Banner Archive for August 2017

Commandants Labor Day safety message

This week at Carlisle Barracks Sept. 1-9…

·         Starting September 1st, all Dunham pharmacy refill prescriptions will be dispensed through the PX Pharmacy location.  The PX Pharmacy hours of operation will be 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. M,T,W,F and 7:30 a.m. to noon on Thursdays. Please allow two business days to process all refill requests and call    (717) 245-3874 if you would like to check on the status of your refill prescription. Read more at

·         The Ashburn Drive Gate will be closed Sept. 2-4 for the Labor Day Holiday. It will re-open for normal operation on Tuesday, Sept. 5. Pedestrians may call (717) 245-4115 (Police Desk), and a police patrol will respond to open the gate for entry and exit.

·         The Commissary will be closed Sept. 4-5 for the Labor Day holiday.

·         Celebrate the end of summer with your dog at the annual “Doggie Dip & Yappy Hour” Sept. 7, 5-7 p.m. rain or shine at the Splash Zone Swimming Pool. The Tiki Bar will be open 4- 10 p.m.  as well.

·         Fall Yard Sale is set for Sept. 9, 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. Residents can set up in their yards or driveways. Non-resident employees of Carlisle Barracks and interested vendors can call (717) 245-4616 to reserve a space on Indian Field.

Army War College spouses welcome Martha Kem

Aug. 24, 2017 – With the backdrop of beautiful Quarters 2, spouses of international and U.S. students welcomed Martha Kem, spouse of new Army War College Commandant Maj. Gen. John Kem.

The reception was hosted by Paige Adgie and attended by over 100 spouses at Quarters 2, the traditional home of USAWC Deputy Commandant on the historic parade ground of Carlisle Barracks, Aug 24.

Martha Kem speaks to spouses of the class of 2018 students and faculty on the lawn of Quaters 2 during her welcome to Carlisle reception, Carlisle Barracks, Aug 24

“I am just amazed by the current of people that are just happy to be here,” said Kem. “From the moment that we came here with all the activities and the international crowd, there is just so many great and unique things about Carlisle. We are excited to jump into many of the upcoming events.

“I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible…. let’s have a great year together,” she said.  

International fellow spouse Kahina Edjekouane from Algeria greets Martha Kem as Desislava Gyudzhenova from Bulgaria and Leuba Vicol from Moldova look on during Kem's welcome reception, Carlisle Barracks, Aug 24.

Adgie spoke of the sense community at Carlisle Barracks and the War College family. She recognized the new spouses of the class of 2018. “I must say we have noticed of how eager and excited you are to just embrace this wonderful year. You have certainly shown your support.”

The Kems have a daughter Katie who is a recent graduate of MIT and two sons, Rob attends a University; James a High School sophomore.

10-digit dialing starts Aug. 26

Mandatory 10-digit dialing for all local calls will begin on Saturday, Aug 26. Starting on that date, according to the Pennsylvania Utility Commission, callers who dial a seven-digit number will reach a recorded announcement instructing them to hang up and redial the number using the area code plus the seven-digit number.

Keeping our community safe is everyones job

We all know that our police, guards and emergency responders are the front line in keeping the Carlisle Barracks Community safe. But each of us also has a very important role in keeping our community safe and secure. This includes everything from vandalism to possible security concerns.

If something doesn't look right, it's your duty to report it. Asking questions and paying attention to changes around you may help save lives.

Not sure how or who to call? There are a number of ways to do so at Carlisle Barracks.

If the situation is an emergency or requires immediate attention, call 911.

Carlisle Barracks and the United States Army War College has an “ iWATCH ” Program; See Something – Say Something. In short, suspicious persons, packages, and vehicles that are seemingly out of place should be reported to the Carlisle Barracks Police Desk at, (717) 245-4115 or online using the suspicious activity report at

The form can be filled out anonymously.  

Give as many details as you can. Here is a checklist to help you.

1. The date and time

2. Where it happened

3. What you witnessed.

4. A description of who was involved

  • Male or female
  • How tall
  • Build
  • Hair color, skin color, age
  • English speaking or another language?

5. Was there a car? Note the license plate number.

6. Have you seen this activity in your neighborhood before?

Strategic perspectives enlarged by, for International Fellows in the USAWC seminars

The resident USAWC Class of 2018 is underway with 79 international officers, from 77 countries, below. These International Fellows will integrate into the 24 seminars, or cohorts, that study together for the six-month core courses of the Army War College.

Each seminar includes representation from the Army, Air Force, Navy or Marine Corps, Reserve forces and National Guard, federal agency civilians associated with national security, and international officers. No more than 60 percent of students or faculty are Army, so as to incorporate diverse perspectives in discussions, case studies, and exercises. Because the Army War College has the largest body of international officers among the senior service colleges, each seminar benefits from the perspective of 3-4 International Fellows.

Col. Ahmed Ambu Saidi carries on a discussion with Carlilse City Mayor Tim Scott as international fellows Norwegian Col. Frode Kristrofferson and Col. Saleh Hadeed from Qatar listen in during their visit to the Carlisle City Borough.


The war college refers to the international officers as Fellows, acknowledging the significant contributions they can make to enrich the educational environment. 

The International Fellows provide insights representing their countries’ interests and regional perspectives, as well as insights from professional military experiences.  In turn, the IF benefit from opportunity to establish mutual understanding and rapport with each other and with senior U.S. officers.

The Field Studies Program for International Fellows ensures that dual objectives are met for the IF. The goals of International Military Education & Training (IMET) include not only the war college-based professional military education and rapport, but also a better understanding of the United States.

U.S. Army War College International Fellows Australian Col. Todd Ashurst and Malaysian Brig. Gen. Chapiti Redzwan lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery. 

