy in Haiti, and in Operation Iraqi Freedom, in Saudi Arabia. He commanded a Transportation Company at Fort Lewis, Washington in the 1990s, and the Transportation Battalion in Korea, first in Seoul and later in Daegu. He then served as Deputy Commander of the 593d Sustainment Brigade at Fort Lewis with deployment as the Deputy Commander-Kuwait. His multiple medals and honors include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with silver oak leaf cluster, the Joint Service Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Korea Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the United Nations Medal.

A native of Iowa, Col.  Rohlena earned a bachelor's degree from Iowa State University in 1987, a master's in Administration/ Management from Central Michigan University in 2001, and a master’s in Strategic Studies from the Army War College in 2011.

He is survived by his wife, Rita Spreu; his parents Marvin and Bonnie Rohlena of Iowa; and his brother and sister-in-law Jeffrey and Nancy Rohlena.

Celebration of Life services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, August 18, 2014 at St. Ludmila’s Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids. The family will greet friends from 4 until 7 p.m. Sunday, August 17, 2014 at Brosh Chapel in Cedar Rapids, located at 2121 Bowling Street SW.

After services in Iowa, Colonel Rohlena will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery in honor of his decades of service to the United States of America.

Strength for Wisdom provides a roadmap to improve your fitness

“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.”

  • John F. Kennedy

The Army War College Community wants to make sure that students, Families, staff and faculty are able to enrich not only their minds but their bodies as well with the “Strength for Wisdom” fitness campaign, which kicks off this month.  

By bringing together all of the physical fitness activities available to the U.S. Army War College community, the campaign serves as an easy to follow roadmap for improved fitness for folks of all fitness levels and abilities.  

“I took part in Strength for Wisdom first as an opportunity to spend some time with my wife at the gym,” said Col. Bob O’Brien, who took part in the program as a student in the Class of 2014. “We encouraged each other to develop some fitness goals and developed our daily schedule to achieve those goals. I wanted to lose about 15 pounds, increase my lean muscle and lower my cholesterol. “

O’Brien and his wife, Michele, started off with the 5K run at the beginning of the year and participated in the periodic weigh-ins, Army Wellness Center assessment, SLDR’s Performance Movement Analysis, rowing challenge, squat challenge, ab challenge and the power lifting competition.

“This served as an opportunity for you to develop some health-related goals and spend some time focusing on yourself during your Army War College year,” said O’Brien. “It's rare for us a leadership teams to be able to spend this time focusing on ourselves so I encourage people to take advantage of the program.”

The Strength for Wisdom challenge kicks off with the “Run Carlisle Barracks” program Aug. 9 and ends in May with the Jim Thorpe Resiliency Decathlon. The competition is a fun way to help challenge yourself and improve your fitness at the same time. The challenge is open to all members of the Carlisle Barracks Community.

The “Strength for Wisdom” challenge offers a variety of training programs and challenges to achieve your specific goals and to find an enjoyable way to overall fitness. You can use the program to get back in shape, check your fitness level, overcome your personal stumbling blocks or compete against others.

Melissa Unrath and her husband, Col. Craig Unrath, also took part in the program as a couple last year.

“I was really excited to find out they were putting together a Strength for Wisdom challenge for our class,” she said. “I always look for these types of challenges and races wherever we move. “ They both took part in many of the programs to include: the rowing challenge, running group, fitness classes and weight lifting challenges.

Unrath said she participated to maintain her fitness and to take advantage of the opportunity to spend time with her husband.

“Being involved helped me to push myself to levels I never thought I could endure,” she said. The lifting competition was the first time I had ever done anything like that.  I would highly encourage all spouses and family members to take part in this fitness challenge -- challenge yourself! Be proud you are out there and have fun with your friends.”

Strength for Wisdom AY 15

This year events are scheduled from August through June of the Academic Year and gradually “build” increasing in difficulty throughout the year, but you can jump in at any time to meet your fitness goals. Scheduled throughout the year are additional classes and activities to support you the whole way.   