The International Fellows Program Office, at the war college, sponsors a six-week orientation for the international officers, initiated prior to the start of classes.  The course exposes the Fellows to 11 facets of American life and values. Through local engagements and field trips to Philadelphia and Washington D.C., they learn of American perspectives on human rights, diversity in American life, US governmental institutions, political processes, judicial system, free market system, education, health and human services, international peace and security, and the law of war.

Briefings, discussions, visits and official engagements create an experience-based introduction to American life – one that will be deepened through seminar experiences; social, sports, and other events at Carlisle Barracks; and everyday life in the Carlisle area.  Among early experiences are their visits to Hershey Medical Center and the Milton Hershey School; visits to Philadelphia’s Independence Hall and National Constitution Center; and meetings at the Department of State, Pentagon; and honors to fallen Soldiers at Arlington Cemetery.

The international composition of the resident class is shaped by national alliances, partnerships and emerging relationships as determined by the Secretary of State, for Defense Department execution. (There are international officers in the distance education program, the Combined/Joint Land Component Commander Course, and the Strategists’ Course.) For Academic 2018, these countries are represented in the resident student body:

Afghanistan; Albania; Algeria; Argentina; Armenia; Australia; Austria; Bangladesh; Benin; Bosnia-Herzegovina; brazil; Bulgaria; Burkina Faso; Cambodia; Canada; Chile; Colombia; Croatia; Czech Republic; Egypt; el Salvador; Estonia; Ethiopia; Georgia; Germany; Greece; India; Indonesia; Iraq Israel; Italy; Jamaica; japan; Jordan; Kenya; Korea; Kosovo; Kuwait; Lebanon; Lithuania; Malaysia; Mali; Mexico; Moldova;; Mongolia; Montenegro; morocco; Nepal; Netherlands; new Zealand; Niger; Nigeria; Norway Oman; Pakistan; Peru; Poland; Qatar; Romania; Rwanda; Saudi Arabia; Senegal; Serbia; Slovenia; south Africa; Spain; Sweden; Taiwan; Tanzania; Togo; Tunisia; Uganda; Ukraine; united kingdom; Vietnam; Zambia

USAWC Command offers deployed soldiers’ Blue Star spouses community, support
CARLISLE, Pa. (August 22, 2017) – Deployments are hard for both service members and their families, which is why the Army War College sponsors a unique Family Readiness Group to ensure service members can know their families benefit from mutual family support and command commitment to their well-being.
(From Left to Right) Dr. Latinia Shell, Bridget Sullivan, Martha Kem and Sharon Haseman discuss counseling services offered through Army Community Services at Carlisle Barracks. Shell was introduced to the Blue Star Seminar spouses during a planning meeting and luncheon held for the Blue Star Seminar at the Delaney Field Clubhouse Tuesday. 
The Blue Star Seminar met Tuesday at the Delaney Field Clubhouse for a luncheon and meeting to plan out their upcoming year, and to enjoy the valued support and camaraderie of friends. Recreating the seminar camaraderie of the war college experience, the Blue Star Seminar is the command-sponsored family readiness group for spouses of recent graduates and faculty who are deployed.
The 18 families in this year’s Blue Star Seminar include 11 local families and 7 geographically remote families who benefit from a support network and community connections. The war college integrates the seminar in all its special events and programs as evidenced by the Blue Star spouses’ fourth place finish in the recent “boatyard wars,” the team-developing challenge during the Class of 2018 Welcome Picnic.
Sharon Haseman was a blue-star seminar member last year when her husband served in Afghanistan; she now acts as a co-advisor to the group. She spoke to the importance of the support she received from other War College families, whose soldiers were also deployed, and to the difference that support can make throughout a deployment. “It’s important to stay connected to your spouse as much as possible during deployment, but to remember the community is here to support you, and the Blue Star Seminar represents that in a fantastic way,” she said.
“There really is a ton of support here at the war college for families when your husbands are deployed,” said Bridget Sullivan, co-leader of Blue Star Seminar.
“The great thing about the Blue Star is the camaraderie and support system, because most of us have been through it before, so we all kind … know the ropes of deployment, but you still need to have that support group and the friends to help you get through it,” she Sullivan.
USAWC Deputy Commandant Col. Ken Adgie joined Martha Kem, spouse of Commandant Maj. Gen. John Kem, to offer the support of the command group, and a few points of advice and encouragement.
“The key is always communication, both from the command side down to the families, or from the families back up,” said Adgie.
Kem talked about how important the support networks she had during her husband’s deployments were to her, and how happy she is to support the Blue Star Seminar. “I think we’re going to have a lot of fun together, and I’m looking forward to the year with you,” she said.
Seven families of the Blue Star Seminar live near college campuses around the country. Their student-spouses were Army War College Fellows and completed their year of studies at a partner universities throughout the country.

This week at Carlisle Barracks…

Dunham pharmacy renovation underway, expanded hours upcoming

As part of Dunham Army Health Clinic's continuing effort to provide the best possible care to patients, they are adjusting their Thursday afternoon schedule. Starting on Sept. 7, the Clinic will remain open all day for the 1st and 3rd Thursday (5th too, if there is one) of every month. The clinic will remain closed Thursday afternoons for the second and fourth Thursdays.

Additionally, the Main Pharmacy will be under renovation from August to December 2017 to improve their ability to provide efficient, safe, quality care to our beneficiary population. Read more at


Women's Equality Day Presentation Aug. 25, 1 p.m. USAHEC Visitor and Education Center

This lecture is free and open to the public. Ms. C. Kay Larson will discuss the life of Anna Ella Carroll, emphasizing her involvement in the Maryland Secession Crisis, her role in the 1862 Tennessee River Campaign, and the slander that followed her career, as she secured herself in the political and government circles traditionally occupied by powerful men.