Some of the events include:

  • Run Carlisle Barracks Aug. 9-Oct. 4
  • The Run Carlisle Barracks program is a series of nine weekly runs starting and August and ending the first week of October. This program is designed to help prepare runners for the Army Ten Miler in October. Runners who are trying to increase running mileage and are also encouraged to participate.
  • Oktoberfest Volksmarch Oct. 11
  • Letort Run One, 4X1 Mile Relay Oct. 24
  • This is a relay style race which involves 4 team members each running 1 mile (1/2 mile out and back) along the Letort Creek.
  • 5K Drumstick Dash & Gobble Gallop Nov. 15
  • This is a family event that includes a 5K race combined with an optional 1 mile fun run.
  • 30 Day Ab Challenge Dec. 1-30
  • Series of abdominal exercises done over a period of 30 days to improve core and low back strength.
  • Indoor Rowing Challenge Dec. 1-30
  • Using the Concept2 rowers in Thorpe Hall Gym, participants have 30 days to row 100,000 meters. This can be accomplished in daily small increments that promote exercise consistency or in larger increments that promote endurance.
  • New Year’s Resiliency Resolution Jan. 1-31
  • To keep in the spirit of the New Year and the initial motivation to exercise, this event encourages participants to complete 15 workout sessions in the month of January.
  • 30 Day Squat & Push Up Challenge Feb. 3- March 4
  • Participants are challenged to complete a set number of squats and pushups each day. The repetitions do not have to completed at one time, they can be broken up throughout the day. Since there is no special equipment needed, participants can perform these at home.
  • Strength Challenge March 7
  • A modification of the classic powerlifting competition involving the Squat, Bench Press and Deadlift. Participants will lift a pre-determined percentage of their bodyweight for each of the three events. The volume (weight lifted multiplied by # of reps) for each of the three events will be totaled to determine the winners.
  • Strength for Wisdom 10K March 21
  • To provide a more challenging distance and build upon the previous Strength for Wisdom events, this race will provide a 10K course that spans throughout Carlisle Barracks.
  • Jim Thorpe Resiliency Decathlon May 9
  • In the spirit of Jim Thorpe winning the Decathlon in the 1912 Olympics, this will also be a 10 event competition involving, strength, speed, power, endurance and stamina. Points will be awarded for each event. The participant(s) with the greatest total will be the winner.

Keep in mind that you don’t have to take part in the full Strength for Wisdom Challenge program; you can just participate in the programs of your choice.

Whether you choose to take part in the “Strength for Wisdom” or simply want to find additional guidance for improving your training, you are strongly encouraged to:

1. Get a Performance Movement Analysis from Senior Leader Development and Resiliency (SLDR), which will help enhance your self-awareness, optimize your physical performance and mitigate physical risk. The Performance Movement Analysis incorporates high speed video, still-frame motion analysis, pressure plate analysis and other technology to accurately provide participants with comprehensive feedback, education and awareness on corrective cues and techniques to mitigate physical risk and improve human performance. Individualized running footwear recommendations will be provided to each participant as well as training tips/recommendations to improve running and overall fitness performance. For additional information about the Performance Movement Analysis, contact SLDR (717) 245-4511.

2. Visit the Army Wellness Center,which provides integrated and standardized primary prevention programs and services that promote enhanced and sustained healthy lifestyles to improve the overall well-being of Soldiers and Family Members. Here you can develop your health and wellness profile. In addition to individual results of body composition, resting metabolic test and VO2 sub-maximal test, and strength and flexibility test, you can also find helpful information promoting healthy lifestyle and stress management. To make an appointment call: (717) 245-4004 or visit the facility at 315 Lovell Avenue (by the parking lot, across the street from Thorpe Hall).

3. Participate in the Dunham Health Clinic monthly education classes,which will provide you with information about the Performance Triad (physical activity, nutrition and sleep) as well as wellness topics like how to make healthy behaviors a habit. You can find the schedules at

4.  Be ahead of those who “stayed on the couch” and participate in the “Strength for Wisdom” events to check your fitness progress.

“Strength for Wisdom” participants can track and earn points for all physical activity during the challenge period and during a number of smaller fitness events. Awards will be given to the overall Strength for Wisdom champions.

Convocation marks start of USAWC Class of 2015 academic year

August 8, 2014 -- The faculty filled the stage of Bliss Hall at the Army War College, and the USAWC leadership introduced the “amazingly talented group,” ready to assist students of the Class of 2015 in the “movement to contact in the arena of strategic ideas.” The commandant charged the students with three priorities:  to pursue strategic thought, to refine your professional identity as a strategic leader, and to build personal capacities as a resilient leader of character.

The 10-month graduate-level program began today for the Army War College Class of 2015 – comprising U.S. students and International Fellows of the resident program,  and USAWC Fellows who will study at other institutions – as well as another 367 students completing the curriculum by distance learning.

Commandant Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp, at podium, formally welcomes the class of 2015 to studies at the Army War College. The faculty  of the School of Strategic Landpower includes civilian scholars, senior military practitioners of all US Services and the armed forces of Spain and Germany, and representatives of the interagency community.  

The Provost, Dr. Lance Betros, opened the convocation, a formal academic assembly to introduce the faculty and welcome the students to the institution. Students launched studies in their first course, Strategic Leadership, and the day closed with a demonstration by the Old Guard drill team, band and fife and drum corps that celebrated Army heritage and the promise of the Class of 2015.

The full video of the convocation ceremony is at

The largest International Fellows group in USAWC history -- and the largest at any US military school – will integrate 79 officers representing 73 countries into the class. The 308 U.S. students of the resident class represent a cross-section of the national security community:  217 Army officers, 32 Air Force, 17 Marines, 12 Navy and 1 Coast Guard officer from Active and Reserve components, and 29 senior federal civilians. The USAWC Fellows include those US Army officers who will spend their year at universities, research centers, and think tanks around the world although their base institution remains the Army War College and they are an integral part of the Class of 2015.

In his welcome to the class, USAWC Commandant Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp noted the diversity of perspectives across the student body, and the potential of those selected for the Army War College education. If historical statistics hold, from this class will emerge about 50 U.S. general officers and admirals, and as many flag officers from among the international fellows.

Dr. Lance Betros, USAWC Provost, formally opens the Class of 2015 at convocation.

“If there is so much talent and potential already present among you, why do we need to take a year out of your lives to hit the books and intellectually explore the big strategic ideas and major issues facing our military and nation?” the commandant asked.  “The world we live in now is hugely complex and uncertain,” he said. “But we do have the means, skills, and human capital and, dare I say, in many parts of the world the responsibility to shape security environments and prevent wars around the globe.

“How, when and where we do that shaping and preventing of conflict, in an ear of declining resources not only in the United States but among our friends and allies, is the huge strategic question facing our militaries today.

“It is for this reason that Gen. Ray Odierno, Chief of Staff of the Army, has asked The War College to lead the strategic renaissance as we slowly come out of America’s longest wars,” said Rapp. “For us, this renaissance is the renewed intellectual effort placed against the inherently entrepreneurial re-examination of landpower strategy: a much needed deeper look after 12 years of tactical and operational focus due to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“It is a rededication to think through creative ways of employing the joint, interagency, and multinational force to influence the human domain so integral to concepts of strategic landpower,” said the commandant, as he reminded the students that the class of 2015 is squarely in the van of the effort. “The vanguard of any formation explore various routes, develops the situation, and builds options for decision makers. Strategic scouts like you need openness of mind, willingness to explore new concepts, energy to build and unemotionally argue for your positions, and ability to work collaboratively to expand the range of alternatives available for our military and civilian leadership.

Class president Col. Mark Baxter represented the students’ point of view about the academic challenge as the convocation ceremony drew to a close.

Col. Mark Baxter, class president, speaks of the students' breadth of experience, averaging 22 years in military leadership positions, and their anticipation to enhance their ability to problem solve at the strategic level. "Our class brings with us an exceptional breadth of experience and diversity …. We bring with us nearly 10,000 years of leadership and service to our fellow citizens – a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience in our class," said Baxter.

“But let’s face it, we all came here knowing that we also have much to learn. By and large most of our experience has been at the tactical and operational level, and we all now need to learn how to function better at the strategic level … and there is always much to be learned.”

“In today’s complex, hectic, fast-paced world, the Carlisle Experience being offered to us is an amazing opportunity – to contemplate and reflect, to learn how to question and explore assumptions, to participate in dialogue and discussion ... and to develop the skills, attributes and competencies required to become the senior national security leaders that we will be called to be,” said Baxter.  

International fellows, US students honored by The Army’s ‘Old Guard’

August 8, 2014 --- Today, the official Class of 2015 Opening Ceremony reflected the Army heritage even as it looked forward, underscoring the significance, privilege and responsibility placed by the Army in the students selected for study at the Army War College, the Army’s center for strategic thought.

The U.S. Guard Band performs on Indian Field.

Families joined the students, staff and faculty of the Army War College and Carlisle Barracks for a memorable set of presentations:  a drill team demonstration by the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry Regiment, the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps traditional performance, and a concert by the U.S. Army Band - Pershing's Own, followed by a retreat ceremony. Widely known as The Old Guard, it is the oldest active-duty infantry unit in the U.S. Army, having served the nation since 1784.