CLIF meeting, Aug. 30, 11 a.m., USAHEC

The Community Leader Information Forum is held monthly. Hosted by US Army War College Commandant, CLIF offers an opportunity for the exchange of information with the USAWC leadership and Carlisle Barracks Community. This two-way information flow enhances the ability of members of the Community to stay informed and have a direct line of communication with the installation leaders.


USAG Organizational Day, 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Carlisle Barracks employees with gather for an afternoon of fun and comradery. Many on-post organizations will have limited hours of operation during this period and customers are encouraged to call ahead.


Ashburn Drive gate closure Sept. 2-4

The Ashburn Drive Gate will be closed Sept. 2-4 for the Labor Day Holiday. It will re-open for normal operation on Tuesday, Sept. 5. Pedestrians may call (717) 245-4115 (Police Desk), and a police patrol will respond to open the gate for entry and exit.

War College-wide attention focuses on Prevention, Response to Sexual Assault, Harrassment

Aug. 21, 2017 -- When the Commandant convenes a SHARP Summit at the Army War College, the intent is to raise college-wide awareness and commitment to policies and responsibilities to enforce processes, hold accountable those who would harass or assault, and support victims. 

For the leader-students in the audience, the summit was far more than a conversation about policy. Commandant Maj. Gen. John Kem charged the speakers to put the focus on best practices for leaders.  He charged the student body and faculty to continue to discuss the challenge, in seminar, and recognize how they as senior leaders can sway, or direct, their units’ understanding and commitment.

“Think about your role in the culture and climate,” said Kem. “As much as we’ve improved in the last five or six years, it’s about … maintaining the momentum. The question is, how low can we drive it?” he said about the possibility of sexual assault and sexual harassment.

“It’s all of us who have to make it happen,” he said.

You have the power and responsibility to create a unit climate where your peers will see your actions and your subordinates will see your commitment, said former CID special agent Russell Strand, who addressed the audience along with Pamela Jacobs, advocate attorney, and Monique Ferrell, director of the U.S. Army SHARP Program Office.  In addition to a panel of speakers who talked through a what-if scenario, the speakers surrounded the issue of sexual crime from multiple perspectives: victim support, law enforcement investigation, legal policies, commanders’ roles, and the fundamental theme of command climate.

Monique Ferrell brought attention to the continuum of leader engagement needed to not only response to sexual assault and harassment but to create  unit-wide commitment to prevention (above)

“You will have the visibility of people in your formations and the responsibility for readiness,” said Ferrell. “Brigade commanders and equivalents are recognized as the echelon of leaders who are resourced with medical and legal professionals, and the congressionally-mandated full-time SARCs and victim advocates that are assigned to organizations,” she said, referring to Sexual Assault Response Coordinators.

As the summit came to a close, Command Sgt. Major Christopher Martinez reminded leaders of the enduring effort ahead.  

“This is a war of exhaustion where each one of our generations has to have the will to be able to stand up for what is right every single day, hooking and jabbing and continuing to fight sexual harassment and sexual assault inside of our units,” said Martinez. “We’re always going to have new people rotating into our Army … new to the Army values.  It’s going to be a long fight.

“It’s going to come down to our will to overcome this and treat everyone with dignity and respect,” he said.  

Carlisle Barracks fire fighters assist with local three-alarm fire

Fire fighters from Carlisle Barracks were among the 40 fire companies that responded to a recent three alarm fire at a glass factory in Mt. Holly Springs.

A team of four firefighters and one engine were on scene yesterday morning as part of the mutual support that they provide to area communities including the Carlisle Borough, North Middleton Township, South Middleton Township, Middlesex Township and the Cumberland County Haz-Mat team. During the incident the crew supplied water to the plants sprinkler system and engaged in firefighting inside the building.

“We average about nine mutual aid calls per month,” said Carlisle Barracks Fire Chief Jim O’Connell. He said that they are often called on by the Cumberland County 911 center to assist with calls ranging from structure fires to vehicle accidents and medical assistance.

“What we offer is a fully trained crew of four firefighters responding to all mutual aid calls,” said O’Connell. “The surrounding communities are volunteer and could have manpower issues during the day. “

O’Connell noted that Carlisle Barracks is never left without protection as the post is a two engine fire company.

At the end of the day, providing support to the larger Carlisle community is important according to O’Connell.

“We want to support our neighboring communities and by doing so we keep our skills fresh,” he said.

The Community Spouses host welcome for Mrs. Kem Aug. 24


The Community Spouses are hosting a welcome for Mrs. Martha Kem, at Quarters 2 Garrison Lane, Aug. 24, 2 - 4 p.m.
RSVP are due by the 21st Aug 2017, to ""

Ryan D. McCarthy, Acting Secretary of the Army
2017 Antiterrorism Awareness Month message

August is Antiterrorism Awareness Month in the Army. This is the Army's eighth annual observance of this call to action for Soldiers, Army Civilians, retirees, and Family members to be aware of the dangers posed by terrorism and to be prepared to help combat terrorism. Terrorist attacks have continued at an alarming pace this year. Vigilance and awareness remain critical to countering threats as the online radicalization and mobilization to violence continues to rise.

Throughout the past year, our antiterrorism initiatives addressed the increase in and advancement of terrorist tactics and the need to combat violent extremism. We also continue to expand our collaboration and information sharing through partnerships with State, local, tribal, Federal, and international law enforcement and security agencies.  Prevention is a cornerstone of our antiterrorism strategy.

During Antiterrorism Awareness Month, I encourage leaders at all levels to increase their emphasis on reporting suspicious activity and to promote the understanding of how to identify efforts aimed at radicalization. Although we chose August to highlight awareness and prevention efforts, antiterrorism is a year-round personal and organizational security effort.

An active defense against terrorist attacks is the responsibility of individuals as well as communities. Individuals armed with both awareness and a knowledge of protective measures are the first line of defense for our communities.