International Fellows in Class of 2015

A moving tribute even to those US military officers who have experienced 20-22 years of service, the Old Guard salute was a special event for the 79 international officers of the Class of 2015 – the largest group of international students in any war college class.

The 79 international officers represent 73 countries that are allied or friendly to the United States. They are referred to as Fellows because of their unique ability to contribute experience, regional knowledge and perspective to their U.S. counterparts. The Fellows will study alongside US military officers and senior federal civilians from across the interagency community.

Each of the USAWC seminars includes representatives from the joint, interagency and international security community.

This year’s class will includes Fellows from Afghanistan, Albania, Armenia, Austria, Australia, Bangladesh., Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burundi, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Congo/ DROC, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djbouti, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Ethiopia, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, UAE, UK, Yemen.

Condolence Statement from the Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno for the Loss of Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene

Our thoughts and prayers are with Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene's family, and the families of our soldiers who were injured today in the tragic events that took place in Afghanistan. These soldiers were professionals, committed to the mission. It is their service and sacrifice that define us as an Army.

Our priority right now is to take care of the families, ensuring they have all the resources they need during this critical time.

We remain committed to our mission in Afghanistan and will continue to work with our Afghan partners to ensure the safety and security of all coalition soldiers and civilians.

U.S. Department of Defense
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Army general, War College grad killed in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (Aug. 6, 2014) -- An American general was killed yesterday, in Kabul, Afghanistan, by an individual wearing a uniform of the Afghan National Security Forces.

Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene, who has been the deputy commander of the Combined Security Transition Command since January, was shot and killed when the individual fired into a group of coalition and Afghan service members on a routine site visit to the Marshal Fahim National Defense University, home of the Afghan army's commissioned and non-commissioned officer academies. Greene was also a 2003 Army War College graduate.

"There are a number of casualties as a result of the shooting, perhaps up to 15, to include some Americans," said Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby. "Many were seriously wounded. Others received only minor injuries. The assailant was killed."

Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Ray Odierno, said in a statement that the Army stands behind Greene's family.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene's family, and the families of our Soldiers who were injured today in the tragic events that took place in Afghanistan," Odierno's statement reads. "These Soldiers were professionals, committed to the mission. It is their service and sacrifice that define us as an Army.

"Our priority right now is to take care of the families, ensuring they have all the resources they need during this critical time.

"We remain committed to our mission in Afghanistan and will continue to work with our Afghan partners to ensure the safety and security of all coalition Soldiers and civilians," Odierno concluded.

According to Kirby, the investigation into the shooting is just beginning.

"The incident will be jointly investigated by Afghan and ISAF authorities," Kirby said. "That investigation is just now getting underway. We need to let it proceed before speculating about any specific circumstances."

Greene is the highest ranking U.S. military officer killed by foreign action since Lt. Gen. Timothy Joseph Maude was killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the Pentagon. Greene is the highest ranking officer to be killed in combat since 1970.

Greene had previously served as the Deputy for Acquisition and Systems Management (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology), Washington, D.C., from April 2012 to January 2014. He served with Program Executive Officer, Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors, at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, from May 2011 to April 2012.

Greene was the Deputy Commanding General United States Army Research, Development and Engineering Command/Senior Commander, Natick Soldier System Center, at Aberdeen Proving Ground, from May 2009 to May 2011.

Greene was commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training Corps, May 25, 1980. He was promoted to major general Sept. 2, 2012.

Greene's civilian education included a Bachelor of Science in Materials Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; a Master of Science in Materials Engineering from the University of Southern California; a Master of Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College, a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Southern California; and a PhD. in Materials Engineering from the University of Southern California.

His awards and decorations included the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Meritorious Service Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Achievement Medal and the Army Staff Identification Badge.   

Three things to know during Anti-terrorism Awareness Month

FORT EUSTIS, Va. (Aug. 1, 2014) -- Each year, the Army sets aside August to raise awareness of its ongoing efforts to protect Soldiers and their families, Department of the Army civilians and contractors from terrorist threats.

Here are a few things to always keep in mind:

1. The threat is real.

According to a recent article by the Heritage Foundation, there have been 60 terrorist plots against the U.S., since 9/11. Their research of media reports and court documents shows that military facilities were the number one target in these plots, followed by New York City and places with mass gatherings, such as the Boston Marathon.

"Our enemies never rest and continue to seek ways to attack our nation and destroy our way of life. AT month provides us an opportunity to contribute to the defense against terrorism and keep our families and communities safe through training and awareness," explained Col. Mike Blahovec, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command's protection director.

2. Awareness is critical.

Knowledge is power, and just like in the National Football League, defense wins championships. As part of the awareness month, every member of the Army team is required to take the online AT Level I Awareness Training course.

The online course is located at

To further enhance awareness, every Soldier within TRADOC, and all new civilian hires, are required to receive face-to-face AT Level I training, according to Jim Kirkland, TRADOC's anti-terrorism officer.

3. See something - Say something

Sometimes seemingly benign -- but odd -- situations can lead to terrible consequences, if they go unreported.

According to Kirkland, the "See Something -- Say Something" motto has contributed to preventing planned attacks. For example, an alert citizen in Minnesota recently noticed someone crossing her yard to a storage area. She reported the suspicious activity, and a 17 year old was charged with attempted murder, possessing explosives and attempted damage to property. He possessed six bombs, seven weapons, and 400 rounds of ammunition, and planned to kill his family and classmates.

"We are all in this fight together," says Bill Moisant, TRADOC's G-34 protection chief.

"Our Soldiers and their families know what they've signed up for, and they know the type of business we are in, but we can all help watch each other's back. AT Awareness Month focuses on training; this is critical in protecting our people and enabling our missions. Awareness is our most certain defense against an act of terrorism. If you see something - say something."

(Editor's Note: Research from the Heritage Report contributed to this report.)   

Free outdoor movie on Indian Field Aug. 15

The Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) invites all Army War College students, staff and faculty, and family members to attend the 1st USAWC Outdoor Movie Film Night starting around 8 p.m. (or dusk) The featured movie is Jim Thorpe All American, starring Burt Lancaster and is offered free of charge. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and coolers, door prizes will be given out.

Summer Sense Campaign– Army Substance Abuse Program

What is alcohol?

Alcohol is a depressant, which means it slows your central nervous system. However, it speeds up how fast you become That Guy. This makes women nervous and will leave you depressed and alone with a depressed central nervous system which is even more depressing.

What happens when i drink alcohol?

When you have a drink, alcohol is absorbed into your bloodstream from the stomach and enters tissues in the body. The effects of alcohol depend on a variety of things, such as:

  • Your size, weight, body fat and sex
  • Amount of alcohol consumed
  • Amount of food in your stomach
  • Use of medications, including non-prescription drugs

In general, it takes the average drinker about one hour to metabolize one drink. When you drink more than that, your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) rises, and you start to feel the effects of intoxication. You may start to think that women are only joking when they say, “Leave me alone, you drunk,” which will only make you seem more like That Guy when you continue to talk to them.

Short-term effects of alcohol

Alcohol can have significant short-term effects. Many of these can seriously impair physical and mental abilities and cause other problems:

  • Lowered inhibition; increase in risky behavior
  • Dizziness
  • Talkativeness
  • Slowed reaction times and reflexes
  • Poor motor coordination
  • Altered perceptions and emotions
  • Blurred vision
  • Slurred speech
  • Less ability to reason; impaired judgment
  • Memory loss
  • Confusion, anxiety, restlessness
  • Slowed heart rate; reduced blood pressure
  • Slowed breathing rate
  • Heavy sweating
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dehydration
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Bad breath/hangovers


  • Drunk Dialing
  • Stupid Tattoos
  • Becoming That Guy

Alcohol and Sexual Performance

Drinking alcohol may lower inhibition and make sexual encounters more likely to occur, but it can place both men and women in unwanted or compromising situations such as the following:

  • Heavy drinkingdulls sensation and makes it more difficult for men to have and maintain an erection.
  • Even if men can maintain an erection while intoxicated, they may be unable to have an orgasm or ejaculate.
  • Drinking can make you unaware if you are performing poorly in bed.
  • Long-term effects of alcohol can include impotency and decreased fertility.
  • 60% of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are transmitted under the influence of alcohol.1
  • In 67 percent of unplanned pregnancies, at least one of the sexual partners was drunk.2
  • University Health Service. "Alchohol and Sex;" University of Michigan, 2005.
  • Ibid.

Dangers of alcohol poisoning

One of the most dangerous short-term consequences of binge drinking is alcohol poisoning, which can lead to irreversible brain damage or even death.

Excessive drinking depresses nerves that control things like breathing or the gag reflex. Drinking too much in too short a time can lead to slow or stopped breathing; irregular or stopped heart beat; choking on vomit; severe dehydration; low body temperature; or too little blood sugar.