Leaders must continuously assess the local security posture, implement an active defense against terrorism through emphasizing antiterrorism awareness, and promote an understanding of antiterrorism preventive and protective measures. Working together, we present a unified defense for the strength of our Nation.

Solar Eclipse 2017: Are You Ready?

On Aug. 21, 2017, North America will have the opportunity to view a total solar eclipse. It will be the first total eclipse in the continental United States in nearly 40 years, and the first coast-to-coast eclipse in a century. The eclipse will make landfall on the west coast at 10:15 a.m. (PDT) just north of Newport, Oregon. Traveling at more than 1,600 mph, the shadow will move across the country in just over an hour and a half before leaving south of McClellanville, South Carolina, at 2:49 p.m. (EDT).

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between Earth and the sun, obscuring the sun — either partially or totally — from a viewer on Earth. Most people in North America will be able to view at least a partial eclipse, while those in some states will see a total solar eclipse.

Viewing a total solar eclipse is a unique and worthwhile experience; but if not done correctly, eye injuries can occur. Most of us would never stare directly at the sun because we know it can cause permanent eye damage. During an eclipse, though, the lower light levels may tempt some to watch it without suitable eye protection. This, too, is extremely hazardous. While most people gradually recover their normal vision within one to six months, some end up with permanent blurry vision and central blind spots.

Indirect viewing using the pinhole-projection method, will be the safest way to enjoy this eclipse. NASA has put together an excellent resource showing how to make a pinhole camera using only cardstock, aluminum foil, tape and a paper clip or pin at This simple tool will allow eclipse viewers to experience the event without risking damaging their eyesight.

For those who still want to view the eclipse directly, special eyewear is needed to avoid injury. Eyewear, including eclipse, prescription and safety glasses and regular sunglasses, are typically certified to various national and international specifications. For example, the American National Standards Institute publishes consensus standards with specifications for prescription eyeglasses, safety glasses used for impact or chemical protection, and sunglasses. The European economic area requires CE (European Conformity) certification for eyewear. The International Organization for Standardization also provides certification of eyewear. Only ISO 12312 2 specifically addresses the safety of solar eclipse eyewear for direct viewing.

While many manufacturers claim their eclipse glasses are specifically made for safe viewing, our informal laboratory tests suggest that not all eyewear offers sufficient protection. Consider the following factors when purchasing solar eclipse eyewear:

• The best eclipse eyewear has the ISO 12312-2 certification. Many of the solar eclipse eyewear manufactured in the United States meet this ISO standard. We tested 25 samples of eclipse eyewear and found the ISO-certified glasses consistently provided adequate protection required to view the sun during an eclipse. All of the ISO-certified eclipse eyewear had additional CE certification markings.

• Eclipse eyewear with only CE certification markings might not offer sufficient protection. We tested two samples of eclipse eyewear that had CE certification markings, but no ISO certification markings. The first sample, manufactured in China, did not provide sufficient protection in our laboratory tests when compared to the ISO 12312-2 standard. The second sample, manufactured in the United Kingdom, provided so much protection that it may be too dark for viewing the eclipse. 

• Some types of welding glass also offer sufficient protection for viewing an eclipse safely. Welding glass comes in different shade numbers which characterize its level of protection. The higher the shade number, the darker the lens and more protection provided at visible wavelengths. Use at least Shade 14 welding glasses to view the eclipse. Shade 5 welding glasses are commonly marketed as eclipse glasses, but these do not provide enough protection.

• Sunglasses and safety glasses used for everyday sun protection and for occupational safety eye protection (including Military Combat Eye Protection sunglasses) do not provide the minimum protection to directly view the eclipse. Nevertheless, some safety glasses are marketed with the word “eclipse” in the name. Others advertise that the eyewear “Meets and Exceeds ANSI Z87.” However, ANSI Z87 has no safety specifications for direct viewing of the sun. ANSI Z87 is a standard for occupational safety glasses for protection against impact, dust, chemical splash and welding.

• Avoid various do-it-yourself techniques for making your own eclipse eyewear, which can be found in instructional videos/websites on the Internet.

If you suspect you have experienced an eye injury due to viewing the eclipse, get an evaluation by an eye care professional as soon as possible. Symptoms might develop immediately or in a few days. The severity or type of symptoms may also change over time. The most common indications of possible injury are blurry vision and central blind spots. Color vision can also be affected.

In closing, we hope many people will be able to experience the upcoming solar eclipse. To view the eclipse safely, remember to use eclipse eyewear with ISO 12312-2 certification for direct viewing or the pinhole-projection method for indirect viewing. While it will be a magnificent event, it’s not worth risking your eyesight.

Antiterrorism Awareness Month

What is it?

August is Antiterrorism Awareness Month in the Army. This is the Army's eighth annual observance of this call to action for Soldiers, Army civilians, retirees, and Family members. The intent is for them to be aware of the dangers posed by terrorism and to be prepared to help combat terrorism. As the online radicalization and mobilization to violence continues to be on the rise, vigilance and awareness remain critical to countering threats.

What has the Army done?

Army antiterrorism initiatives address the ability to counter an increase and advancement of terrorist tactics as well as combat violent extremism. Army communities are expanding information sharing through partnerships with state, local, tribal, federal, and international law enforcement and security agencies. Prevention is a cornerstone of the Army's antiterrorism strategy.

In support of an active antiterrorism awareness campaign, the Office of the Provost Marshal General (OPMG) works continuously with subordinate commands, installations, stand-alone facilities, and operational units to focus on:

  • Recognizing and reporting suspicious activity (including iWATCH Army and iSALUTE).
  • Understanding the threat associated with violent extremism.
  • Educating the community on the ownership and use of unmanned aerial systems as well as the risks from adversarial use.

To commemorate the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the OPMG Antiterrorism Division is establishing an antiterrorism information booth in the Pentagon from Aug. 8-10, 2017 to share information with the Army staff, as well as other Pentagon employees. Army commands and installations are encouraged to conduct similar community outreach efforts to spread the message about the threat we face and protective measures.