Don’t ever let someone “sleep it off.” Blood alcohol levels continue to rise in the body even when someone is passed out and no longer drinking. Watch for these signs of alcohol poisoning and get help immediately:

  • Mental confusion, stupor or coma
  • Passed out and difficult to wake
  • Cold, clammy, pale or bluish skin
  • Vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Slow or irregular breathing
  • Hypothermia (low body temperature)

Long-term effects of alcohol

Over time, long-term alcohol use can cause permanent damage to the body and the brain, putting drinkers at serious risk of many health problems, including:

  • Physical dependence on alcohol
  • Liver disease, including alcoholic hepatitis (inflammation of the liver) and cirrhosis (scarring of the liver)
  • Heart disease, high blood pressure and some forms of stroke
  • Brain damage
  • Cancer of the head and neck, the digestive tract and the breast
  • Pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas)
  • Mental disorders, including increased aggression, depression and anxiety
  • Birth defects in children born to women who drink during pregnancy
  • Sexual problems and decreased fertility
  • Bone damage
  • Immune deficiency, causing increased susceptibility to certain diseases
  • Permanently becoming That Guy
  • Having an entire Web site named after your negative behavior:

Alcohol poses unique health risks for women

  • Research shows that women are more vulnerable to alcohol-related diseases because when men and women drink the same amount of alcohol, women develop higher blood alcohol levels than men do.3 In other words women get more intoxicated and get intoxicated faster than men do.
  • Women have a higher propensity to develop liver disease than men do. The amount or alcohol necessary to produce cirrhosis in the liver in women is two to three times less than in men.4
  • Drinking can affect your skin because dehydration deprives skin of vital nutrients.
  • For many reasons including hormonal changes and social pressures women are 50% more likely to suffer from depression.5Depression and stress are leading factors for drinking in women.67Additionally after drinking heavily, many women feel depressed.
  • Lieber, Charles S. "Gender Differences in Pharmocokenetics of Alcohol." Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research: Vol. 25, No. 4; April 2001.
  • Ibid.
  • The Commonwealth Fund survey of the health of adolescent girls, New York: The Commonwealth Fund, 1997.
  • National Center on Addition and Substance Abuse. Formative years: Pathways to substance abuse among girls and youn women ages 8-22. Columbia Universtiy, New York NY, 2003.
  • The Commonwealth Fund survey of the health of adolescent girls, New York: The Commonwealth Fund, 1997.

For additional information check out the “that guy” site at

DOD Stands Up Ebola Task Force

By Claudette Roulo, DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5, 2014 - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has established an internal Ebola task force to evaluate how the department can most effectively support overarching U.S. government and international efforts to prevent further transmission of the virus, the Pentagon press secretary said today.

There has been no impact to U.S. Africa Command's operations in Africa as a result of the Ebola virus, Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters during a news briefing.

"But clearly, we're watching this as closely as everybody else is and it's an interagency effort here in the United States," the admiral said. "It's not just the Pentagon, it's CDC, USAID, it's State Department. I mean, we're all talking about this and working on this."

A small number of department personnel remain on the ground in West Africa, Kirby said, assigned to the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases in Liberia.

They have established diagnostic laboratory capabilities there and have provided personal protective equipment to those involved in testing for the disease, a defense official said. The personnel have also supplied thousands of Ebola test kits to laboratory personnel. No DOD personnel are currently in Sierra Leone, but AMRIID has established diagnostic laboratory capability there as well.

A second American patient, Nancy Writebol, arrived at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, Georgia, today. Writebol and Dr. Kent Brantly, who arrived Aug. 2, were transported from Liberia on contracted private aircraft. "There was no military participation in the movement," Kirby said. Both patients are being treated in a specialized containment unit at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

Carlisle Barracks to start using 7-digit dialing July 28

This summer, five-digit phone dialing will no longer be supported for Carlisle Barracks telephone users.  Because of the new Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Program (I3MP) project at Carlisle Barracks, Our legacy telephone systems are being replaced with new technology and features.  As such, Carlisle Barracks employees will eventually need to dial a seven-digit phone number for all calls and faxes on Post. This new dial plan will also put us in compliance with the latest Army Regulations.