What continued efforts are planned for the future?

The antiterrorism community is constantly working on initiatives, threat awareness, and community outreach to sustain vigilance and prevent terrorist attacks. The below antiterrorism awareness quarterly themes are approved for planning purposes. The Army Antiterrorism Enterprise Portal provides a wide range of information and products to support implementation of these themes across the Army:

  • Empowering Antiterrorism Coordinators (1Q/FY18)
  • The Continual Evolving Threat (2Q/FY18)
  • Leveraging the Combatting Terrorism Center (3Q/FY18)
  • Expanding Community Outreach (4Q/FY18)

Why is this important to the Army?

Terrorism is a persistent threat to the Army. Army communities must be ready to defend against the full range of terrorist tactics. The safety of Army personnel, civilians, and Families is of the highest concern both in the field and in civilian life.

Living today with mixed legacy of Treaty  of Versailles

Aug. 14, 2017 -- He captured insights of the most important agreement that came out of the 1919 Paris Peace Conference.

He teaches at the Army  War College. 

At, invest 5 minutes and listen to Dr. Michael Neiberg's captivating interview with Boston Public Radio, WBUR, about his new book, "The Treaty Of Versailles: A Concise History,"

Welcome Expo brings the best of Carlisle to you

Mark your calendars for Aug. 9, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the “Welcome Expo” your incredible one-stop information fair to learn about on-post recreation; registration for fitness classes, youth sports, Scouts, trips; AND downtown churches, restaurants, arts, retailers, community-based non-profits, 'deals' and more. In a very informal yet organized setting, students and spouses and kids will enjoy the extraordinary outlay of all that is available to you this year. Welcome Expo tables/ displays are in Thorpe Gym, the LVCC, and the connecting road.

Rick Gross, ASAP Prevention Coordinator, Carlisle Barracks
Intentional Decision Making and Boatyard Wars: They can go together

August at Carlisle Barracks: moving vans, peak humidity, and… BOATYARD WARS, that old tradition where the incoming class gets together, builds boats out of cardboard and duct tape, and does their best to hold a George-Washington-crossing-the-Delaware-River pose as they cross the Carlisle Barracks swimming pool.  It’s a great tradition, one that officially kicks off the new year for the incoming student class and provides a chance to bond and have fun while doing so.

It’s fairly well known that alcohol plays an informal role in this tradition, as it does in many Army traditions.  The Tiki Hut will have drink specials available during the event.  Summer drinks will be especially common and desirable given the hot weather.  My goal is to get you thinking about how to make alcohol one part of the festivities, and not the main part.

Most times, in situations like this we do not typically stop to think about how to conduct ourselves.  In fact, just the opposite: after PCS’s, trying to get families settled, and reuniting with friends and loved ones, this kind of event seems like the perfect opportunity to relax and let loose a bit.  While true, this also means it is the perfect storm for letting our guard down and making poor decisions.

There are two types of decisions we make every day: habitual decisions and intentional decisions.  Habitual decisions are the things we do regularly and they take very little mental energy.  Morning routines, for example, are just series of habitual decisions (can you imagine having to decide whether to brush your top teeth or bottom teeth first every morning?  Talk about taking a long time to get ready.)  Intentional decisions are the ones that take some effort, that we actually have to think about.  It is helpful to understand how these two types of decision making intersect. 

For example, when we PCS to a new location, this presents opportunities to change our routines.  Habits usually have certain cues, or triggers, associated with them.  It’s 6:00, time to go work out.  Football’s on, where are the chips and salsa?  You get the idea.  When we PCS, many of these cues go away or change, at least temporarily.  It provides us the opportunity to change things, to associate new behaviors with different cues.  But in order to do that, we need to use intentional decision making.  If we don’t, our old habitual decision making will simply attach itself to a new cue.  The power of inertia will make decisions for us. 

What does all this have to do with Boatyard Wars?  There are going to be many cues, or triggers, at the Boatyard Wars.  For some of you, these cues will be associated with alcohol consumption.  These cues include free time (“We have been so busy, it’s nice to be able to finally unwind with a drink”); drink specials (“Two for one?  I can’t afford not to get a second drink!”); and old friends (“Another round for the West Pointers!”)  If we don’t think through what these cues are for us, personally, then we are allowing the inertia of our old habitual behavior to make decisions for us.  That decreases our ability to choose and increases our risk for unwanted consequences.

You can also think of what I’m saying like this: the Army is a huge advocate for planning.  Composite risk management, Lean Six Sigma, MDMP: these are all tools the Army utilizes to encourage soldiers and civilians to manage risk and improve efficiency.  While it would be overkill to do a complete written plan for your participation in the Boatyard Wars, it is worth taking a few minutes to ask yourself: how do I imagine my night going?  What would the best night look like?  How could my night take a turn for the worse?  How much do I plan on drinking?  What are some possible outcomes if I drink more than I intend?

Thinking through these questions by definition gets you into an intentional decision making process.  Don’t let inertia be the deciding factor in how much you drink when you go to the Boatyard Wars.  Be thoughtful about it.

In short, the Boatyard Wars are a fun way to start the year for the incoming class, and a fun-filled tradition here at Carlisle Barracks.  I encourage you to have fun and let loose.  But before you do, think through what you want your decision making to look like, especially related to drinking.  Knowing your plan and sticking to it will allow you to fully immerse yourself in all the activities of the evening, and make alcohol use a part of the evening, not the entire evening.

Army to reunite Northern Arapaho families with children buried at Carlisle Barracks Cemetery more than 100 years ago

More than 130 years after their deaths far from their homes, three Native American children will be disinterred from the Carlisle Barracks Cemetery and returned to their homes in Freemont County, Wyoming.  The U.S. Army’s archeological team is scheduled to begin the project here August 8. These actions are in response to requests from the families of the Northern Arapaho Tribe.