Post I3MP Dialing from Carlisle Barracks


Type of Call

Dialing Pattern



Seven Digit Dialing



94+Seven Digit Number (CONUS)

94+Ten Digit Number (OCONUS)



Official Long Distance CONUS

97+Area Code+Seven-Digit Number


Official Long Distance OCONUS

96+Country Code+City Code+Local Number


Toll Free

99+1+800/888/877+Seven-Digit Number


Commercial Operator



Local Carlisle Area

99+Seven-Digit Number






The voice mail system lets you know you have messages by either a message waiting light, or you will hear a stutter dial tone when you pick up the handset. When you log into your mailbox, the summary tells you the number of new messages in the message list.

Empty your mailbox by deleting messages as often as possible. Read messages are automatically deleted by the system after 10 days.

  • Dial the access number – 895-2700. From off post dial 245-4990.
  • The system will prompt you for your mailbox – enter 5 plus the last 4 digits (5-XXXX) of your phone number and press #.
  • The system will then prompt you for your password – enter your password and press #. On new accounts the password will be 245 plus the last 4 digits of your phone number.
  • You are now logged into your mailbox. The system will tell you if you have new messages. To play new messages, press 2. To go to the next message, press 6; to go to the previous message, press 4.
  • To delete the message, press 76.


The Carlisle Barracks telephone system routes calls to voice mail in accordance with user programmable instructions. The system will forward calls under two conditions; when called extension is busy and when the called extension does not answer within four rings.  Below are the steps to forward to voicemail. 

  • Pick up your handset and enter #95  hang up to clear existing call forwarding
  • Pick up your handset and dial #96 hang up to clear existing call forwarding
  • Pick up your handset and enter *95, you will hear a broken dial tone: enter 895-2700. Hang up handset.
  • Pick up your handset and dial *96, you will hear a broken dial tone: enter 895-2700. Hang up handset.



  • Pick up your handset and dial *71.
  • Dial the Seven digit # you wish to forward calls to (ex. 2453212). Hang up when you hear double tone.
  • To stop call forwarding, pick up handset, dial #71 and hang up.

    Some Meridian telephone instruments at Carlisle Barracks are forwarded through the use of a soft key located under “FORWARD” on the telephone display screen.  If you have this type of telephone and need assistance with programming, please contact your organizational TCO.


For help or questions, users should contact the NEC Service Desk at 245-3000 or

Exterior renovations start for Forbes Ave homes

You may have noticed a recent flurry of activity on the historic Forbes Avenue homes. It’s all part of a project that will see exterior painting of 28 homes and patio replacement on 16 homes along the Letort side of Forbes Ave.

Using precautions that are standard with homes built and painted prior to 1978, workers have begun  the process of scraping  exterior paint in preparation of repainting. Once painting is complete all Forbes Ave homes will receive new gutters and downspouts that assist is the control of rain water.   

“Forbes Ave is a neighborhood that was built in the 1940’s, prior to the banning of lead based paint in painting applications, therefore we will take all precautions necessary to ensure we are following all Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)and OSHA guidelines when removing rotted wood, prepping, and scraping the loose and flakey paint from the surface,” said Theresa Steele, Community Manager, Balfour Beatty Communities, the post’s private housing partner.

The work will be performed by an EPA licensed contractor. The individuals performing the work are trained in lead safe work practices and are  following EPA and Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) guidelines to safely complete the work, according to Steele. The Families living on Forbes are not at risk while this effort is being conducted. All appropriate protocols and precautions are being made to ensure safety. Tom Kelly, director of Public Works, says the process is similar to the same processes used on other Army-owned facilities on the installation due to their age.

On the Letort side of Forbes Ave, homes will receive new modern concrete block retaining walls and patios upon the removal of old timber retaining walls, according to Ty McPhillips, BBC Project Director. The new patio areas will be beautiful and a great place to relax overlooking the creek.

It is an exciting time for the Forbes Ave resident’s as their neighborhood is improved for many years to come.

UPDATE: Army War College will investigate and adjudicate alleged plagiarism

July 30, 2014 –  As has previously been announced, the Army War College will conduct an Academic Review Board to fully and fairly investigate the allegations that retired Col. John Walsh plagiarized a paper he wrote in 2007 while an Army War College student.

The Academic Review Board will follow its standard procedures and issue a written report about the alleged plagiarism, including findings and recommendations to address further action, as appropriate. The authority to take administrative or disciplinary action, as appropriate, remains with the U.S. Army War College.

Neither the Department of Defense Inspector General nor the Department of the Army Inspector General will conduct any formal oversight of the Academic Review Board procedures, although both will be notified prior to the release of the USAWC finding to retired Col. Walsh.

July 24, 2014 --

The Army War College initiated its own analysis of the paper and determined that there was reasonable cause to refer the case to the US Army War College Academic Review Board, which is the routine process for an allegation related to academic standards, academic integrity or academic progress.