Little Plume (aka Hayes Vanderbilt Friday), Little Chief (aka Dickens Nor), and Horse (aka Horace Washington) were members of the Northern Arapaho Tribe who died in the early 1880s while attending the Carlisle Indian Industrial School.  The Army has maintained a post cemetery since 1918 when the Bureau of Indian Affairs closed the school and the post returned to the control of the Department of the Army.

On behalf of the Army, the Office of Army National Military Cemeteries will manage the disinterment project. The Army is grateful to have the opportunity to help the Northern Arapaho families find closure by reuniting them with their relatives who were buried at Carlisle Barracks Cemetery more than 100 years ago,” said Karen Durham-Aguilera, Executive Director of Army National Military Cemeteries.  ANMC is disinterring and transferring custody of three members of the Northern Arapaho Tribe to their families.  Additionally, the Army is paying for the transport and reinternment of the deceased in Fremont County, Wyoming, in private cemeteries selected by the families. Army Regulation 210-190 guides the disinterment process, as well as the documentation required to establish a link between the decedent and requestor.

The Carlisle Barracks Cemetery will be closed to visitors starting July 30 when set-up begins until completion of actions, tentatively by August 17. The small parking area on Jim Thorpe Road will also be closed during this period.

In respect for the families and tribe, and consistent with Army cemetery protocol, the entire cemetery area will be enclosed with privacy fencing.  Access to the cemetery will be restricted to the ANMC staff; access to the tribal and ceremony tentage will be restricted to family and tribal members.

At this time, no other disinterments are scheduled. This may be the first of several disinterments over the next few years. The Army is contacting all Native American Tribes whose members attended the Department of the Interior Carlisle Indian Industrial School between 1879 and 1918.


What was known as the Carlisle Indian School Cemetery was established on or adjacent to a burial ground with a complex history. Known as the “Old Burial Ground,” this cemetery may have originated during the British Encampment during the French and Indian War (1757-1763), and appears to have been used for the burial of British prisoners of war and potentially others during the Revolutionary War. This location then became the site of the Holmes family burial ground, and became a U.S. military cemetery following the establishment of the Carlisle Barracks in 1837.

In 1879, Carlisle Barracks became the site of the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, operated by the Department of the Interior until 1918.  The school educated more than 10,000 Native American children, with representation from nearly 50 Native American Tribes from across the nation.

Driven by a massive expansion of Carlisle Barracks in 1927 as a result of the Medical Field Services School, the Carlisle Indian School cemetery was relocated to a new burial ground at what was then a quiet, remote part of the installation. Records indicate that more than $4,000 were allocated to move the cemetery, including the purchase of wooden coffins and removing and re-erecting headstones. This cemetery was subsequently used for the burial of military personnel and their families.

Today, there a total of 231 decedents interred in the Carlisle Barracks Post Cemetery:  180 of the decedents are known Native Americans. ANMC representatives believe that the cemetery includes one unknown Native American, 37 veterans and/or their family members, and 13 unknowns not believed to be Native American.

The first burial occurred in February 1882 in the original location.  When the Army assumed control of the post in 1918, the cemetery became a military cemetery.  The cemetery was closed to further interments in 2005 and is operated at the same standards as Arlington National Cemetery.

Find additional information related to Native Americans buried at the Carlisle Barracks Post Cemetery – to include ground-penetrating radar study (Fall 2016), Archival Research Report (Spring 2017), notes from the listening sessions with Native American nations about disinterment:

Inside facts to help newcomers fit in fast

An Army post that honors its military tradition, Carlisle Barracks has the beauty, charm and convenience of a college campus. The small post features the chapel; a retail area (Commissary, Exchange/ Class VI, Exchange vendors like laundry/dry cleaners, more); a youth area (anchored by the Delaney Clubhouse on one end, the new McConnell Youth Center on the other, with the Moore Child Development Center and youth sports field in between); the medical/dental 'corner;' a campus-wide set of fitness opportunities; and recreational venues scattered throughout the post and adjoining (bowling, golf, movie theater, and LVCC's Pershing's Tavern, Tiki Bar, dance classes, etc).

  • The Commissary is open six days a week (closed on Mondays) and features a bakery, custom photo cakes, deli, fresh sandwiches to go, party cakes, rotisserie chickens and sushi.
  • The Exchange complex here features a Subway, GNC, barbershop, optical center, pharmacy pick-up and LIMITED clothing sales. There are more uniform options (Army only) available at Ft. Indiantown Gap.
  • The Class VI is located inside of the Exchange and is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mon-Sat and Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Reynolds Theater shows first run movies on Friday and Saturday evenings, with shows starting at 7:30 p.m. There are also special children's movie matinees scheduled during the year.
  • Check out the key events for the next few weeks at 
  • Barracks Crossings is home to the frame shop and auto center.


Post information line, Facebook official sources for closures, delays

Wondering where to go for information about post closures, delays?

The best place to check for all official post operations is the information line at 245-3700. Updated at least daily, this number always has the latest on post operations.

You can also register for AtHoc, the posts official mass notification tool. Find out how at  

Also check the USAWC Facebook page at the Banner at

Key post policies

  • Dogs are required to be under control on leashes at all times, unless they are in the two on-post dog parks. All waste needs to be picked up by owners as well.
  • Speed limit is 15 miles per hour
  • Fishing on the post is permitted. Persons 16 years of age and over are required to possess a valid Pennsylvania fishing license. Military personnel become eligible to purchase a resident hunting or fishing license after 60 days residence in Pennsylvania.
  • Boats and trailers are not to be parked near quarters or in vehicle parking areas for more than 48 hours. Refer to the BBC Resident Guide for more information. See MWR for storage area usage/availability.
  • The use of fireworks on the installation is prohibited.
  • Due to liability and safety issues, swimming pools and trampolines are NOT permitted in family housing. All basketball hoops and other recreational items must be removed from street and sidewalks when not in use.
  • For safety purposes, no swimming or wading is allowed in streams.  

Chapel Services
The Post Chapel supports Catholic and Protestant congregations and services, and can guide all to religious services throughout the region. For more information visit

  • Vacation Bible School will be offered Aug. 1-5 – you can register by calling 717-245-4330. 
  • An ice cream social will be held within the first month of the school year to welcome both the Catholic and Protestant congregations.
  • A variety of couples retreats and marriages classes are also offered throughout the year.


Fun, fitness for all ages

·         The Splash Zone Swimming Pool for cool summertime fun. Located behind the Letort View Community Center, it offers a large slide, separate baby pool and splash pad. A sand volleyball court is available on a first-come, first-served basis during pool hours of operation. Volleyballs are available at the snack bar or you may bring your own.

·         The Carlisle Barracks Golf Course is one of the finest in Cumberland Valley. It measures more than 6,300 yards, has a par 72, and is fully irrigated, with a normal golfing season from April - November. It also features a recently constructed practice facility that includes a driving range, practice putting green, and a green with a bunker. The golf course running/walking track is popular and beautiful and connects to the Army Heritage and Education Trail for added interest.

·         Strike Zone Bowling Center offers 6 synthetic lanes, automatic scoring, bumper bowling, a pro shop and Strike Zone Pizza.

·         Outdoor recreation offers easy access to skiing, indoor rock climbing, cycling, white water rafting, camping, or mountain climbing just to name a few. Call 717-245-4616 for more information.

·         Jim Thorpe Fitness Center - Whether you are looking for the latest equipment, personal trainers, or a variety of exercise classes, Jim Thorpe Fitness Center has it all for you. You'll find all the amenities you need in an environment that makes you feel at home, regardless of your fitness level.

·         Indian Field Fitness Center - Located across from Root Hall, the fitness center features cardio equipment, free weights, tread mills, elliptical machines and more. The center also has women-only area open from 9-11 a.m. daily.

·         Root Hall Gym- Located adjacent to the Root Hall academic building, is home to a full size basketball and volleyball court, regulation-size racquetball/handball court, and men's and women's locker rooms with saunas. Seminar basketball and volleyball programs are also conducted here.

For more information on these programs visit





Health Care

The Dunham U.S. Army Health clinic at Carlisle Barracks provides high quality healthcare and leadership to maximize medical readiness of the force and improve, restore, and sustain the health of our patients.

The Dunham Health Care Network includes clinics at Carlisle Barracks (Dunham US Army Health Clinic), the Defense Distribution Center near the Harrisburg Airport, the Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg, and the National Guard Training Center at Fort Indiantown Gap. The Network provides care to more than 5,700 retirees and their family members and over 4,900 active duty Soldiers and their family members, a total of approximately 10,600.

Dunham is a member of the TRICARE Northeast Region and the Walter Reed Health Care System, which partners with HealthNet to provide care to the many beneficiaries in the Region. The renovated health clinic is staffed with 9 Officers, 23 Soldiers, and 127 civilians and contractors. Services offered include family medicine, pediatrics, optometry, social work and behavioral health, occupational health, and industrial hygiene. In addition, Dunham offers immunization, laboratory, radiology, and pharmacy support. A soldier medical readiness center, which includes travel medicine information, is a recent addition to the offerings.


Schedule appointments by calling the clinic information line at 245-3400 or toll free at 1-877-787-2569. Follow the prompts to reach the Appointments Section, 1st prompt – 1, 2nd prompt – 1 and 3rd prompt - 2. Patients must wait for the prompt to begin before making selections. Active Duty calling from an office phone on Carlisle Barracks can dial 106 to schedule appointments for the service member. Cancellations can be made by calling 245-3325, please leave name of patient, sponsor's social security number, date of appointment, and name of provider. Please speak slowly and clearly when using this line.  

Don't like waiting on hold to schedule an appointment? You can now schedule your appointments online with only a few clicks of the mouse.

To Schedule an Appointment

  1. Go to
  2. Read the Online Privacy and Security Policy and click "I AGREE"
  3. Log on by entering your Username and Password
  4. Click "Appointments"
  5. Select "Visit Reason", click "View Available Appointments"
  6. Select appointment, or follow the directions to other options.

See something, say something

Carlisle Barracks and the United States Army War College has an “ iWATCH ” Program; See Something – Say Something. In short, suspicious persons, packages, and vehicles that are seemingly out of place should be reported to the Carlisle Barracks Police Desk at, (717) 245-4115. Anything may be reported and it is important to report the Who, What, When, Where, and Why, to the best of your ability to aid in an investigation.

Another way to report to authorities anything out of the norm by filing a suspicious activity report. This is an automated tool that lets reports be generated anonymously. This report can be accessed at iWatch/SuspiciousActivityReport.cfm

Army School Support Services and School Liaison Officers

The Army School Support Services program assists families of military-connected pre-K-12 grade school-age children and youth. School Liaison Officers (SLO) provide commanders, parents and the community with strategies and resources to support academic success and wellness for military-connected children and youth.

The Army School Liaison Officer serves as the installation commander's subject matter expert for school and education issues. The SLO coordinates and implements the School Support Services core requirements:

•School transition and deployment support


•Installation, stakeholder and school communications

•Post-secondary preparation

•Home school support

At Carlisle Barracks, Kristy Cormier and Jacqueline Schulz serves as the School Liaison Officer, leveraging relationships with all of the area schools and school districts on behalf of Army War College families. Contact them at 717.245.4555, or

SLOs help to reduce the stress of school-to-school transition and act as a support during deployments. They mobilize community resources to reduce the effects of military lifestyle on school-age children and implement services to help students achieve academic success. SLOs promote parental involvement and educate local communities and schools about the needs of military-connected children.