The Academic Review Board is the part of the fact-finding and deliberative process used for all cases of suspected plagiarism or misconduct for a neutral, independent review of the case. The Academic Review Board is composed of faculty members responsible to review the evidence and make a recommendation to the Army War College leadership. The board process is outlined in the current policy memo entitled, Disenrollment from the US Army War College. The policy guidance has been followed in a variety of disenrollment cases over the years.

The process was initiated by notification to the individual specifying the facts and circumstances supporting the belief that the student has failed to meet academic integrity. The board considers written material submitted by the student or graduate; the individual may appear before the board and present information.

The Academic Review Board reviews the weight of evidence, and makes a written report with analysis of the alleged failure; a finding as to whether the alleged failure occurred; and a written recommendation as to whether the student should be disenrolled and/or other actions taken, as appropriate.

The ARB consults with a legal advisor who will review the ARB report for legal sufficiency. Proceedings under Carlisle Barracks Memo 350-7 are administrative, not judicial.

The Army War College policy then and now notes that substantiated allegations of plagiarism may result in dismissal from the program.There have been 8 cases since 1990 for which the Army War College revoked the graduation status of a former student after graduation: 6 for plagiarism and 2 for misconduct. If the plaque bearing graduates' names has already been hung in front of the college, they have had their name removed from the metal plate.

Then and now, we presume the integrity and professionalism of our highly qualified and experienced students is intact, unless there is reason to believe otherwise.

Army recognizing Fifth 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. 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, Department of the Army 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 recognizing and reporting suspicious behavior indicating a potential terrorist act; establishing procedures to properly vet contractors who require access to Army facilities; and planning and conducting effective antiterrorism exercises addressing the range of threats along with their associated protective measures.

What has the Army done?

As part of our observance of Antiterrorism Awareness Month, leaders at all levels should seek to integrate Army Families and Family Readiness Groups into our protective umbrella. Not only are they vital members of the Army community, they represent a formidable group that greatly extends the eyes and ears of our law enforcement and security professionals. Leaders should identify ways each individual can contribute to the collective effort of keeping our Army and our installations safe from those who would do us harm.

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 (see resource below).

In addition, to commemorate the attacks of 9/11, the OPMG (AT Branch) is establishing an AT information booth in the Pentagon from Aug. 5-7, 2014, 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 efforts does the Army National Guard plan to continue in the future?

  • Increased awareness associated with insider threat and active shooters
  • Continued integration of AT into the Army Protection Program and DoD Mission Assurance
  • Continuation of AT awareness quarterly themes for FY15
  • Execution of quarterly Army AT Synchronization VTCs

U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center Fort Rucker, Ala.
Don’t let an accident kill your fun this summer

Hanging out at the pool or beach on hot summer days is a great way to beat the heat, but water-related activities come with certain risks. Don’t let an accident kill your fun this summer — know your limitations and mitigate the hazards to ensure your day in the sun and surf doesn’t end in tragedy.

Strong swimming skills are essential if you plan to be on or near the water. If you’re not already a swimmer, check with your local Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation directorate to schedule lessons. Organizations off post, including the Red Cross and YMCA, also regularly schedule classes for both novice and experienced swimmers.

We talk a lot about battle buddies in the Army, and spending a day on the water is no time to go solo. Always swim with a buddy; even experienced swimmers can get hurt or become tired and be unable to exit the water without help. A swim buddy can provide valuable assistance or call for help if an emergency happens.

Open bodies of water like rivers, lakes and oceans have a number of hazards that aren’t found in regular swimming pools, primarily currents and a propensity for rapidly changing conditions. Therefore, it’s ideal to swim only in areas supervised by lifeguards, who are thoroughly trained in rescue techniques. But should you be caught in a current without a lifeguard nearby, don’t panic or fight against the water. Swim parallel to shore until you leave the current and gradually make your way back to the sand. If the current is too powerful, float along with it until it slows down to conserve your energy. Exhaustion can set in very quickly when trying to swim out of a current.

Above all, never mix alcohol and swimming. Among other side effects, alcohol weakens your judgment, balance and coordination; impairs your swimming and diving skills; and makes it harder for the body to stay warm. Ensure your buddies stay sober on the water as well — a drunk friend will be of no assistance should you need help and might be inclined to take unnecessary risks that lead to an accident.

To learn more swimming safety, visit the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center’s interactive Water Safety website at