SLOs can address educational issues involving military-connected children. They provide information about federal, state, and local education laws and regulations impacting military-connected students with Families, schools, DoDEA, and community-based organizations. They ensure all communications are current with DoD, Army, and local command policies, while working with school, councils, and community groups regarding the pre-K-12 grade education and school transition of military-connected students.

About 80 percent of military children attend public schools. SLOs are familiar with the aspects of military life that impact a military connected student's education. They help to build partnerships between military families, installations, and schools and act as the installation's point of contact for all things school-related. They provide military Families the tools to overcome obstacles for the military children's education.

Robert Martin, Public Affairs Office
U.S. Army War College, local community bid farewell to Maj. Gen. Rapp

Carlisle Barracks and the local community said goodbye for the last time to the 50th Commandant of the U.S. Army War College today at the formal retirement ceremony for Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp July 28.

U.S. Army general officers, 70 classmates from the United States Military Academy, family, colleagues, and government representatives attended the ceremony honoring his more than three decades of service to the United States Army. Rapp had received many honors and medals for his leadership and service, including: Three Distinguished Service Medals, two Legions of Merit and two Bronze Star Medals. At the ceremony, he was presented with the Secretary of the Army’s Public Service Award and the Distinguished Service Medal, which characterized him as “the epitome of the professional officer, a warrior-scholar who genuinely understands the importance of mission accomplishment while caring for Soldiers and Families … demonstrating by personal example the importance of life-long learning to the profession of arms.”

Presiding over Rapp’s retirement was Gen. David Perkins, Commanding General of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command.

Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp stands with his daughter 2nd Lt. Anna, his wife Debbie and son David after his retirement ceremony in Bliss Hall, July 28.

Perkins spoke of Gen. Rapp’s selfless style, contributions to the Army, and daily role-modeling of what right looks like. He noted the decades of Rapp family service to Army and country, continuing with the next generation of three children who have chosen to serve as Army Soldiers: 2nd Lieut. Anna Rapp and two sons David and Robby, both cadets at the United States Military Academy.

Rapp did not speak of his accomplishments during his tenure at the Army War College. Instead, he focused on his family and the friendships that had a deep impact and contributed to his ability to live a life of service. He called out his friends present at his wedding 28 years ago, former bosses, roommates and classmates at West Point, and noncommissioned officers who had positively shaped his career.

“Debbie and I have been absolutely blessed and honored beyond words to finish our Army journey here at Carlisle Barracks,” said Rapp. “We did not get here on our own -- not even close -- so let me start with family because frankly that’s where it all starts.

“If I can see any further today that is because I am standing on the shoulders of giants,” he said about his mother and father, his four sisters, and Debbie’s family.

“I need to thank Debbie, my soul mate. Marrying her was the best decision I have ever made,” said Rapp. “She has always led by example wherever we have been. Every place we have gone she has rolled up her sleeves and done more that her share of the tasks. Ours has been a partnership, and any success attributed to me is rightfully directed to her as well.”

Debbie Rapp's father retired USAF navigator Col. Tony Biggi gives Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp his final salute during Rapp's retirement ceremony, Bliss Hall, July 28

In closing, Rapp quoted Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman: “’It’s enough that the world knows that I am a Soldier.’ I would add that is enough for the world to know that I am in the company of Soldiers,” Rapp said. “The Army and what has made it so special are the people and the public trust that we enjoy and work hard for every day.

“Over this long journey, I have learned much from so many.  I have learned empathy and humility, the need for lifelong learning, the value of effort and persistence, the foundational needs for value and vision, the imperative of taking the harder right over the easier wrong, the need for creativity, and the beauty and sensibility of love,” he said.

Maj. Gen. and Mrs. Bill Rapp will be moving to the Boston area after departing Carlisle Barracks as he starts his next chapter as a professor at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Carlisle Barracks cemetery closure

The U.S. Army has scheduled an archeological team to remove the human remains of three Native American children from the Carlisle Barracks Cemetery and enable their families to return them home to Wyoming, in a project scheduled to begin here August 8. The Army National Military Cemeteries will manage the disinterments, in response to requests from families of the three children.

As a result, the Carlisle Barracks Cemetery will be closed to visitors starting July 31 until disinterment activities complete. Please respect Native Americans' privacy during this time.

Two babysitter courses to be offered in August

Attention post youth – come learn some valuable and potentially life-saving skills that just might help you earn some extra money by attending the upcoming babysitter certification course.   

The 4-H/U.S. Army Babysitter Course will be offered Aug. 7 & 8 or Aug. 15 & 16 at the Post Chapel, 452 Mara Circle. You must attend both days of the session to become certified. The classes will run 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Lunch will be on your own.

The course is open to CYSS members 13-18, but if spots remain after the initial registration, the class will be open to 12-year-olds who wish to participate until the class is full. There is no charge for the class but there is a minimum of 15 students to hold the class with a maximum of 20.

Participants will learn skills in infant & child CPR, first aid and upon completion with be Army 4-H Babysitter Course certified.

Register early – space is limited. For more information or to register call (717) 245-4555. 

Dunham Clinic offering school/sports physicals

In order to provide an opportunity for all kids needing physical for school, sports or the Carlisle Barracks Child, Youth and School programs, Dunham Army Health Clinic is offering appointments Aug. 7-11 (none on Aug. 9) and 14-18.

Please bring the following with you to the appointment:

·         Yellow shot records or copies of your child’s immunization record

·         Eye glasses if your child wears them

·         The parent portion completed on each form needed for each child (School/sports physical/CYS and school medication administration forms) . Forms can be obtained at

·         Both school and sports physicals can be completed during the visit  

To schedule your appointment, call (717) 245-3400.